I think I was Italian in another life! Since the late 90’s, I have been fascinated with Italian wine and culture. My dad grew up in an Italian neighborhood, where his mother learned to make amazing spaghetti and meatballs, and his dad learned how to make wine from their Italian friends. Later, my dad, having been influenced by my passion for wine, delved into the world of Italian wines. He bought the good stuff; Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone, Brunello, and Bolgheri “Super Tuscans”. They became the centerpiece of our family celebrations.
A true fantasy of mine has been to utilize my knowledge and passion to teach about Italian wine, and I’m finally making it happen on December 11, noon-3:30, in the Oakland hills. With twenty years of experience in the restaurant business, and almost a decade as a sommelier, buying wine for restaurants, I’ve finally found the nerve to share my love for Italian wine with you. So, I surrounded myself with a great team of Italian friends to help immerse this workshop in all things Italy. We’ll travel from Sicily to Piedmont, tasting food and wine, and be serenaded by the sounds of musician Laura Inserra, playing music from each region. It all takes place in the comforts of my beautiful home, overlooking the bay. With the help of chef Marco Antonelli, you’ll try wild boar ragout and Barbera, from Piedmont, Focaccia al Formaggio and Pigato, from Liguria, pasta with porcini mushrooms and Etna Rosso, from Sicily, and that’s just to whet your appetite.
The workshop is for beginners and aficionados alike. I’ve had everyone from first time wine drinkers, to winemakers get something useful out of this workshop. Past attendees not only loved the food and wine, but they felt engaged and included in the conversation. Beginners will ideally start to understand what they like, and how to ask for it, while wine professionals will benefit from reinforcement of existing knowledge. Nonetheless, it will be relaxed, informative, delicious, and engaging.
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Vegetarians are welcome. Be sure let me know what your dietary restrictions are in advance.
I can't wait to share the day with you.