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wine tasting for ESN STUDENTS

Milan: wine tasting, in English, for my ESN friends, in That's Prosciutto location.

I've got a lot of great memories in this place. Just one year ago,  I have conducted a wine tasting to a group of Erasmus students.

Remeber my lesson: Wine is a pleasure, if you are drunk what pleasure is?

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on December 29, 2015, I was visiting the Lake Viverone in Piedmont, Italy, rubbernecking a vineyard of Erbaluce, when suddenly 2 solar planets have appeared in front of me!
Erba-luce literally is translated 'grass-light' , so was there a link between the vineyard and the sky?
sundogs, parhelion, mock suns, phantom suns

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italian wine by WineAdri / ilvinoconAdri
The Italian coast, dotted with fashionable beaches, have cool and windy hills too, where the vine grows luxuriantly.
Depending on the region or the place where you go on vacation, you can find, even looking on the web, a winery to contact for a half day visit.
If you would like an online wine training course, send me an email at info@ilvinoconadri.com 

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pasta alla Norma typical Italian food and wine in Sicily

Italy, Sicily island, Acitrezza. In a restaurant by the sea, the scent of orange blossom and salty, the gaze lost in the breathtaking landscape of black lava layered over the centuries, from Etna to the sea. 

The strong and refreshing acidity of carricante grapes, wipes my mouth from greasy fried aubergines and its good aromatic finish (PAI), will balance the taste-olfactory persistence of pasta alla Norma.

Try the typical Italian wine and food in Sicily island, enjoy sea, sun, views and perfumes, Italy can offer to you! 

To learn how to taste a wine and pairing it with the best food, follow my video online courses.

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Introduction to wine tasting The rule of 5s

Life is full of surprises and our perceptions are a continuum of stimuli and complexity , so many that we have not enough words to express what we feel. Moreover do you know that humans have an unlimited number of perceptions? It has not yet been invented a machine to analyze a scent, like a good nose trained. 

That's why I'm here, telling you how to use your senses while tasting your glass of wine.


Wine should be tasted with 3 of our senses organs : sight, olfaction and taste.

To get the highest pleasure from a wine, is not enough to drink it. There exist steps and rules to better get it, that can be sum up in the the "5 S" :

See  -  Swirl  -  Sniff  -  Sip  -  Savor



Hold the glass

To have a satisfactory sensory examination, it is important before tasting, to learn how to properly hold the glass.

Hold the glass by the stem is elegant and correct for 3 reasons :

  1. SEE. You can more easily see the beauty of the wine color, which gives us a lot of information about wine. Looking instead our fingers or fingerprints on the "rim points" is not nearly as pleasant. 

  2. SWIRL and SNIFF. Swirling the wine in the glass, you can unleash a greater quantity of volatile substances, so you concentrate the aromas, sniffing them in full. Holding the stem allow you to have your hand far from your nose, appreciating better the wine perfumes instead of your hand lotion ones. 

  3. SWIRL and SAVOR. Swirling the glass, the wine molecules cling to the glass, forming tears and arches, which provide information on the texture of the wine. 


If you are interesting in wine tasting and you would like a wine-training video course in english, send me an e-mail at info@ilvinoconadri.com


    Wineadri: about me and my wine-web project

    I’m Adri, sommelier, official wine taster. I’d like to share my passion, because learning how to taste wine is a tool to discover the world and promote a lifestyle.

    The idea of my wine-web project is to spread the curiosity of tasting wine, because everyone can afford a bottle of wine, also a very expensive one, but only those who have mastered the techniques of tasting, will be able to really enjoy it, appreciating the multiple shades of pleasure that wine can give.


    Wine Tasting is the sensory examination and evaluation of wine. A sensory examination concern visual, smell and taste-olfactory examination. Learn to taste means to sample the wine carefully, connect the sensations perceived with its history and its evolution and especially learn to express an opinion not conditioned by own preferences.

    People reaction, while attending a wine tasting course, are astonishment, admiration and mostly scepticism. Many even think that to be able to taste it’s pointless! They don’t know that learn to taste wine has several advantages:

    • The right match between wine and food can enhance the dining experience. Wine and food can combine to give your palate great pleasure, but if the pairing clash, the experience will underwhelm and disappoint.
    • Buy an expensive bottle of wine, without knowledge of tasting techniques, doesn’t allow the full satisfaction that wine can offer. It's like buying a Ferrari and have no clue on driving.
    • Save money when purchasing wine. Knowing how to choose the right wine, you'll find bottles of excellent quality at a great price.
    • Order wine with confidence. You won't waste time at the supermarket to buy a good bottle.