Discover Italian Wine: History and Tasting

3-week online course — in English with Carlo Ellena.

Dates: Aug. 3, 10 and 17

Thu. 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Make it an occasion! Instructor Carlo Ellena will lead you to a virtual tour through the most important regions for Italian wine, to learn their geography and the history of their wines. You can enjoy a wine tasting experience, purchasing the wine and food suggested in advance by the instructor via email. First region: Piemonte, followed by Toscana and Veneto.

For the first class (Piemonte) – main wines to purchase (optional):

  • Rosso: Barbaresco:  Fontanabianca Barbaresco Bordini 2019 (750ml) $ 44.98 (pairing with spicy cheese as Gorgonzola, with grissini)
  • Bianco: Roero Arneis: 2021 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis (750ml) $ 29.98 (pairing with aged cheese like Bra cheese or Castelmagno cheese, grissini or smoked salmon, grissini)
  • Dolce: Brachetto: 2021 Marenco Brachetto d’Acqui (750ml) $19.98 (pairing with hazelnuts and dried fruit)

You can find these wines online. Drop-ins to each class are allowed. $45. Register in advance.



Carlo Ellena

Carlo Ellena was born in the picturesque town of Savona, Liguria also known as the “Palm tree Riviera”. Interested in technological issues, he attended university in Pisa where he studied Artificial Intelligence and received his Masters in computer linguistics and expert systems. Mr. Ellena has been teaching for the Italian Cultural Society (ICS) since 2008 and became a standing board member in 2012. In 2013 Mr. Ellena joined the Subcomittee that regulates and runs the Italian Language School (ILP) at ICS. He is married to Varinia Daza and lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish, and proficient in both French and Portuguese.