These single session seminars can be adapted to a wide variety of situations from casual to formal. Many of the seminars can be tailored into a wine dinner scenario and the length of time adjusted to fit most schedules. Whether you are looking to enhance a corporate function, set up a fundraiser or wine dinner, the WineMentor’s infectious passion for wine will enthuse and motivate all who attend.
This is a rebellious effort against the standardized and homogenized grape varieties known as Chardonnay and Cabernet. The recent American wine boom has caused wine to become a product of mass marketing, stripping it of its agricultural roots or regional identity. The “ABC Category” is an effort to bring a diversity of flavors and textures back to the more adventurous wine lover. It has dramatically expanded over the years exposing consumers to a wide variety of grapes and growing regions often over looked or misunderstood by the mainstream wine critics. Close your eyes and open your palate to a wide variety of obscure grapes and lesser-known wine regions.
Learning how to blind taste is like playing detective. Every well-made wine displays clues to the senses in the form sight, smell, taste and feel. By adding up the clues every taster can identify a wines grape variety and place of origin. Master Sommelier, Matthew Citriglia, will explain the technique used by all students of the Master Sommelier program and help the class identify several wines blind.
Being a Master Sommelier certainly has its perks, but rarely does it include indulging in the beverages that turn them on. Usually customers dictate what Master Sommeliers open and server, but tonight Matthew Citriglia MS will open the wines that are most likely to be found in his refrigerator or destined to be tucked away in his cellar. Matthew will speak about how his passion for wine is driven by grape diversity and the impact of Mother Nature. He will also discuss how his personal bias plays a roll in the enjoyment of wine and what it takes for a wine to earn the title of “GREAT.”
In America, no matter how perfect a white wine is made, it will never garner the same points or rating as a less than perfect red wine. American wine critics and connoisseurs alike are guilty of grape bias! Help put an end to this tragic practice and discover that the world’s greatest wine is WHITE — not red. I will explain why people begin to drink red wine; what brought me out of the white wine closet; and what it takes to make great wine without color.
There are few things more satisfying to the senses than the perfect marriage of wine and food. Weather you are you looking for hedonistic gratification or simply an understanding of why food and wine taste so good together, this class will show you some basic chemical reactions that transpire when saliva breaks down food. It may not be very romantic, but it is the basis of which all-great food and wine matches are derived. The practical application will involve several small plates that are theoretically matched with 2 different wines so you can taste how different components of wine and food react together. By the end of class you will understand that the best wine for that steak may be a WHITE wine!
Over the years popularity of Italian Culture has exposed consumers to many grapes and growing regions of Italy. Many consumers are at least familiar with the growing regions of Chianti or Valpolicella, and some are even familiar with some of Italy’s most popular grapes such as Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, or Barbera. But this is only a microscopic percentage of what Italy has to offer. In fact the diversity that Italy has to offer can quickly overwhelm so called “wine coinsures.” Come and explore the ancient grapes of Southern Italy with Master Sommelier, Matthew Citriglia.
At this tasting we will dispel many myths about what make a wine great. It will begin with a blind tasting to help you become more familiar with your own sense of sight, smell, taste and touch and address what attributes create a wines identity. We will then taste a variety of fragrant aromatic white grapes and discus what makes them unique as well as identify where they grow throughout the world. Master Sommelier, Matthew Citriglia, will lead your palate through a bouquet of flavors.

No grape has been more maligned and misunderstood as Riesling. This tasting will include a blind tasting to help dismiss the myths associated with sweet wine. We will also discuss what makes quality Riesling, how it adapts to mother natures variances and why it is so diverse with food. Come discover why my still wine beverage of choice is Riesling!
The quest for great Pinot Noir has lead to planting this grape worldwide. Unfortunately, this very site-specific varietal only grows well in a few places in the world. Discover what it takes to make great Pinot Noir and what areas outside of Burgundy are putting together a very successful track record. At this tasting we will also address many of the myths surrounding this finicky grape.
Italy is one of the world’s most complicated wine regions. Hundreds of grape varieties all planted in limited locations, inconsistent labeling, constantly changing laws, complicated geography. Simplifying Italy is not an easy task, but by beginning to understand some of the primary grapes and a little geography the country becomes a little less intimidating. No country offers such an enormous variety of wine styles and grapes varieties to satisfy the palate. In Italy, wine is a form of art!
To some it is the “Johnny-come-lately” of the wine world, but they are light years ahead of where Napa and Sonoma were in their infancy. The area is littered with many small growers and, for the most part, vineyards are not being planted to satisfy market demand or fill a marketing formula, but to express a unique identity. Napa may have brought science to the art of winemaking, but the Central Coast is bringing the art of winemaking back to science. Join Master Sommelier, Matthew Citriglia, as he explores this exciting new frontier.
Connoisseurs and critics worldwide have long argued which wine is better, California Cabernet or French Bordeaux. Unfortunately, this is like arguing over which car is better — a Lamborghini or Rolls Royce. The influences that shape the Cabernet grape in California or Bordeaux are very different and, in the past, have created very different wines. Today, however the differences between Bordeaux and California Cabernet are less noticeable, as technology and ignorant critics have striped mother nature away in favor of anInternational Style. We will address this travesty as you discover what makes two of the world’s greatest red wines DIFFERENT!
At the height of the Roman Empire, Greece was considered to be the greatest wine producing region in the world. After the fall of the empire the country of Greece went into a bit of a slump that lasted, oh, a couple of centuries. Today, Greece is back on top of its game offering exceptional wines from indigenous grapes whose lineage trace their roots back to the era of Caesar! Join Master Sommelier Matthew Citriglia and taste through the worlds cradle of wine – Greece.

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