How To Read Italian Wine Labels
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- Student will be able to confidently walk into a wine shop and buy a bottle of Italian wine that they've never tasted before.
Students will understand what type of Italian wine they are considering to buy even if they don't speak Italian.
- No prior knowledge required.
The hardest part about selecting a bottle of Italian wine is that the wine labels are written in Italian! But just because you don't speak Italian doesn't mean you should deprive yourself of the world's greatest wine producing country. 2,000 different grape varietals, hundreds of appellations, and a foreign language make Italian wines a complex subject. That is, until you take this course.
Italian Wine Importer and award-winning author of "Hidden Gems of Italy," Tony Margiotta will teach you how to read Italian wine labels. Even if you don't speak Italian. He'll go over the blueprint of both the front and back labels with you. You'll learn what key words and terms to look for that will give you clues about the wine type, class, quality, and value. He'll be showing you real-life Italian wine labels and dissect them line by line so you can begin to think like an aficionado. By the end of the class you'll be confident walking into a wine shop and selecting a bottle of Italian wine you wouldn't normally buy. And you know what will happen? You might find your next favorite wine! And when you share that wine with your friends and family, you'll win their admiration for your sophisticated taste.
- People who are passionate about wine and want to learn about Italian wine specifically.
PART 1 you'll learn the "anatomy of the front label." Tony will teach the main things you should be looking for to discern what type of wine it is, where it's from, and the classification. You'll learn the tips and tricks even if you're not fluent in the Italian language. The more you know about what to look for, the more confident you'll be when you buy the wine.
After you have studied the anatomy of the front label, Tony will go over with you 25 real life wine labels. You'll be looking just the front labels. Together you'll be looking for the wine type, grape varietal, appellation, classification and other tidbits that give you clues to the quality and value of the wine in your hand. The goal is to turn you into a savvy wine shopper that can find the best wines in the store at value pricing.
This video is a continuation of Part 2. You'll be looking at more front labels with Tony and slowly immersing yourself into Italian wine language and culture. He'll be giving you key words to look out for that will indicate whether the wine type is named after a grape varietal, a town, or a landmark. By the end of this video you will begin to see patterns repeating over and over again. You'll be unlocking the secrets to the Italian wine language. You'll be getting one step closer to finding your next favorite wine if you learn the tips in this course.
The anatomy of the back label might be even more important than the front. Even though most people pay attention to the front label. As an Italian Wine Aficionado and a hidden gem insider, you'll be learning the tips and tricks to not only reading and understanding the back labels, but you'll also learn key words to look out for to indicate the wine in your hand is a quality wine.
Tony will go over a dozen Real Life back labels. He'll dissect each label, line by line, so you understand what to look for and why certain pieces of info are important to finding not just a quality Italian wine, but one that might be underpriced compared to the value. He'll also show what types of wines to avoid based certain key terms on the back label. You don't have to spend your hard earned dollars on Italian wine that's not worth the money. Make sure you have a glass of wine with this video so you can relax and learn.
In this final video, all the tips, shortcuts, and key words to look out for all come together. Tony will go over several bottles of Italian wine, both front and back labels, and dissect each word, line by line. It's important to read both the front and back labels because there is a relationship between the two that gives you a complete picture of the unknown wine in your hands. Again, pour a glass of an Italian red wine, pull out your note book, and go deeper into Italian wine culture.
By the end of this course, you will have studied over 50 labels from all over Italy. You'll be able to walk into any wine store and pick out a bottle off the shelf, read and understand where the wine is from, which wine type it is, whether the grape varietal is indicated, what the classification is, and whether it's worthy of buying. Regardless of whether there is a 90 point score on the bottle or not.
The ultimate goal is to give you the confidence to be an independent thinker. Once you can independently understand and judge the label, (not based on appearance, scores, or catchy names), you'll be on your way to being an Italian Wine Aficionado.