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Snooth User: ShannonBard

Wine Education for Restaurant Owner New England

Posted by ShannonBard, Dec 9, 2010.

We are currently in the restaurant industry and are looking to increase our wine knowledge.   I would like to give my husband a gift of a wine course for Christmas. 

I am looking for a course lasting between 1 and 3 days in the New England Area.  He is what I would call an extremely educated consumer and I would like the course to be extremely intensive so that he feels like he has benefited from it.

Any suggestions?


Reply by GregT, Dec 9, 2010.

You could fly me up there and I would blather on about whatever, leaving you confused and disheartened.

More seriously, it's a pretty nice gift. The only thing I would say if you do a big blast that's one to 3 days, it's really hard to remember and to actually taste all that long.  What you MIGHT want to do is come to NYC in January when the Italian Trade Commission does an event.  They usually have breakout seminars, etc., and since you're in the trade, you can attend. This year there's some class or something by   Kevin Zraly, which doesn't interest me in the least, but you can avoid that and spend your time actually learning something by talking to producers, etc.

And there are other, similar events in NYC.  Then there's the huge Boston Wine Show, usually in early Feb.  It's three days and you can really cover a lot of ground, plus go out and eat in Boston.

The Consorzi Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore will continue their multi-year collaboration, “The Italian Wine Masters,” with new trade events in Miami and New York.

The Italian Wine Masters is a multi-year global collaboration that showcases more than 100 producers from four prestigious Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) wine regions. Italy currently has 334 D.O.C. regions and 50 designated as D.O.C.G.

The Italian Wine Masters 2011 U.S. program will kick off on Thursday, February 3 with the program’s first visit to Miami, where events will be held at the newly-opened JW Marriott Marquis from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The program will continue in New York on Tuesday, February 8, at the Hilton New York from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Alongside the grand tastings, intensive master classes will be offered in both cities by renowned wine educator and author, Kevin Zraly. Considered by many to be the United States’ premier wine educator, Kevin is the founder of the Windows on the World wine course and author of the book by the same name.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Dec 9, 2010.

Hey maybe Snooth could run some online wine tutorials using Ustream etc - Should have thought of that when I filled in the survey.


Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Dec 9, 2010.

The Court of Master Sommeliers does an annual entry level class in Boston.  Check their web site.  It's $500+, but you get to taste some really good juice, plus learn how to blind taste.

Also, I'm a wine educator in MA. I can write a series of educational programs for your restaurant, if desired, and more. 

Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 10, 2010.

I can't compete with the qualifications of GDD--if I didn't know better, I would say she planted this question--but I can confuse and dishearten you for half of what GregT charges. 

As a fan of GregT posts, I think that may have been his best.

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Dec 10, 2010.

It does seem rather fishy, eh, Foxy?  ;)

Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 10, 2010.

GDD, suspicion is averted because I would have given you a call out if I had seen the thread before you responded, as well you know.  But this is the time of year when a little extra pocket money is useful... so who knows?

My history with wine, or the lack of good wine, in restaurants in MA has been the subject of my posts before, so I implore all able palated drinkers to help these thoughtful people.  It won't be enough to get me to move (the only places I would consider living besides here are Pinot country in Oregon, somewhere along the Rhone or maybe beachfront in Hossegor), but I might loosen up about visiting my friends in Boston and on the Cape.

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Dec 10, 2010.

My list is over 250 selections and very to global to boot.  MA is getting there.  ;)

Wine culture is strong in MA- it's just strict about wine crossing state lines.  We miss out on some CA stuff, but, as I've stated lots of times, CA doesn't tend to be my bread and butter, so I'm not too concerned about it.

Come visit those pals.

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