Wow, this was such a pleasant detailed overview of key wines to choose from which emanate from northern Italy. Rachel began by discussing the Veneto region's geography (a nice visit with beautiful photos) which explained a lot about the growing of grapes there and the outcomes. The defining of the quality wine levels was most helpful -- now I know more about what these designations mean when shopping for Italian wine. We were walked through the sampling of 4 reds and 4 whites in a very systematic manner (grape varietal, olfactory exam, color, tasting, pairings, producers). The cheese and meat accompaniments were explained also and was most informative. The handout that was sent via email prior to the session was so helpful in following along (and for taking with me to a wine store next time). Rahel's relaxing manner of presenting and actually sampling the choices made me feel we were in the same room (although I did not have the samples described). I really enjoyed this session and will watch it again to complement my notes taken!
We've enjoyed two conversations with Rachel, whose tightly organized and professional wine seminars are both passionate and engaging.
This was my second seminar with Rachel, and it was a real treat. Rachel broke down the Veneto region into province, explaining a number of whites and reds, making the oft overwhelming landscape of wine knowledge accessible, clear, and enjoyable. Rachel has the power to make even a novice feel a sense of accomplishment by sharing her observations of each wine via sight, taste, and smell. Beautifully accompanied by colors slides including clear maps, diagrams, and photographs, this presentation really delivers practical tools for drinking as well as eating to make anyone more confident and informed when approaching the eno culture of the Veneto.
Signora Erdman provided great insights into wines across the Veneto. She was informative without being stuffy. She was able to answer even the most esoteric questions about wines from the area. She's great!
Excellent presentation. Information about the Veneto region, wines and food pairings were very informative. I would like to attend other conversations with Rachel Erdman.