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Wine Tasting with Gennaro - Sommelier to the STARS!

In Ravello (Amalfi Coast) Italy

WINE, CHEESE AND OLIVE OIL TASTING... includes a fabulous GRAPPA & CHOCOLATE TASTING!

Wine lovers from around the world travel to Italy to enjoy the delicious wines of Italy, including those of Campania. 

You’ll be amazed how many things you can learn and enjoy in one wine tasting with Gennaro – all while having FUN in the good company of his lovely wife Chiara, who serves as a co-host for the evening.

About your host Gennaro:

Gennaro is a professionally certified Sommelier and a member of AIS (International Sommelier Association). AIS is an official Italian organization that recognizes highly acclaimed sommeliers throughout Italy. Membership in this prestigious club is difficult to obtain and therefore boasts some of the best wine connoisseurs in the world.

Gennaro has served as a Sommelier to some of Hollywood's most famous stars, as well as numerous American political figures – including Pierce Bronson, Chris McGurk, Vice Chairman of MGM, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Franz of NYPD Blue and James Baker, the U. S. Secretary of State for the first President Bush and President Reagan in the early 90’s.

Gennaro preparing for the evening

In addition to being a certified sommelier, Gennaro is also a “Maestro degustatore di formaggio” which means he is a professionally recognized national “Cheese Taster”. To gain this highly acclaimed status, Gennaro studied and tasted hundreds of cheeses and he is now ready and waiting to share his vast knowledge with you and your friends in this once in a lifetime experience. Over the course of the evening, you’ll learn the secrets of producing an excellent quality cheese – including the various stages of artisan cheese production – and you will be invited to taste over 12 wonderful cheeses of Campania (while sipping your delicious wines, of course!)

Last but not least – Gennaro has received yet ANOTHER Italian certification of being a “Degustatore di olio di oliva” – otherwise known as an official “Olive oil Taster” and again he will share with you all his knowledge and will explain all about the virgin and extra virgin olive oils…..what to buy….how to store…and how to recognize a good oil when you see it!!!!

This wonderfully unique experience is filled with culturally rich, interesting and useful information and flavors. You’ll learn first-hand some of the most important and tasting…and good drinking….situated on a breathtaking sea view terrace……..

Tasting and Structure

  • Learn to open a bottle of wine like a professional;
  • Learn the proper time to let a wine breath and the reasoning behind it;
  • Learn the proper wine glass to use for all occasions;
  • Learn how to appreciate the complex flavors and aromas of wines;
  • Learn how to plan for special occasions utilizing through wine & food pairings;
  • Learn to distinguish a varietal of wine by its inherent characteristics, method of production and learn to identify and appreciate the delicious wines from Campania.

Food Pairing

You will be treated to a wonderful selection of fresh, seasonal foods to enjoy with your wine, including: Artisan cheeses and salami served with honey and artisan breads, including taralli (a dry bread that is skillfully baked with nuts, olive oil and wine) and of course, Mamma Agata’s famous sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant and ripe olives, drizzled with fresh pressed extra virgin olive oil.

All of this and more, while your taste buds will be singing for you, your mind will be enthralled by the intrinsic beauty and peaceful qualities of this amazingly beautiful location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  

Gennaro and his family will welcome you and warm your hearts and your palette and leave you longing for your next visit to the Amalfi Coast and the Hidden Treasure.

Gennaro also prepares for each class by cooking delicious regional dishes and the time he spends in the kitchen preparing some tasty dishes with the same strong passion that he expresses to the students during each wine tasting!!!

Fresh Cheeses

PRICE PER PERSON

230 Euro

Offered on Saturday evenings only, based on LIMITED availability

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BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY:

Payment in full is due to confirm your wine tasting and is non-refundable within 45 days of the program date if canceled by the client for any reason.

The price does not include transportation, room and board or any other excursions. If the program is canceled by the host, funds will be returned in full. Cancellations by the client made 45 days or more in advance will be refunded less a 50% non-refundable cancellation fee.

We highly advise you to purchase travel insurance in the event of emergency, illness, change in your itinerary, accident or Act of God, which we are not responsible for covering.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:

No refunds will be provided for any non-refundable amounts paid unless the class or course is canceled by the school due to unforeseeable reasons and in this instance, we are not held responsible for anything other than refunding the monies paid, less wiring and credit card fees. Under no circumstances shall we be held responsible for any additional refunds of purchases made by the students for travel related expenses, or otherwise.

Testimonials

 

Please note that this price does not include transportation, room and board or any other excursions.

Testimonials

"The wine, cheese and olive oil tasting class “WINE TASTING with Gennaro - Sommelier to the STARS! “ was very interesting and educational and it included an excellent meal as well."

- Charles & Deborah, San Diego, CA

Alternative Transportation Options and Side Exclusions!

Private, roundtrip transportation can be arranged with our driver - group pricing is available - please inquire at laura@ciaolaura.com

Roundtrip transportation from Amalfi to Mamma in Ravello, including a stop on the return to Piccadilly ceramics factory in Conca dei Marini, and a stop in Positano with transfer back to Amalfi - 200 Euro (per trip - not per person)

The Amalfi Coast is our favorite destination in Italy. We have loads of contacts to provide a customized itinerary to fill all of your desires in the glorious Amalfi Coast!

In addition to this one day class, arrangements can easily be made to incorporate a multi-day program including fabulous wine tasting and tour in Caserta, including a visit to the gorgeous Palace of Caserta, as well as to the famous Avellino wineries, daily excursions to Capri, Pompeii, Vietri sul Mare, Amalfi, Sorrento and other local areas of interest.

Please contact laura@ciaolaura.com for more information.

Private Wedding overlooking Ravello

The Hidden Treasure is an IDEAL location for a private wedding or rehearsal dinner.

Let us plan your private wedding or anniversary celebration overlooking the breathtaking Amalfi Coast - an experience for all to cherish! Contact laura@ciaolaura.com for more information.

Celebrate your private occasion overlooking the gorgeous Amalfi Coast!

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