Love Chianti and want to discover other wines made from Sangiovese? Can't tell Brunello from a Rosso di Montalcino? Wondering what makes a super Tuscan so super? Wine Spectator School, the online school launched by Wine Spectator in 2002, has introduced a new course entirely devoted to the Tuscany region of Italy.
Suitable for consumers and members of the wine trade, the Tuscany course, priced at $49, is the second in a series of intermediate-level courses focused on specific topics. The first was California Cabernet. Coming soon are seminars on Australia/New Zealand, Bordeaux and Advanced Sensory Evaluation.
The Tuscany course brings you the expertise of senior editor James Suckling, Wine Spectator's longtime taster of Italian wines, and director of education Gloria Maroti. The course allows you to discover the difference between traditional and new wave wine styles, understand Italy's wine classification system, explore the geography of Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Bolgheri, and learn how to pair Tuscan wines with regional foods.
Three tutored tastings, which can be shared with family and friends, explore the differences in taste among regional wines, various quality levels of Chianti Classico and Montalcino wines, and a range of super Tuscans.
The course also includes video clips of and interviews with top winemakers, such as Piero Antinori, Leonardo Frescobaldi and Emanuela Stucchi Prinetti of Badia a Coltibuono, who provide unique insights on their wines and vineyards.
The worksheets, study guides and tasting journals can be downloaded and printed, and a professor is on hand to answer e-mail questions. Online quizzes and an exam are used to verify progress, and certificates are granted upon successful completion.
Wine Spectator School currently offers two other courses for consumers. The ABCs of Wine Tasting, $39, is for beginners who want to learn the basics and get more enjoyment out of wine dinners, trips to wine country or simply dining at home. The intermediate-level Understanding Wine, $195, is an extensive survey course that lays the foundation for a lifetime of wine appreciation.
Two courses designed specifically for the wine trade are also available: ABCs of Wine Sales and Service, $75, and Understanding Professional Wine Sales and Service, $245.
For more information, visit www.winespectatorschool.com or e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.