Date Night: Boston Wine School

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A few Saturdays ago the mister and I headed to Allston to check out the Boston Wine School. Nicco just returned from Italy and I thought a wine guided "Night in Tuscany" would help him ease back into life in the states. We arrived a little early and mingled for about 45 minutes with other Wine School attendees over a glass of white Vernaccia from western Tuscany and light appetizers.

We were then split into two groups of about 14-18 and proceeded to learn about the 7-S method of wine tasting and were guided through 5 red wines made in central Tuscany. We spoke about the grapes, the aging process, and the standards for wine in Europe. You have the option to simply taste and not actually drink the wine (they provide a third cup for the final "spit" step) but you'd be crazy not to enjoy the excellent wines they select. 

I skipped lunch thinking the wines would be served with each course of the meal, but the set up is a little different here. You go through the tasting and then the two groups come together again to enjoy dinner. Dinner was from Bottega Fiorentina, one of my favorite local Italian restaurants. They served chicken, spinach and mozzarella bake, and eggplant penne pasta. The meal was yummy, but was reheated so it wasn't quite restaurant quality. I enjoyed it nonetheless but I was absolutely starving. Dessert was vanilla soy ice cream with espresso-- indulgent and delicious, but it was a little late for espresso for me!

I definitely upped my wine knowledge and while I'm far from an expert, I certainly feel more confident exploring new wines. I generally don't like red wine either, so this was a fun opportunity to learn more about what I like and don't like in a red. This made for a unique date night but would also be a lot of fun for a bridal or engagement party. The Boston Wine School is happy to accommodate private parties! 

1354 Commonwealth Ave
Allston, MA 02134 

Nicco and I were provided complimentary admission in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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