From the “a Ph.D. has got to be good for something, doesn’t it?” department…
I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be teaching a six-part seminar on Italian wine starting a month from today, every Tuesday at 7 p.m., at The Austin Wine Merchant. The title of series, “Italy: Birth of a Wine Nation,” was inspired by the vision of Italy’s first two prime ministers, Camillo Cavour and Bettino Ricasoli, both winemakers in their own right. As Italian independence and the Italian monarchy began to take shape in the second half of the nineteenth century, Cavour (in Piedmont) and Ricasoli (in Tuscany) envisioned the production of fine wine as a loadstone of the nascent Italian economy, identity, and nation. If only they were alive today to experience the renaissance of Italian wine!
Please join me in October and November for one or more of my classes and tastings (6 wines will be tasted during each session in one-ounce pours). Participants may reserve for individual or multiple sessions.
ITALY: BIRTH OF A WINE NATION
A 6-class series on Italian wine, past, present, and future with Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D.
Tuesdays in October and early November, staring at 7 p.m.
The Austin Wine Merchant
512 W 6th St.
Austin, TX 78701-2806
To reserve, please call: (512) 499-0512.
Italian Wine 101 — October 6 — $25
Introduction to Italian wines, an overview of Italy’s most important grapes and major wine production zones, and the secret to unlocking the mysteries of Italian wine labels. Taste 6 wines from 6 different regions.
Tuscany — October 13 — $37.50
Learn what makes Super Tuscans so super (you might be surprised at the answer), experience Italy’s quintessential red grape Sangiovese in its greatest expressions (modern and traditional). Taste six wines including Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico.
The “Other” Piedmont — October 20 — $25
This is the Piedmont your mother didn’t tell you about: Moscato d’Asti, Gavi, Freisa, Dolcetto, Barbera, and “outer borough” Nebbiolo. Taste 6 wines that the Piedmontese produce and drink regularly.
Piedmont’s De Facto Cru System — October 27 — $37.50
(recommended for wine professionals and collectors)
Learn the difference between the east and west sides of the Barolo to Alba road and explore the nuanced distinctions between Tortonian and Helvetian subsoils. Debunk the feminine vs. masculine myth in the Barbaresco and Barolo debate. Taste 6 noble expressions of Nebbiolo.
The Enigmatic Wines of the Veneto — November 3 — $37.50
Unlock the mysteries of Valpolicella, Amarone, and Recioto della Valpolicella, taste one of Italy’s most ancient noble wines, Soave, and learn why Venetians love their Prosecco so much. When in Venice: taste 6 ombre as the Venetians say!
Italian Wine and Civilization — November 10 — $25
Read 6 passages from Italian literature and history and taste 6 related wine selections. Readings include Dante, Machiavelli, Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, Camillo Cavour (above, far left, 19th-century Piedmontese winemaker and Italy’s first prime minister), and Bettino “Iron Baron” Ricasoli (above, far right, 19th-century Tuscan winemaker and Italy’s second prime minister).
To reserve, please call: (512) 499-0512
Please make sure you record the sessions and put them on YouTube.
The last class “Italian Wine & Civilization” sounds particularly intriguing. Any chance you’ll take your show on the road?
Jeremy, if I was in Austin, I would sign up…this is great. Build on this!
This is so cool, Jeremy. I so wish I were there! I hope you’ll record the sessions. You can then travel with it and make it into a week-long course (6 wines x 6 days).
congratulation my friend! Do you need an assistant to present Piedmont wines?
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sounds exciting, austin is lucky to have you 2B :)
I second what @Vino NYC said. Take it on the road — or at least to NYC!
thanks everyone for the kind words and well wishes… I used to teach the Italian Wine and Civilization class at Vino in NYC and it was a lot of fun.
@Franco you gotta come visit us in Texas sometime, no? Either way when you come we’ll organize a tasting and I’ll interpret… they say I have some skill in the field of translation… ;-)
@Tracie B YOU SHOULD teach that class… as long as it doesn’t keep you from my nightly performances of Poetar del Vino in Dialetto Napoletano! :-) we’ll definitely taste wine from the south in the Italian 101 seminar and I hope to do a new series of seminars in the spring at the AWM.
There is plenty to Piemonte your mother doesn’t tell you about! So glad to see this region as a highlight.
How about offering the full course again in the new year. We found out about it late. Will be in Italy for a month in late May and June.
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