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Wine Regions of France and Italy: Northern Italy

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Wine Regions of France and Italy: Northern Italy

A Sommelier's Guide with Erik Segelbaum

Weekend Program with Tastings

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0319
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Please Note: This program has a rescheduled date (originally March 28, 2020).

Join Food and Wine magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year Erik Segelbaum in an enjoyable interactive workshop series into the worlds of French and Italian wine, designed to boost the wine IQ of both novices and seasoned aficionados.

In tastings and talks Segelbaum offers new insights, unravels misconceptions, reinvigorates your love of favorite varieties, and guides you in discovering some new ones. He also offers tips on navigating restaurant wine lists, tackling food and wine pairings, and more useful topics for wine lovers.

NOTE: Must be 21 or older to attend this program.


Northern Italy

With more than a thousand indigenous varieties, the complexities of Italian wine can make even a sommelier’s head spin. Segelbaum comes to the rescue in his two-part exploration of Italian winemaking from top to "toe." He begins with an examination of northern Italy's winemaking regions including Piedmont, Lombardy, and the Tre-Venezie (Friuli-Venezia-Giulia). Learn why Nebbiolo is king of red grapes in the north, discover what makes Amarone so significant, get an introduction to the alpine whites of the northeast, and taste through some of the world’s best sparkling wines from Franciacorta. 


Segelbaum holds the designation of Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of fewer than 600 specialists in the world who hold this level of certification. He is the former corporate wine and beverage director for Starr Restaurants, a wine journalist and educator, and chief vinnovation officer of SOMLYAY hospitality and private events consultancy.

Interested in learning about other French and Italian wine regions? View additional rescheduled dates in this series:

Please Note: This program will not have sales at the door.