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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

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0346
This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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This program has a rescheduled date (originally September 18, 2020).

REGISTRATION ADVISORY: Please read through the complete program description before registering. This program includes a wine tasting kit as part of its ticket price that must be picked up from a local Washington, DC wine bar.


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.


Join Food and Wine magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year Erik Segelbaum in an enjoyable interactive virtual workshop series designed to boost the wine IQ of both novices and seasoned aficionados. He dives into the worlds of French and Italian wine, covering four regions whose output is world-renowned. 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. This workshop focuses on Northern Italy wine regions.

Segelbaum looks at northern Italy's winemaking regions including Piedmont, Lombardy, and the Tre-Venezie (Friuli-Venezie-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 hear about some of the world’s best sparkling wines from Franciacorta.

Wine Tasting Kit

  • The cost includes a curated personal tasting kit with enough wine for one person to sample the full lineup of wines.
  • Additional participants must register individually to receive their own tasting kit, which is an essential component of the workshop.
  • Kits are available during two scheduled pick-up times on Thursday, October 8, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. OR Friday, October 9, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Maxwell Park wine bar in the Navy Yard neighborhood (1346 4th St. SE; Metro: Navy Yard-Ballpark, Green Line).
  • Pick-ups are contactless, with all appropriate health, safety, and social distancing precautions. Due to state and federal laws, wines kits may not be shipped.
  • NOTE: Patrons will receive additional wine tasting kit pick-up information by email leading up to the program.

About Erik Segelbaum

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.


Patron Information

  • EXTENDED: Sales will cut off for this program by Friday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
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