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Upcoming Wine Classes with Joe Godas...
Donelan Wines with Cushing Donelan /Thursday, September 29 from 6:30-8:00pm
Join us as we will be treating ourselves to a slice of Sonoma, courtesy of Cushing Donelan, scion of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Donelan Family Winery. This interactive tasting will feature five selections available for sale here at Curtis Liquors, ranging from the Rhone-inspired (roussanne, viogner, syrah) to the Burgundy-influenced (chardonnay, pinot noir) --all delivered with a distinct expression of Sonoma terroir.
Tickets: $15/per person- BUY TICKETS HERE-Sold out
~Wines will be offered at a special price for the night of the event only.~
“Australian Wine Heritage” /Friday, September 30 from 6:30- 8:30pm
Australia offers unmatched diversity (at least as far as the New World) in its geography, climate, and grape varieties/styles. Because most folks don’t think of Australia in that light, there are an inordinate amount of VALUES to be had. A bright new star in our wine constellation, Amber Horvath of Negociants USA, will be here alongside Wine Director Joe Godas to take us on a continental tasting tour of wines that exude intense flavors, distinctive personalities, and sheer deliciousness—all at prices that are mighty favorable.
~20% off any wines purchased from the night of the event only~
LE TOUR DU VIN DE FRANCE 2016 **LIMITED SEATING LEFT-SINGLE CLASSES ONLY**
Whether one is discussing the benchmarks of popular grape varieties such as pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc etc., seeking the elusive meaning of terroir, or paying homage to the genius of the appellation system (the model on which every wine-producing nation’s classification system is built upon), the common denominator is France.
I’ve often stated that the best way to learn about wine is to study the wines of France. Bordeaux is the model for cabernet sauvignon and merlot-based wines around the world. Ditto for sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc from the Loire Valley, dry riesling from Alsace, and syrah/ grenache-based wines from the Rhone Valley. Champagne is the ne plus ultra of sparkling wine, Provence and Mediterranean France for rose. Chablis is synonymous with minerally, acidic, mouthwatering white wine. As for Burgundy, well, not only is the region the spiritual homeland of chardonnay and pinot noir, “Burgundian” is a term that has been coined to describe wines of finesse and purity from everywhere that speak of the earth and the human hands that tend to it. Never mind the fact it also an adjective that’s been wildly misappropriated; after all, there is only one Burgundy.
So, here’s the idea: Let’s embark upon a vinous Tour de France. 12 months long, meeting the last Wednesday of each month in the Curtis classroom. The usual drill, 6:30 to 8:30-ish. Every month, a different region. 12 or so wines each session. Appropriate cheeses. Feel free to make and/or bring other foods. The preliminary itinerary is as follows…
January 27…Overview and introduction
March 30…The Southwest
May 25…The Loire
June 29…Chablis and the Sancerrois
July 27…summer wines and rose
August 31…Provence, Corsica, and more rose
*Two nights needed for this!
There will also be a few surprises along the way regarding food, an impromptu change of venue, and the like.
Now, the cost.
ALL 12 (Burgundy counts as one) SESSIONS, PURCHASED UP FRONT, $150.00 ($12.50 per class)!!!
Any 6 sessions, to be indicated and purchased UP FRONT, $90 ($15 per class)
~Extreme Italian Wines/Wednesday, December 2, 2015 6:30- 8:30pm
We welcome back Jeannie Rogers of Adonna Imports, who, as always, will take us on an adventure into the realm of extreme Italian wine.Jeannie's portfolio is one of the highest-quality-across-the-board (if slightly limited in quantity) to be found anywhere in the country and she brings her own unique opinions to the table for good measure.$20 per person **SOLD OUT**
~Holiday Wine Extravaganza/Thursday, December 10, 2015 6:30-8:30pm
A holiday extravaganza from Dave Bove and Vineyard Brands. A high-class portfolio from around the world...California' Central Coast, Rioja, Portugal, Italy, Germany's Rheingau, Chile, Argentina, Australia, and a particular focus on the regions of France and South Africa.$20 per person **SOLD OUT**
~Italian Wine Class-Holiday Selections/Wednesday December 16, 2015 6:30-8:30pm
The final installment of our 3 part Italian wine series with Mike Petrizzo of Vias Imports. This class features holiday selections....Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, etc. etc. etc. $30 per person **SOLD OUT**
~Dalla Terra Italian Wine Seminar/Wednesday January 20, 2015 6:30-8:30pm
We begin 2016 like we ended 2015--with an Italian Seminar. Join Wine Director Joe Godas and Dalla Terra's Kate Cassidy as taste our way from Abruzzo to Alto Adige via a dozen or so exciting offerings. There will be complimentary food and seminar participants will receive a 20% discount on any wines purchased from the tasting that evening. $20 per person **SOLD OUT**
CRAFT BEER CLASSES
Craft beer has exploded over the past two decades unlike anything the beverage industry has seen since the booming California wine scene of the late 1970s. American ingenuity combined with the spontaneity and flexibility that brewing beer affords has allowed the US to redefine beer as the world knows it. With the ever growing variety of beer becoming available, consumers can be left in the dark a bit as to what they’re drinking and what they might like to drink in the future.
