Wine Class at Vini e Fritti
Saturday Wine Classes at Vini e Fritti
Increase your wine knowledge at our Saturday afternoon wine classes at Vini e Fritti, our wine bar in the Redbury Hotel. Each week this fall, sommeliers from our sister restaurant Marta lead a wine tasting of a different wine region or style. Learn how to taste like a pro, the secrets to perfect food pairings, and the stories behind some of our favorite bottles. Perfect for libation lovers of any level.
Includes wines and light snacks
Wines of the Valle d’Aosta - Feb 23rd
Valle d’Aosta is home to some of Europe’s highest vineyard sites and most interesting wines. Grape varieties you’ve never heard of (Prëmetta, anybody?) live alongside familiar French varieties, with an Italian and Swiss twist. Join us in exploring rare wines from Italy’s smallest winemaking region.
How to Blind Taste - March 2nd
Blind tasting is one of the world’s coolest party tricks. Learn the secrets of tasting wine like a pro in this class, and see how this skill helps you enjoy every wine you drink even more. We’ll walk you through the appearance, aromas, and tastes of classic wines from around the world
Traditional Italian Producers Vs Modern Italian Producers - March 16th
Enter the Barolo Wars: new barrique vs old botte, long vs short maceration… wait – what does all this even mean? Dive into what separates the modernists and the traditionalists of Barolo and Barbaresco, and learn why they’re so different!
The Sparkling Wines of Italy - March 23rd
Explore the range of sparkling wines Italy has to offer. From Franciacorta and Prosecco to Lambrusco and other distinctive Italian sparklers, this is a great crash course in the bubbly delights of the boot.
How wine Ages…whites and reds - March 30th (1pm)
What happens when wine ages? Does every wine need to be aged? Am I drinking this too young? We’ll answer all of your questions about aging wines in this class – and you’ll get a chance to taste new and old wines side by side, and learn what you prefer.
The Diversity of Sicily: Reds and Whites - April 13th
Sicily is red-hot right now – but it’s not all about Etna! Sicily offers never-ending diversity, with tons of grapes, regions, and styles. Join us on this trip around the island, exploring some of the best wines you may have never heard of.
Island Wines - Reds and White - April 20th
There are islands off the coast of Italy producing some stellar juice! Join us for an island-hopping tour, tasting through some of the best-kept secrets in the world of Italian wine. Mainland Sicily may be the most famous, but don’t forget about Sardegna, or Sicily’s satellites of Pantellaria and Lipari. And while Corsica may not be Italian, it has plenty of Italian influences. We’ll check them all out in this class.
Champagne - April 27th
DRINK MORE CHAMPAGNE. Right now could not be a more exciting time for Champagne. In this class, we’ll explore the many styles of Champagne, and learn a bit about the growers themselves. Many young guns are taking over their family’s houses, converting the vineyards to organic viticulture and focusing on single vineyard sites, which makes for better wines than ever. Block 4
Amphora Wines - May 11th
Explore wines aged in amphorae – clay jars buried underground. It’s the most ancient method of winemaking, but it’s coming back in a big way, led by some pioneering winemakers. We’ll explore wines made in amphorae, the effects of amphora-aging on the finished wines, and why winemakers have gone back in time to revive this ancient tradition.
Reds of Piemonte - May 18th
Nebbiolo may be made into the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines of Italy’s Piedmont, but don’t overlook all the other delightful red varieties from the region. Grignolino, freisa, pelaverga, dolcetto and brachetto… Piedmont is full of wines to explore. Get to know some of these gems, and learn why so many producers went out of their way to save them from extinction.
The Best Producers you’ve never heard of - May 25th
From Italy’s north to south, we’ll take you off the beaten track in well-known wine regions, and dive into more obscure regions, too, introducing you to under-the-radar gems that we love along the way.
Exploring Italy: How do I know what I like? - June 8th
Italy has so many different regions, grapes, and producers, it can be hard to learn what you like. Fear not! We’ll walk you through the similarities between unfamiliar Italian wines and wines you might be more familiar with, like cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, or merlot. You’ll leave more prepared to tackle an Italian wine list – and hopefully with some new favorite Italian wines.
Obscure wines of Italy – red and white - June 15th
Italy is full of hundreds of grape varieties, many of which you may have never heard of. We’ll explore some obscure Italian wines and most importantly, we’ll show you why they’re so much fun to drink.
Chianti: More complex than you think! - June 22nd
Forget about the plonk your grandfather drank way back in the ‘70s! Chianti can be some of the best wine in the world, and we’ll introduce you to some of our favorites. You’ll learn how Chianti is made, and the different styles in the region. Block 6
Wines of Corsica! - July 6th
Corsica may be a French Island, but it’s full of Italian influences, nowhere more so than in its wine. We’ll introduce you to the three major grapes of the island – niellucciu, sciaccarellu, and vermentinu – and show you how they relate to wines you might already know and love.
Wines of Liguria - July 13th
Want to drink like you’re on the Italian Riviera? This class will dive into the grapes and styles of Ligurian wine – may be one of Italy’s best kept secrets.
Toscana: What else is there beside Chianti…Understanding the super Tuscan and More - July 20th
Super Tuscans, wines made with international grapes like cabernet sauvignon and merlot, made a huge splash in Italian wine culture when they first appeared and kicked off a wave of international attention in Italian wine. Taste through a few Super Tuscans with us and decide: drink indigenous, or drink Super Tuscan?
White Wines of Friuli - Feb 16th
Do you like white wines with loads of character and crunchy minerality that are just downright awesome? Then join us in an exploration of Friuli, a region that blends Austrian, Italian, German influences into wines some say are the Italian equivalent to white Burgundy.