Join sommelier and wine expert, Paola Donzelli, straight from Italy for a delightful wine journey like no other! Forget those snooty wine appreciation courses. Get to Know Wine is an easy-going wine class for anyone who loves wine and enjoys pairing wine with food.
Learn how to have fun “reading” a glass of wine with friends (something Italians do naturally!), how to select the right wine for any occasion (from aperitivo to special dinners), and what you need to look for when you shop for wine (Paola’s tips are super easy!).
As a native Italian, with a true passion for wine, Paola will show you how to better appreciate the simple combination – and pleasure – of good wine, good food and good friends – just as Italians have been doing for centuries. Plus she’ll show you how to easily read the label of Italian wines, how to use your senses to appreciate any glass of wine and how to confidently choose foods that enhance a wine – and vice versa.
Paola is not only a certified Italian sommelier…for ten years she has been an essential member of a team at a Umbrian wine cantina, immersed in the vast world of grape-growing and wine-making – an extraordinary combination of expertise! Yet she has the unique ability to makes things simple and understandable. That’s the secret sauce to Get to Know Wine – Paola’s laid-back, down-to-earth approach that makes you feel like you’re learning from a good friend.
The best way to appreciate Italian wines is to see how – and where – wine is made in Italy, and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. Enjoy a panoramic vineyard tour alongside Paola, surrounded by medieval villages and the green hills of Umbria, plus a behind-the-scenes look inside a small production cantina. It’s here that you’ll learn the processes of making red and white wines, and get an insider look at where it all happens.
Get ready for those aha moments in each brief, to-the-point lesson. Paola has designed the class so that each lesson builds on the previous one as you learn the essential basics – from vines, grapes and wine-making to evaluating the color, bouquet and structure of a wine – all shared in Paola’s simple, approachable manner.
Then, as you get those basics under your belt, you’ll begin to learn why certain wines pair beautifully with certain foods (or not!), how to choose a wine when you’re planning a dinner and how to keep wine and food pairings super simple (you’ll love Paola’s tips about this!). In no time at all, you’ll be pairing wine and food with confidence!
Paola will be mentioning Italian varietals in her lessons, rather than specific wines, so you can practice what you learn with virtually any wine! To make it more fun and relatable, we do recommend choosing Italian wines – which are readily available in most grocery stores, and certainly wine stores. And just so you know, already in Lesson One Paola will teach you how to choose a wine based on its label.
So how does it all work? Get to Know Wine with Paola Donzelli consists of 5 weekly lessons – sent straight to your email inbox. Each lesson is about 20 minutes in length (total), divided into short-and-easy videos that include must-know information, aperitivo practice, virtual tours and more. (Italian accent included 😉)
Each week’s lesson also includes a downloadable workbook and wine-tasting journal pages to use as you taste and evaluate wines at home, right along with Paola.
This is a wine class for beginners who simply want to enjoy wine with friends and pair wine with foods – without all the fuss! That’s why Paola keeps the lessons brief, simple and to-the-point. Plus, you can replay the videos and access the class content whenever you’d like.
Each lesson starts with a few minutes about basics, designed to be brief, simple and fun, with an emphasis on simply enjoying wine. From the incredible grape vine to using your senses to appreciate a wine to creating exceptional wine-pairings (with an Italian flair), these easy-to-learn basics are the building blocks of the class.
Join Paola and her friend, Pamela, for aperitivo time, as they apply what Paola has taught in Video One to various wines. From reading wine labels to tasting and analyzing wines (and foods), find out what to look for, what to avoid, and how to get to know a wine without all the snootiness. Plus you’ll be learning all Paola’s tips so you can create a fun and inviting aperitivo with your friends.
From tours of the cantina to oh-so-fun recipe demonstrations, enjoy bonus videos that include glimpses of the area in Italy where Paola lives, step-by-step recipes that you can make at home (and pair with just the right wine!), and mini tours that transport you virtually to Tuscany, Italy.
Things don’t always go as planned, so take a minute and laugh along with us at those unavoidable outtakes…and ever-present schenanigans of Paola’s dog, Rufi!
Learn the basics about Italian wines, wine tasting and wine pairing in a super easy way
After each lesson, join Paola for aperitivo, where you can practice what you’ve learned
Take virtual mini tours with Paola, and get a glimpse of the spectacular regions of Tuscany and Umbria
Download workbook pages that build on information Paola shares in each lesson
Print your own wine journal pages so you can follow along with your own wines at home
Learn some of Paola’s favorite recipes, along with wine and food pairing specifics
“Through her extensive knowledge, Paola guided us through both the science and art of wine tasting. But, even better, through her love of wine and people, she shared with us her joy for life!!!”
“Paola has an intimate and in-depth knowledge of wine. You will come away from this course with a knowledge of wine that will help you to choose, appreciate, and share it in a whole new way. What a wonderful experience and a lot of fun!”
“Paola is so knowledgeable about wine and her warm and friendly personality helps to convey that information to others. She makes learning about wine informative and fun!”