Beer School with Barrel House Z/ Tuesday 5/23 & Tuesday 5/30 6:30-8pm (2 Night Event)
Join Russ Heissner & Chris Webster of Barrel House Z as they teach us about craft beer. The evening will be an in-depth look at craft beer, the various styles and key elements that make great beer. We will be starting our journey with Russ and Chris in the Backroom of our Weymouth Store on Tuesday 5/23 from 6:30-8pm and continue on the following Tuesday 5/30 from 6:30-8pm at the BHZ Brewery located in Weymouth for a roundtable discussion and a taste of their beer lineup. This course will allow you to explore exactly what is craft beer, what you're tasting and how it’s made.
A Sense of “Entitlement” with Entitled Brewing Co./Friday, December 2nd 6:30-8pm -Event Postponed-New Date TBD
Take this opportunity to meet Jim Hodgdon & Brian Barry as they take you through their journey in brewing and the creation of Entitled Brewing Co. all while sampling some great beer!
How we came up with the name Entitled? When Jim and Brian were in Jim’s basement drinking a homebrew one night, Brian sitting on a milk crate and Jim on a brew bucket, Brian said “I wonder what the Entitled people are doing? Jim said, “Probably drinking beer!” A light went off in Brian’s head, ENTITLED! That is the name of Company!
Everyone should be Entitled to a great beer. The evening’s lineup:
Wit & Wisdom
Arties Strong Arm Ale
Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance as seating is limited.
Getting down with Downeast Cider-Apples to Apples the Story behind the Cider/Friday, November 18th 6:30-8pm
Meet the cidermaker(s) from Downeast Cider as they walk you through their story, instruct on the cider making process, from the pressing of the apples in Stow MA to the fresh new canning line in East Boston. If you are cider fan and would like to more about the cider making process all while sampling the following, then this is the event for you.
What will be tasted:
• original blend - blend of macintosh, cortland, pink lady, and gala apples
• cranberry blend - a lot like original blend, with a hint of fresh cranberry juice from Wareham MA
• winter blend - aged on toasted oak chips, cinnamon bark, and nutmeg
~Meet Nick Garrison of Foolproof Brewing Company/ Thursday-October 13th 6:30-8:00pm-Postponed
Foolproof Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by Nick Garrison, a passionate homebrewer who left a promising career in the aerospace industry to open a brewery. After brewing all of the beer for his own wedding back in 2008 and receiving numerous compliments (and a ton of support and encouragement from his wife!), the idea of opening Foolproof was born. Nick then went on to spend three years tirelessly planning and researching all of the ins and outs of opening a craft brewery. In the spring of 2012, everything finally came together, and the Pawtucket brewery made its first batch Backyahd on December 7, 2012. Since then, Foolproof has grown to become the largest brewery in Rhode Island and has expanded its distribution footprint throughout New England.
At Foolproof, we think about beer a bit differently. To us, beer is not just an alcoholic beverage but an experience that should be thoroughly savored and enjoyed. That’s why when we brew each beer, we think about specific life experiences and what style of beer would be absolutely perfect for that particular occasion. That’s how we came up with the concept of “experience-based brewing.” Each of our beers serves as a tribute to a sacred beer drinking experience—whether you’re watching a baseball game, relaxing at home on a rainy day, or just catching up with friends at the local pub, Foolproof’s goal is to create a unique and fulfilling beer experience for you.
~CRAFT BEER 101/Mondays-TBD 6:30-8:30PM **Coming Soon**
The course is designed to develop a fundamental understanding of craft beer styles. What is the difference between ales and lagers? What is an IPA exactly? Where did the craft beer revolution start? If you find yourself asking these questions even once in a while, this is the class for you. Increasing your beer IQ will pay dividends. Friends will look to you for their next beer recommendation, blind dates will be utterly impressed with your connoisseur level knowledge, and you will find yourself being more adventurous with your next craft beer purchase with a fundamental knowledge of what you’re buying. Sign up today for Craft Beer 101 and start reaping the benefits of being a savvy beer enthusiast in the 21st century. Individuals classes will run $25 a person and include a 2 hour class, sampling of a variety of beers, and a 15% discount on all beer purchases after the class.
