Wine 101 – Getting to Know 10 Classic Wines – Lesson Nine

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Course Syllabus

WINE101: Getting to know 10 classic styles/regions of wine

Fall 2014: September 1 – September 12, 2014

Section 1: Monday – Friday (September 1 – September 5)

In-Store Tasting Thursday, September 4th: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

A tasting of the first 5 wines from Section 1

Section 2: Monday – Friday (September 8 – September 12)

In-Store Tasting Thursday, September 11th: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

A tasting of the last 5 wines from Section 2

Course Code & No. – Section: WINE101 – Section 1 & Section 2

 Course Title: Getting to know 10 classic styles/regions of wine

 Course Ref. No.: W101

 Instructor: Mike Martin

 Phone: 888-427-2480


 Office: 1100 Jefferson Rd. Rochester, NY 14623

 Office Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00 pm

 Prerequisites: Interest in wine

 Course Description:

This section is in part and in conjunction with the Wine 100 level courses. In this particular section (101) we delve into 10 traditionally produced wines from 10 classic regions. Regions include: Nemea, Greece. Loire Valley, France. Burgundy, France. Bordeaux, France. Rhone, France. Mosel, Germany. Tuscany, Italy. Rioja, Spain. Sonoma County, California. Finger Lakes, New York. Coursework will include a variety of readings about the wines and their given regions. Also opening and consuming of the wines so that the contents can be studied, as well as understood in order to provide the key concepts of these traditional wine regions.

Previous Lessons: Lesson OneLesson TwoLesson Three, Lesson Four, Lesson Five, Lesson Six,Lesson Seven, Lesson Eight

Lesson Nine

Wine 101’s second to last wine takes us to Italy. Within Italy, Tuscany and within Tuscany, the region of Chianti.  The region of Chianti has been producing wine since the 13th Century. A rich history of superb wine can lead to strict rules of production to ensure the quality stays true to form. Similar to AOC laws from France the region of Chianti has standards that have to be met in order to be DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) in other words the origin of the wine is controlled and regulated. The classification from the government standards are labeled with a seal on the top of the bottle’s foil. For some people Chianti means the wine bottle in a straw basket, which some producers still use to this day. No matter the packaging the contents must consist of 75-80% of the Sangiovese grape. There are seven sub-zones that a wine from Chianti can come from: Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano and Rùfina. Lesson Nine’s wine come from producers San Felice. Besides wine making they are focused on farming, a restaurant Enoteca, a hotel Borgo and even olive oil production. “San Felice’s philosophy is embodied in its overall commitment to pursuing total excellence, a goal achieved by means of research and experimentation, as well as by our determination to maintain a vital relationship with the local terroir and with local wine typicity.” (

San Felice Chianti Classico is a classically styled wine, the 2010 Chianti Classico San Felice is composed of Sangiovese with additions of Colorino and Pugnitello. This second grape once faced extinction and has recently seen a small renaissance thanks to the efforts of San Felice’s winemaking team. The wine is rich with tart plum, rose petal and dried cherry. The palate offers smooth, velvety tannins. relaxed and easy-going; elegant and rounded; medium-bodied, youthful, and fruity: a wonderful expression of the distinctive character of Sangiovese. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. 92 Points Wine Advocate. This Chianti Classico will be best enjoyed with antipasti, full-flavored first courses, red meats, and medium-aged cheeses.

San Felice Chianti Classico – $12.99 a bottle

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