4 Week Discovery Course; Spain & Italy
On this 4 week course you'll get to grips with two of the worlds most exciting wine countries. Both Spain & Italy have long illustrious winemaking histories and are a treasure trove of vinous delights. This course looks takes a look at both the traditional and the modern faces of these proud winemaking nations and uncovers some real gems along the way.
Our Iberian journey begins in Northern Spain and kicks off with a glass of Spains very own bubbly Cava followed by a mini Rioja Masterclass. You may know that Rioja is produced in 4 main styles, Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva but did you know that there's more to Rioja than just the Tempranillo grape? Our masterclass will explain it all. We will then explore wines from up and coming regions including Ribera del Duero, Rueda & Rias Baixas. Next we devote some time to the world famous wine from Jerez, Sherry, & taste and explain the difference between a range of styles and match some Sherry with typical tapas-style snacks. Finally we will reveal what's hot from southern Spain and taste our way through a selection of new-wave wines coming from relatively unknown regions such as Jumilla, Yecla and Extremadura.
Our Italian Escapade takes us from the Piemonte in the North East, to the Veneto in the North West and then dips down into Tuscany before we explore wines from the sunny south and the idyllic island of Sicily. We will taste a whole bunch of native grapes (many only grown in Italy) that makes Italy such an exciting, if confusing country to explore but it is this diversity that makes Italy so unique in the world of wine. Our Italian escapade includes a mini masterclass on the wine that made Italy famous, Chianti, in which we pay homage to the Sangiovese grape.
Course Programme (4 x Tuesday Evenings):
- Tuesday 6th March; Iberian Journey Part 1: Northern Spain including Cava, a mini Rioja masterclass and wines from northern Spain's up and coming regions
- Tuesday 13th March; Iberian Journey Part 2: Southern Spain including Sherry from Jerez and new wave wines from the south
- Tuesday 20th March; Italian Escapade Part 1: Northern & Central Italy including wines from Piemonte, The Veneto & Tuscany with a mini masterclass on Chianti
- Tuesday 27th March; Italian Escapade Part 2: Sun-kissed wines from the south of Italy and Sicily
Professional ISO tasting glasses, all course materials including tasting sheets and table water are provided
Course fee structure:
To secure your place we ask for £60 on booking. Then there's a charge of £10 cash on each evening to cover the cost of wines, water biscuits and nibbles as featured. That's the equivalent of just £25 per evening.
Our 4 week Discovery Course makes a great gift and can be purchased as a Gift Voucher for just £100
Places remaining: 16
Course Date/Time: Tue 6th Mar 2018 at 7-9pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The Library Restaurant, Norwich