Wine Education At Riva

The exquisitely elegant Riva in Santa Monica will be holding a series of wine education classes.   The first one is taking place right now but there are two more afternoon excursions into the lush world of Italian wines.

Starting February 21, 2009, Riva, Santa Monica’s newest neighborhood dining destination for seasonal coastal Italian cuisine, will host a series of monthly Italian wine education classes for $65 per person including food pairings. Led by Sommelier Thierry Perez and a guest winemaker, each two-hour class will explore wines from Italy’s various viticultural regions including Tuscany (February), Piedmont (March), and Sicily (April).

Executive Chef Jason Travi will complement each wine tasting with generous food pairings featuring his boldly flavored dishes inspired by the rustic cuisine of the Italian coastline using the highest quality of ingredients found at the neighboring Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to take a wine education class, be assured that they are not as stuffy as they sound.  It’s often a joyful and fascinating journey into a new level of awareness.

Beginner’s tip – Take it slow and know your limits (unless you are walking home).

For additional information on Riva or for instructions on reserving your spot visit this link.

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