In this live one-hour webinar, we explore the origins of Italy’s first ever DOCG, Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, where we see Sangiovese reach its full potential. An appellation where history, climate and influence of highly skilled winemakers play key roles in the evolution of its wines.
This detailed webinar focuses on the foundations of the appellation where Brunello is grown, the unique characteristics of the grape and different methods used in production. We will learn the methods used to identify the best locations to grow Sangiovese and gain exclusive insight on the producers of this Southern Tuscan region.
Mario Cagnetta is the head sommelier at Buca Cucina and has worked for prestigious restaurants like Buca Yorkville, Buca King and Don Alfonso 1890 in Toronto. He developed Wine Education Programs for King Street Food Company and he is very passionate about wine and food pairings. He has achieved Italian Wine Scholar, Spanish Wine Scholar, Burgundy Master level, Bordeaux Master Level with highest honors and also owns Master Level in Champagne and Provence. He is also a Certified Sommelier from AIS, the Italian Sommelier Association and from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Before starting his wine and sommelier career he worked as a journalist for 15 years in Italy and Canada. He holds a Masters Degree in Literature and Journalism from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. And recently led the Wine Scholar Guild Webinar on Valtellina and Sforzato.
Nestled between the Apennine and the Sub Apennine, Umbria is Known as the « Green Heart of Italy » and is aptly, overflowing with extraordinary food and wine traditions! While often overshadowed by its famous, and wealthy neighbor to the West (Tuscany), Umbria has a rich culture in its own right. A place where ancient meets maverick, and tradition meets modernity, Umbria welcomes both international, but is also the home of many indigenous grapes as well, and is home to many little known wine treasures: full bodied reds, age-worthy whites, red passito wines, the only DOC regulated botrytis wine in Italy, and even a host of artisanal traditional method sparkling wines!
This webinar will dive deep into the terroirs, appellations, and wines of Umbria, and also explore the ancient and contemporary history, which shapes the wines and culture, making it such an exciting place to explore.
Tanya Morning Star Darling is the owner of Cellar Muse Wine School in Seattle Washington where she teaches the French, Italian, and Spanish Wine Scholar certification courses, she is proud to have been named French Wine Scholar Instructor of the Year in 2018. Tanya is an approved WSET instructor for L1-L4 curriculums, and is faculty at South Seattle College where she is a professor of Wine History, and has developed many wines of the world curriculums. She is an Official Ambassador of Bourgogne Wines, the Official Ambassador of Orvieto Wines, and works frequently in both France and Italy.
Tanya holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, is a Certified Wine Educator, has completed the WSET curriculums through Diploma Level, and has passed the Bourgogne Master, Provence Master, and Champagne Master Levels, all in the top scorer category.
Tanya brings joy into studying to help students find their path to success.
Heroic viticulture can be defined in several ways. Surely, to grow grapes under quasi impossible conditions must be included in that definition. The lagoon of Venice is perhaps the most unlikely place in the world to grown grapevines. Yet, few know that the Serenissima has centuries old history of growing wine grapes and making wine for its population. This seminar explores different type of heroic viticulture, the history of wine in Venice and its lagoon and discover that it is still possible today to taste wines from grapes grown in the lagoon.
A self-declared “Gourmand and a Storyteller”, JC is deeply passionate about wine and other pleasures of the table. Holder of the WSET Level 4, he is a WSET Certified Wine Educator and a Vinitaly Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. In January 2019, he was appointed Greater China Ambassador for Franciacorta and Master of the Hong Kong Delegation of the “Ordine dei Cavalieri del Tartufo e dei Vini d’Alba”. JC now talks about wine live on RTHK Radio 3 each Thursdays in Hong Kong and contributes to Spirito diVino Italia with bi-monthly articles on the issues facing Italian wineries when selling their wines in Greater China. After 27 years in Hong Kong, he relocated to Verona in November 2021 where he specializes in wine marketing including strategy, education, and storytelling. He is committed to stimulate the growth of Italian wines in international markets.
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In this webinar we will explore Abruzzo's varied terroir and indigenous grape varieties and see how much this beautiful region has to offer. We will discuss the DOC/DOCG appellations as well as the principal grape varieties. Abruzzo has remarkable white, red and rose wines and a long history to boot. We will also look at the styles and aging vessels winemakers are using to express the nuances of their locations.
Susannah teaches Italian wine classes for the Italian Trade Commission, presents seminars and webinars for individual wine producers and wine regions at various schools and events and through her company Vigneto Communications promotes wine and food products in the U.S. with her team. She does media, trade relations and often helps to find importers and distribution. She holds various wine certificates from schools around the world including an Italian sommelier certificate from the Associazione Italiana dei Sommeliers (AIS). the Diploma in Wines & Spirits (DipWSET) from the WSET, the qualification as an Italian Wine Ambassador from the Vinitaly International Academy, the CSW and CSS from the Society of Wine Educators, the Italian Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar certificate from the Wine Scholar Guild. and a certification from the Spanish Wine Academy. She teaches wine classes, and has written for Civilta del Bere, Palate Press, The Financial Times, Gourmet Retailer, Food, Food & Beverage Business, Snooth.com, the Organic Wine Journal, the Sommelier Journal, F&B Magazine and GDO Week. She pens a wine blog called Avvinare.com. Fluent in English, Italian, and French, she also speaks advanced Spanish and elementary Portuguese. She works with clients in all four languages. Susannah is a proud member of Les Dames d’Escoffier’s New York Chapter and co-Chair of their annual event focused on the Beverage Industry entitled, “The Next Big Sip.”
Apart from the Côte d’Or in Burgundy, perhaps no other wine territory has been dissected in greater detail than the Barolo zone. This makes perfect sense, as these are arguably the two most ideal representations of the concept of terroir; just as Pinot Noir from one village in Burgundy reveals different flavors than that of another nearby hamlet, so too offerings of Barolo from various communes often display diverse characteristics, despite the fact that every wine here is made exclusively from Nebbiolo.
There are 11 approved communes in the Barolo production zone. For this article, we will deal primarily with the five largest: La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Barolo itself. The remaining six are Cherasco, Diano d’Alba (interestingly, planted more to Dolcetto than Nebbiolo), Grinzane Cavour, Roddi, Verduno and Novello; these last two are home to two of the most in-demand vineyards in the entire zone: Monvigliero in Verduno and Ravera in Novello.
The Italian wine world is full of wine-related terminology that many consumers struggle to understand. Learning the meaning of a few key terms can increase your confidence level and help you make informed decisions when selecting your next glass, or bottle, of vino. We have compiled a list of 25 common terms and phrases that we know will help you navigate the delicious world of vino Italiano!
Whether it is in the bilingual wine labels of Alto Adige, or the occasional Slavic grape name in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italian wine often reveals the duality of culture present in some of the country’s border regions. Tucked into Italy’s northwestern corner, Valle d’Aosta certainly demonstrates this, as its language, cuisine and wine seem to have one foot in Italy and another in France.
Calabria is one of the most undiscovered wine regions in Italy, although its wine history and heritage goes back to very ancient times. The ancient Greeks called it “Oenotria”, land of wine, when they first reached the Ionic coast of Calabria, discovering a wonderful land with perfect conditions of climate and soil to grow grapes and produce wine. A wine that was even offered to the winners of the Olympic games as a special award.
This webinar will guide you through this amazing region, showing the diversity of terroir, grape varieties and styles of wine it can offer and revealing the new wave of producers who are bringing this region back to ancient fame.
Tommasella Perniciaro was born in Italy, but her professional career took her to Spain and Sweden, where she currently lives. After taking the WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits in London in 2015 and the French Wine Scholar (FWS) in 2016, she became WSET Certified Educator and founded The Good Wine Habit wine school in Gothenburg, where she runs the WSET Level 1-3 wine courses. Moreover, she teaches the online WSET Diploma in Wine for the WSET London School. Tommasella is a Vinitaly Italian Wine Ambassador (VIA), Vinitaly Certified Italian Wine Educator and Valpolicella Wine Specialist (Consorzio Tutela Vini della Valpolicella) for the Swedish market, where she organizes masterclasses and tastings about Italian wines for the trade and wine lovers.