The Etna Wine School™ offers a variety of non-certificate wine courses designed to educate and entertain. While scheduled classes will have designated locations, we have mobilized our educational services for private clients.
Benjamin Spencer AIWS is the director of and lead instructor for the Etna Wine School™. In addition to holding a Diploma from the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Ben is an author, journalist, wine judge, and professional winemaker with more than 15 years experience working with artisan and internationally traded wine brands.
An Introduction To Wine – Wine is more than what you see in the supermarkets and specialty shops. Wine is unique in that it straddles agriculture and gastronomy, science and culture. This course is designed for beginners, to better understand the complexities of what wine is and to learn to have fun with it. €50, 2 hours, English
The Wines of Mount Etna – Wines have been produced on the slopes of Europe’s largest and most active volcano for thousands of years. The native Sicilian grape varieties and unique methods of production only add to Mount Etna’s charm. Focusing on geology, climate, as well as past and present viticultural and vinification techniques, we will discover what makes Mount Etna one of the most intriguing wine producing regions in the world. Includes a tasting of four wines. €80, 3 Hours, English
Sicily: A Story Through Wine – Sicily is known for its historical influences, reflected in its sun-kissed foods, and inimitable wines. Focusing on Sicily’s unique gastronomic heritage, instructors from the Etna Wine School offer a narrative tour of the Mediterranean island’s native grape varieties during an in-class tasting of five unique Sicilian wines. €80, 3 hours, English
Exploring The Language of Wine – Every profession has a vocabulary with which it operates. By examining the words and phrases used to describe wine’s myriad aspects, we may better understand and articulate the qualities that give us pleasure. Includes a tasting of four wines. €80, 3 Hours, English
Wine and Food Pairing – In many cultures, wine and food are rarely served apart from one another. For some, the complex potentialities have raised the pairing of food and wine to the level of an art form. By examining the qualities of certain wines and foods, we may better understand why specific pairings are considered classic and what we might learn from exploring our own palates. Includes a tasting of four wines and food. €100, 3 Hours, English
Professional Wine Tasting Technique – Watching a wine professional at work can be awe-inspiring. Their ability to articulate aromas and flavors from the liquid in a glass is a talent to be sure, but it takes practice. By learning to implement the techniques of experts we can perfect the craft of “tasting” for professional purposes. This course is designed for those who are interested in or are already pursuing a career in wine. Includes a tasting of six wines. €90, 2 Hours, English
How To Write Great Wine Tasting Notes – The ability to convey our sensory experiences in writing is a very personal and subjective experience. Whether you are a journalist or blogger, a wine buyer or restaurateur, it is imperative to maintain a record of experiences with the wines you encounter. This course focuses on using empirical techniques to derive information from our personal experiences with wine. Includes a tasting of four wines. €80, 3 Hours, English
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