A Cultural Journey Through Italian Wines

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A CULTURAL JOURNEY THROUGH ITALIAN WINES
Lecture by Gaia Massai

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present three lectures on Italian wines and culture by Dr. Gaia Massai, a leading expert on modern Italian wine production and its cultural ramification.

Italy is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. The nature of the place - the influence of Mediterranean sunshine and mountain air currents on the hillsides of the elongated peninsula and islands – its long history, its millenary cultural traditions favour what seems to be an almost spontaneous culture of wine. Nowadays Italy not only produces and exports more wine than any other country but it offers the greatest variety of types, ranging from nearly every colour, flavour and style imaginable.

Gaia Massai is the manager of the Fattoria di San Quintino, her family’s 200 hectares estate, situated between Florence and Pisa, and founder of Gaia’s Plate, through which she imports her family’s Olive Oil. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Conservation of Nature (University of Florence) in 2003 and has been living in Toronto since the end of 2007.

A cultural journey through Italian Wines

Tuesday March 8, 2016
Lecture I
● Brief history of wine
● Is “Terroir” really important?
● The wines of Northern Italy: main regions, best known and lesser known wines
● Guided tasting of 3 wines from Northern Italy

Tuesday March 22, 2016
Lecture II
● The life cycle of vines and hints on vinification and ageing
● The wines of Central Italy: main regions, best known and lesser known wines
● New world vs. Old world wines; organic and biodynamic wines
● Guided tasting of 3 wines from Central Italy

Tuesday April 5, 2016
Lecture III
● Wine and Health
● The wines of Southern and Insular Italy: main regions, best known and lesser known wines
● Cooking with wine and how to match wine and food
● The “dos” and “don’ts” of buying and storing wine and how to make sense of a wine label
● Guided tasting of 3 wines from Southern Italy

Cost $60 per lecture, sign up for all three lectures for only $150.
To reserve, please call Giuliana at 416-921-3802 x228
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By: Istituto Italiano di Cultura