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Italy: North to South

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  • 21 and older
  • $50
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  • 2 hours & 30 minutes over 2 sessions

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Class Description


What you'll learn in this wine tasting class:

Without question, Italy provides a staggering percentage of the world's most distinctive and interesting wines. In addition, the sheer breadth of styles they produce is equally impressive. From the steely, minerally whites of the Tre Venezie and Val d'Aosta to the dark, powerful reds of Sicily and Campania, this country is a formidable force in winemaking, with something for everyone, and so much more.

But you need to know where to look.  We'll explore the wines of Piedmont, Tuscany, and other wines from the north.  But the south, while less celebrated, gets equal attention in this class.  We'll taste the volcanic wines of Mt. Etna, Aglianico from Campania, or maybe Basilicata, and see how they stack up against their more famous counterparts in the north.

We'll explore the indigenous grapes of Italy, its geography, soil, and winemaking traditions.  We'll discuss its history, of course, but above all, we'll teach you what is special about this amazing country, and help you identify which wines work best for you and your palate.

Zoom Details
  • We will meet two times, with each session covering three wines, and lasting for around 75 minutes. The $45 registration fee covers both sessions.
  • All classes are recorded, and links are emailed after class, allowing you to view them again later, or to watch any sessions you might miss.
  • A few weeks before the first class, we will email you the Zoom links, as well as detailed notes with cheese pairing suggestions, recommendations on when to open the wines, and much more.
  • Class reservations can always be rescheduled up until the start of the first class.
Wine Details
  • We will taste a total of six wines (three per session). There are several ways to source the wines, as listed below.
  • The designated 6-pack for this class can be ordered from our retail partner, Flatiron Wines & Spirits, and costs $175 (plus tax & shipping). To order, please click here. The wines will be shipped approximately two weeks before the start of class.
  • If you prefer to source the wines yourself, just let us know! We’re happy to send you the wine list, along with suggestions on where to find them locally.
  • If $175+ is pushing the budget too much, we’re happy to send you a list of alternative bottles you can source. They won’t be the exact same, of course, but certainly close enough to make the points being taught in class.
The Upside Of Zoom

Fortunately, Covid seems to be in the rearview mirror, but until fifteen people can cram together in a small space, the show must go on (via Zoom). Happily, there are many upsides to virtual classes. These include, but are not limited to:

  • If you miss class, you can always watch the recording. 
  • Rather than meeting once, we’ll meet thrice. This allows more time to absorb information, let it sink in, then ask questions the next time we meet.  You’ll be a pro in no time!
  • Teaching wine requires the use of words, but pictures are equally important. With Zoom, you can expect graphs, maps, and lots of pretty pictures.
  • We welcome questions and input during class, but if you’re shy, or have questions you’re afraid to ask, simply type into the chat bar and we’ll get you some answers.
  • You can see us, and we’d like to see you, but if you’d rather be incognito, or do your best learning in your pajamas, you can always turn your camera off.
  • When I teach in person, I often poll students for their preferences and opinions, and will ask for a show of hands. But sometimes, people are tepid to respond, or they vote after watching how other people vote. It’s human nature, of course, but with polling on Zoom, no reason to hold back. If you love the wine, flash the heart emojis. Or, if it was worst wine you’ve ever had, we want to know!
  • You’ll have tons of leftover wine to drink. In class, you’ll taste a couple ounces of each wine, but each bottle has 25.4 ounces. That leaves a lot of ounces for after hours consumption.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

All purchases are non-refundable, but any class registration can be rescheduled up until the day of the first class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at NYC Wine Company (341)

(4.6-star rating across 341 reviews)
  • Italy: North to South

    Anonymous review on 1/21/2022
    Great knowledge. Fun experience. May not be best for. Novice but our 3 previous course selections were cancelled due to attendance. It was not the instructors fault - but not an environment welcoming to introductory education or for more elementary questions. Communication was lacking prior to the course - we did not receive the link or the promised cheese pairing suggestions. Would definitely book another course though - just not as welcoming an experience as would have been desired.
  • Italy: North to South

    Reviewed by Cara L. on 3/1/2020
    Lovely class. Very informative. Wonderful wines. Wonderful cheeses. Wonderful location.
  • Italy: North to South

    Reviewed by Jacqueline M. on 10/14/2019
    They are so knowledgeable! The class was fun and informative.
  • Italy: North to South

    Anonymous review on 8/22/2019
    Solid course agenda, lovely venue, plenty of wine (though pouring could use a little help)
  • Italy: North to South

    Anonymous review on 8/3/2019
    Great instructor. He brought a lot of passion and knowledge to the evening, which made it one of the better wine classes I have done recently. I would highly recommend.
  • Italy: North to South

    Reviewed by Mansi P. on 2/2/2019
    So wonderful. Perfect amount of information without being overwhelming and kept it fun. Beautiful location and wonderful cheese pairings. We had such a great time.
  • Italy: North to South

    Anonymous review on 4/12/2018
    Great course! Tasted plenty of wines and learned a lot. The teacher was very knowledgable and was able to answer all questions. Class size was nice. The cheese selection is amazing! Will definitely continue to book other classes.
  • Italy: North to South

    Reviewed by Alison C. on 3/31/2018
    Was an amazing class. Highly recommend.
  • Italy: North to South

    Reviewed by Kim P. on 2/11/2018
    Instructor was knowledgeable, atmosphere was intimate, wines were varied and delicious and the cheese was outstanding.
  • Italy: North to South

    Anonymous review on 7/26/2015
    Great wines with great cheeses! We will def be bringing friends next time!
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The classes at Italy: North to South provided great knowledge on wine and cheese pairing and were overall a fun experience for many attendees. The instructors were knowledgeable and brought a lot of passion to their classes, making them informative yet enjoyable. The majority from considering booking more classes in the future. In summary, many enjoyed the informative and fun aspects of the course, along with the wonderful wines, cheeses, and location, but pointed out issues with communication and the venue’s accessibility to novices. 1. "The class was fun and informative. They are so knowledgeable." 2. "The teacher was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions. Tasted plenty of wines and learned a lot." 3. "Great course! The instructor brought a lot of passion and knowledge to the evening, which made it one of the better wine classes I have done recently."

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Andrew Harwood has worked in nearly every facet of the wine industry over the last ten years. His love of wine started while working in a number of the country's best dining rooms. Yet his true passion was discovered while making wine in Hungary, France, and California.

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