Grape Vines, Wine Labels, Aperitivo & Practice

WELCOME TO lesson one

What to do next:

  • Download your workbook for Lesson One by clicking on the image below.
  • Watch Video 1: Welcome to Cantina Murogrosso 
  • Watch Video 2: Grape Vines and Wine Labels.
  • Watch Video 3: Practice and Aperitivo. Join Paola and Pamela for aperitivo as they review Lesson One put it all into practice.
  • Watch Video 4 and laugh along with us: Bloopers!
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  1. Judy Soriano says:

    Good start! Learned important simple things, chief among them, what the shape and weight of the bottle tells you! Brava!

    1. Paola says:

      Thank you 😊 glad to have you on this jurney and hope I can transmit my passion for wine in a simple and happy way… Grazie!

  2. Fran Mathis says:

    This was wonderful! Great job Paola!! Look forward to next week

    1. Paola says:

      Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy the lessons as much as I enjoy making them 😊

  3. Carolyn Griebe says:

    What fun! Great tips, So good to see you ladies. Paola, your English is so good- molto bene!

    off to the wine store!

    1. Paola says:

      Grazie cara mia… Plenty more tips to come! So happy you are with us… ciao 😊

      1. Carolyn says:

        Have watched now through lesson 4. Can’t wait to have a pairing party after the last lesson! You are doing so well and seeing you and Pamela makes me miss you so much.

        1. Paola says:

          I am glad! These are the basic combinations, but you will see it will be fun to experiment at home with family and friends… we are here and we are waiting for you with open arms!! Un abbraccio😀

  4. Evelyn Longo says:

    Fun and informative – grazie! I also enjoyed the intro video and recognized it was the beautiful Umbrian region. I invited friends to sign up for your classes on my facebook page. Looking forward to the next lesson. A presto!

    1. Paola says:

      Thank you so much I’m glad you’re with me in this experience…😊 Umbria is a beautiful region with lots of culture nature and wines…. a presto!

  5. Karen Gillard says:

    Ciao Paola, I am really missing Italy this year. I really enjoyed the first lesson. I am looking forward to the next one. Congratulations your English is very good. Karen

    1. Paola says:

      Ciao Karen, thank you so much… I’m glad to have you in my class…I hope you can enjoy my wine lessons. I wait for you with open arms.
      A presto!

  6. Kathleen Clemons says:

    I so enjoyed that! Great info!

    1. Paola says:

      Ciao! Thank you so much, I’m glad to have you in my class…we’ll have fun together.
      A presto!

  7. Toni Degni Alvarado says:

    Brava, Paola! Super informative first lesson with just the right amount of introductory info! Can’t wait to continue learning more. Loving all the landscape views I’m missing, and your accent is just darling!!

    1. Paola says:

      Carissima…!!! Grazie mille….it is a fun course and I’m glad you like…I hope to see you soon in Umbria…maybe for my wine tour. Un caro abbraccio!

  8. Barney says:

    Great first lesson! Took the fear out of reading labels! I may not be an expert…yet, but I won’t be afraid to take time to figure out what I can from labels and bottles. You made the first lesson so fun, I can’t wait for the next one.

    1. Paola says:

      Thank you very much you are very kind…… reading the labels is important but don’t worry you don’t have to be an expert, remember that the world of wine is just a nice experience to live and enjoy with friends.. to the next lesson!

  9. Mary Waggoner says:

    Paola, such fun! It was delightful to see your face and smile again and learn more about wine from you and Pam. It was clear you guys are having so much fun. And Pam’s past life as a schoolteacher is shining in all of the materials and the way the lessons are presented. Thanks so much for doing this. It makes up a bit for not being able to visit with you this year.

    1. Paola says:

      Dear, thank you very much. This class is a wonderful experience for us and a reason to be together with friends who are away… a way to convey my passion about wine in a simple and fun way…we are waiting for you..!! a hug.

  10. Chris K says:

    Missing Italy but the pictures and intro video remind me of past trips. I prefer red wines and was surprised that white is the preference for aperitivo. What about a Negroni or Aperol spritz? Looking forward to the next lesson. Grazie mille!

    1. Paola says:

      Ciao Chris,
      Aperitivo is absolutely personal and depends on your taste.. so it can also be nice with Aperol Spritz or a Negroni.. .but in this class I wanted to talk only about wine. My advice is to start the evening with a light, fresh wine…not too alcoholic, then maybe continue in dinner with a more structured wine…Thank you very much for your good question! A presto!☺️

  11. Patricia C says:

    Thanks Paola…great first class. Question, should the white wine be chilled or room temperature? I am off to buy wine!

    1. Paola says:

      Hi, Patricia, thank you very much. I tried to do a simple but informative course and I’m really happy that you are enjoying it… white wine should be served absolutely cold.. for young whites 10-12°C for more structured ones 12-14°C.. generally, remember cold for whites and room temperature for reds. Obviously there are exceptions..A presto!

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