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Wine directors Theresa Paopao of Ribelle and Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli of Island Creek Oyster Bar want to make you smarter and more confident about your pours. The duo is assembling some of Boston’s best and brightest in beverage to conduct the weekend wine festival “BTG,” industry lingo for “by the glass.”
The event will take place March 28-29 at their restaurants, and at an additional venue, The Hawthorne, in Hotel Commonwealth. On the morning of March 28, Paopao will use hip-hop music to demystify “terroir” at a seminar at Island Creek; Schlesinger-Guidelli will then lead a panel on pairing. Liz Vilardi and Fanny Katz, from Central Bottle Wine + Provisions, wine bar Belly, and The Blue Room, will help you taste and describe wine using personality traits. (As sexy and sophisticated as Catherine Deneuve in a glass? Use it!) Finally, wander to The Hawthorne to hear cocktail master Jackson Cannon share his latest Jerez, Spain, sherry discoveries. On March 29 Paopao, along with chef-owner Tim Maslow (left), will lead a blind wine-pairing repast at Ribelle, and you get to judge the pours on offer.
Individual seminars range from $25 to $35, and will be kept cozy in number to promote conversation. Sunday brunch is $50. Schlesinger-Guidelli wants to make this a prototype for more. “The hope is to drive the conversation forward in order to further our local and regional wine community’s opportunities for innovation.” We’ll drink to that. For more information and tickets, go to www.btgwineboston.com.