4 Week Italy and Spain - Brighton
Join us as we taste our way around Italy and Spain discovering the amazing diversity of unique indigenous grape varieties that these two important wine countries have to offer.
Did you know that there are over 350 grape varieties authorised for winemaking in Italy's DOC and DOCG regions. We won't be tasting them all sadly but you will get a good feel for what Northern Italy, Central Italy and Southern Italy have to offer over the first two weeks of the course. We'll be trying wine from Piedmont (Gavi, Barolo, Barbera), Tuscany (Chianti Classico), Marche (Verdicchio), Abruzzo (Montepulciano), Campania (Greco and Agianico), Puglia (Primitivo) and Sicily.
There's so much more to Spain than Rioja and Cava. Over the second half of the course we will take a more in depth look at exciting regions that are being rediscovered by a new generation of winemakers have only recently started to work their wonders with the UK consumer. We'll discover the fruity whites of the North West including Albarino from Rias Baixas, Verdejo from Rueda and the up and coming Godello plus reds from Bierzo and Toro. The excellent Tempranillo reds from Ribera del Duero are a great alternative to Rioja. Elsewhere we will discover Catalonia regions like Montsant and Terra Alta for up and coming wines whilst also looking at the hotter regions of Jumilla and Yecla too.
Course Programme (all Thursdays):
5th March - Session 1 - Italy: North East and North West
12th March - Session 2 - Italy: Central and South
19th March - Session 3 - Spain: North West and North
26th March - Session 4 - Spain: Catalonia and the South
You will experience, first hand, the amazing range of grape varieties and flavours that Italy and Spain have to offer. You will taste some classic wines along with some new- wave wines from really cutting-edge winemakers.
The course is held at Hotel du Vin in central Brighton.
Course tutor - Jonny
Please Note: £70 course fee excludes cost of wine - bring £10 per evening.
Our venue will be the Hotel du Vin, Brighton (see Our Venues page).
This course makes a great gift idea.
Places remaining: 6
Course Date/Time: Thu 5th Mar 2020 at 7pm - 9pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Hotel du Vin, 2 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD