the crossings | 154 turnpike road | southborough, ma 01772 | 508.481.8484

Private Wine Classes & Tastings

Introduction to Italian Wine

$150 per class, plus $25 per person, not including tax and gratuity

Great way to entertain clients, reward employees, or just have a fun evening out with friends!

Everyone loves to learn about wine and we offer a fun and informative way to do it. We offer a series of six classes on Italian wine that are great for business functions or with a group of friends.  Classes can be scheduled at your convenience for any number of guests (up to 24) and will last 1 to 1 ½ hours.  Each class will focus on certain concepts and we will taste roughly six wines per class in order to illustrate those concepts.  Each class will also feature small tastings of food to complement the wines.  Our wine classes are intended to be educational and useful so that when you’re out buying wine or out to dinner, you can select and choose wine with confidence.

Through this six-part program, we will explore what is important about Italian wines.  We will cover topics such as why acidity in wine is a good thing, how to match the right wine with the right food, what wines are worth buying (from inexpensive to extravagant), what are modern and traditional styles, and what regions are known for producing particular wines and why. We will also focus on famous vintages: what makes them good and why they’re important.  This wine series promises to be fun and enlightening for the novice and for the enthusiast as well. The six classes are intended to make up a complete course on Italian wine.  However, each course can also stand alone by itself. Once you complete this course, the world of Italian wine will be fun and enjoyable instead of complicated and confusing.


CLASS LISTING

The World of Wine.


Vino Italiano: Introduction to Italian Wine.


Yesterday and Today: Modern Wine vs. Traditional Wine


A Lot for a Little: Good Values in Italian Wine and How to Find Them


The Time Machine: Important Italian Vintages


Molto Bene: Italy’s Best & Brightest


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The World of Wine

This class will cover the fundamentals of wine and wine tasting. This is an important step in understanding and enjoying wine. Some of the basics covered will be how to taste wine, different styles and types of wines, basic characteristics and regional differences of wine from around the world. More importantly this session will help you start to develop your own point of view about wine in general.


Vino Italiano: Introduction to Italian Wine

This class will delve into Italy’s wine culture and food culture and help shed light on why wines in each region differ from one another as well as the food. The topics covered will be the palate and tastes of wine and how they work with food. The differences and importance of the IGT, DOC, & DOCG classifications of Italian wine. This tasting will define each classification, why this system was developed, and will feature the best examples of wines from various regions of Italy.

Wines featured for tasting, evaluation, and comparison…


Yesterday and Today: Modern Wine vs. Traditional Wine

What is a Modern wine? What makes a wine traditional? This part of the program is where to start.  From the Traditionally rooted wines of Barolo and Chianti to the increasing popularity of Sicilian, and Campanian wines and everything in between you will have the chance to learn taste and fully understand the qualities of each end of the wine making spectrum..


A Lot for a Little: Good Values in Italian Wine
and How to Find Them

This fascinating class will explore the subjective quality of value. We will taste and explore in detail how a $14 bottle of Barbera can be a great deal and why an $80 bottle of Barbaresco may not be.

Wines featured for tasting, evaluation, and comparison…


The Time Machine: Important Italian Vintages

This step in the program should prove to be the most enlightening and challenging class so far. We will focus on the best vintages of this 10 year stretch what wines you can drink now and which wines to cellar and why, what to buy and what to you should pass on.

Wines featured for tasting, evaluation, and comparison


Molto Bene: Italy’s Best & Brightest

We will Taste and discuss Italy’s long established Superstars, the Unsung Heroes, and the Wineries/Winemakers on the Rise. This is a perfect way to end the series test your own knowledge and more importantly taste some outrageously good Barolos, Barbarescos, and Super Tuscans to some stunning and unusual wines from the likes of Massa Vecchia, Tenuta delle Terre Nere, and Giuseppe Quintarelli. This class will also include a “final exam” with a substantial prize for the highest score.

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Panzano will close this Friday October 31.  It will re-open as The Vin Bin in December.

Happy Hour at Tomasso! Every weekday from 3-5PM: half priced appetizers, salads, and pizza!!

Tomasso’s 10th Birthday Celebration! Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1
All entrees $20.04, plus a free dessert, plus MORE goodies!

Friday Night is “Old School Italian Night”!

Tonight's Specials

Updated: 10/30/2014

Zuppa – caramleized onion soup, fontina crostini

Funghi Pizza – wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, ricotta, Fontina Valdostana, truffle oil

Lasagna del Giorno – house made beet pasta sheets, braised pork belly, wild mushrooms, pancetta braised kale, ricotta, breadcrumbs

 

 

 

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the crossings | 154 turnpike road | southborough, ma 01772 | 508.481.8484
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PanzanoPlease also visit our adjacent wine and gourmet shop, Panzano Provviste e Vino.