~AN EVENING WITH SAM ADAMS-Meet the Brewer/Friday-March 11th 7:00-8:30pm
An Evening with Brewer & Director of Brewery Programs-Jennifer Glanville. Join us as she walks us through, an overview of Samuel Adams beer history, a tasting across some of their current line up. Learn how their Boston Lager vs. Wine-Food and Beer pairing, see how beer & wine pair differently with foods. **SOLD OUT**
~AN EVENING WITH HARPOON/Thursday-December 3, 2015 6:30-8:00pm
Meet Harpoon's current Master Brewer, Sean Cornelius and former original Master Brewer Russell Heisner as they take us through the brewing process and sample some of Harpoon's signature beers. Be one of the first to learn about Russell's new Barrel 'Z' project. This is a collaboration between Harpoon and Bully Boy Distillery. On hand will be a log of Harpoon Beer aged on Bully Boy Bourbon Barrels.$10/per person and tickets must be purchased online. Seating is limited for this exclusive event. Don't Miss out! **SOLD OUT**
Distilled Spirits Classes/Tastings
~In the "Backroom" with Roca Patron Tequila/ Thursday-February 23rd 6:30-8pm
Want to learn more about Patron & Roca Patron Tequila and what makes it so unique? We will be learning all about the Patron brand as well as what makes a good tequila!
The evenings lineup will be: Patron Silver, Anejo and Reposado/Roca Patron Silver, Anejo and Resposado
In 1989 The Patrón Spirits Company was founded with a singular mission: produce the world’s finest ultra premium tequila. Since day one, Patrón Tequila has always started with 100% pure Weber Blue Agave that is harvested, roasted, crushed, distilled and bottled in the hills of Jalisco, Mexico. Employing traditional techniques and modern technology, Patrón has refined and perfected the art of making tequila. Under the guidance of Master Distiller Francisco Alcaraz, Patrón has continued along the path of excellence,focusing on the liquid in the bottle, steeped in tradition and produced with steadfast dedication. Francisco, along with a group of dedicated colleagues, makes Patrón stand out amongst all other tequilas.
~An Evening with Benedicte Hardy & Hardy Cognac/ Thursday-February 2nd 6:30-8pm
Join us for a special evening of insight into the world of Cognac with Benedicte Hardy of Hardy Cognac. We will be tasting her Cognac line as well as some of her delicious liqueurs. Bénédicte Hardy was born near Cognac, France in Angoulême on March 18, 1957. She is a fifth generation member of the famous Hardy family, producers of Cognac. Her ancestor, Antoine Hardy, originally of English and Scottish descent was a merchant who fell in love with the French Countryside and decided to become a French citizen settling in Cognac in the second part of the 1800’s. After years of working for other Cognac producers, he learned the craft and founded A. Hardy & Company, the first bottle of Hardy Cognac was sold in 1863.
Bénédicte herself attended High School in Cognac finishing at the age of seventeen. She then went on to study in Bordeaux and graduated with two majors when she was 21. Intending to continue her education in law, Bénédicte applied and was accepted to Columbia University in New York. She chose, however, to attend the University in Geneva, Switzerland where the skiing conditions were much better than in New York. When Bénédicte graduated from Geneva with a degree in International Law (Maritime law or “law of the seas”), she could have begun practicing Law immediately. Instead she chose the wine and spirits industry and joined the family business in 1986. But Bénédicte has no regrets. She has been in charge of the U.S. and Canada for A. Hardy & Company. Along with her importer, Hardy USA, she has worked to build the Hardy brand stone by stone. This is an event you don’t want to miss!!
Tickets are $10.00/each and must be purchased in advance as seating is limited.
~Egans Irish Whiskey Seminar with Jonathan Egan/ Thursday-October 27th 7-8:30pm
Please join us in the "Backroom for an evening of tasting and the history of Egans Irish Whiskey. Born with whiskey in his blood, Jonathan Egan is a 6th generation descendant of PJ Egan, the original founder of P&H Egan. Jonathan was destined to revive the family business and relaunch Egan's Irish Whiskey around the world. Now living in Chicago with his wife Alison and son Henry Patrick, Jonathan will be travelling across the US spreading the good word about his storied family business.
