The French word terroir comes from terre or “land”. More loosely translated though, terroir signifies "a sense of place," which is embodied in distinctive qualities, the sum of the effects that the local environment has on the making of a product. With over 600 classified grapes, within 20 different regions, Italy leads the way in wine production and is the perfect framework in which to study terroir. Different grapes acclimate to different climates resulting in unique wines that echo the soil and landscape from which they grow.
In this special class, Mike Veseth (a.k.a. “The Wine Economist” and author of wine book of the year Wine Wars) will discuss the forces that are reshaping the world of wine: globalization, which creates a confusing embarrassment of riches for wine drinkers, the growth of branded wines that simplify the choice (but do they oversimplify the wine itself?) and the “terroirists” who fight back to preserve wine’s soul. How will this battle turn out? Whose idea of wine will reign supreme?
Simultaneously, Dan Amatuzzi (Eataly’s Wine Director) will lead guests through a tasting of
5 Italian wines, each of which are excellent expressions of their respective regions’ terroir. Guests will also be treated to regional food pairings prepared by Executive Chef of La Scuola, Patrick Lacey. Class will be complete with tasting notes and adapted recipes to take home.
Join Mike and Dan as they explain how they have “grape expectations for the future of wine.”