~Johnny Walker Seminar with William Codman/Friday-April 29th 7-830pm
Please join us in our "Backroom" for an evening of insight and tasting with William Codman-Master of Whisky and Johnnie Walker.
William will be talking about the history of Johnnie Walker, as well as the classification of Scotch and explain how blends are made. You will also taste almost all of the current Johnnie Walker line up too, Black, Double Black, Green, Gold Label Reserve, Platinum & Select Cask-Rye Finish.
Having been raised and educated in England. William moved to the United States to spend time with family, some 15yrs ago. Following his already cultivated passion for hospitality, food and beverage. He travelled all over America working and learning from some of the best restaurateurs nationwide. Ultimately residing in his family's hometown of Boston. Over the last decade, he has opened and managed some of Boston's top restaurants and cocktail bars. His skills in the world of mixology have earned him awards and accolades both regionally and nationally.
William has always enjoyed the ability to learn and educate. Learning as much as possible first hand, to gain his beverage knowledge. He has travelled the world to learn from the masters of Burgundy in France, Tequila in Mexico, Gin in London and Whisky in Scotland. "I think knowledge in every field, should be shared for the greater good. Without great teachers, there can be no great pupils." William's desire to educate, grow, along with his knowledge of beverage consulting and his work with Diageo. Led him to become the Master of Whisky for Boston.
He organizes national events, seminars and tastings. Helping educate restaurant staff, bartenders, media, sales professionals and the general public. "I love whiskey for its diversity. It is one of the most globally recognized spirits. It has completely unique origins in so many countries. Each one has a different story and is a true representation of the people and the place, where it is made."
In his free time, William, enjoys outdoors activities all year round. In the winter, he is an avid snowboarder and never hits the slopes without a hipflask of whisky.
Tickets are $30.00/each and must be purchased in advance as seating is limited. **SOLD OUT**
~Scotch...The Glenlivet & Arbelour Seminar/Friday-February 26th 7:00-8:30pm
Hosted by Master of Scotch, Peter Karras. Peter Karras has four years of experience in the spirits and hospitality industry and has extensive training under Master Blender, Colin Scott and Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, Alan Winchester. As a former Chivas Regal Brand Ambassador, Peter also received training from Global Ambassadors Alex Robertson and Max Warner. With a family in the restaurant, wine and spirits business and growing up between Europe and the culturally rich Washington DC area, Peter was naturally drawn to pursue a career as a Master of Scotch. Peter prides himself as an educator and mentor, with his natural ability to cultivate relationships and genuine love for the art of tasting. Please join us and come experience an introduction to scotch, the production and how to taste, all while exploring the influence of different types of oak and bottling at cask strength. Tickets are $20.00/each and must be purchased in advance as seating is limited. **SOLD OUT**
~Bradford Vodka...Simply Distilled, yet Complex in Taste/Tuesday- November 10, 2015 6:30-8:00pm
Meet the owners Brad Selund and Bobby Rohla of Bradford Vodka, a local distillery in Hingham, MA as they take you through the distilling process as well as tasting their fine product. Tickets are $10.00/each and please bring a guest at no additional charge (guest must be registered at time of ticket purchase). The night of the event receive 20% off Bradford Vodka and have your bottle signed by the Masters themselves. Tickets must be purchased in advance as seating is limited. **SOLD OUT**
~Medford Rum: A New England Tradition Since 1715/Tuesday, November 17, 2015 6:30-8:00pm
New England has a rich history of rum making and drinking. Learn about the origins of rum, how Medford, Massachusetts made the best rum in the world, and how different rums are made. Spencer McMinn is the head distiller at GrandTen Distilling in South Boston. He has a Ph. D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia. GrandTen distilling produces award winning gins, rums, vodkas, and cordials. Tickets are $10.00/each and please bring a guest at no additional charge (guest must be registered at time of ticket purchase). The night of the event receive 20% off any GrandTen products and have your bottle signed by Spencer. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available the evening of the event. **SOLD OUT**
~South Hollow Spirits-Twenty Boat Rum Seminar/Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6:30-8:30pm
Enjoy an evening with the dynamic father & son team Dave Roberts Sr. & Jr. of Truro Vineyards and South Hollow Spirits. They will walk you through their distilling process while you enjoy some of their smooth Twenty Boat Rum. They will also touch on some of their favorite wines from the vineyard as well. Tickets are $10 and bring a guest on us! Get your tickets now as seating is limited. Guests must be registered at time of ticket purchase. There will be great gift giving ideas and deals. A special giveaway with take place at the event. You must be in attendance for the big reveal! **SOLD OUT**
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