Wine tasting class planned for second year at ISU

April 22 2008

TERRE HAUTE - A bit of Tuscany is coming to the Indiana State University campus with its Introduction to Italian Wines class, which will be held in July.

Diletta Frescobaldi, a visiting professor from Apicius - International School of Hospitality and a 32nd generation member and a marchesa in a family that has produced fine Tuscan wines for more than 700 years, will lead the class that is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. July 7-11 and 1 to 5 p.m. on July 12. Participants must register by May 15 for the class that costs $350. The class also may be taken for graduate and undergraduate credit with those students paying regular ISU tuition and fees. The class filled quickly last year so it is important to register early.

“It’s an opportunity for our students and community to participate and learn about Italian and Tuscan culture and wine,” said Frederica Kramer, chair of family and consumer sciences, about the class, which is being held for the second year. “You can’t separate the two.”

Students will learn from Frescobaldi about significant wines of Italy and how to pair them with food. Participants also will learn about the history, traditions, geography and climate of each wine-producing region. Presentations will bring each region to life for the students, with special emphasis on Tuscany.

“My family has a wine culture,” Frescobaldi said. “I have grown up with a passion for wine and feel a responsibility to transmit the tradition regarding wine making.”

The class will include the tasting and evaluating of different wines, allowing students to study the characteristics of each in relationship to particular foods they should accompany. Students in the class must be at least 21 years of age.

An accredited international sommelier, Frescobaldi holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Florence. Her doctoral dissertation, “The International Strategy of Italian Wine Companies,” focused on the German market. In addition to her native Italian, Frescobaldi speaks English, German and French.

Kramer said the class was inspired by the annual study abroad program that takes students to Apicius, in Florence, each spring to learn about Tuscan culture and cuisine.

“Diletta knows as much about Italian wines as anyone else in the world,” Kramer said. “It brings a different vantage point to the class.”

To register, contact the ISU Office of Continuing Education at 812-237-4011 or 1-800-234-1639.

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Contact: Frederica Kramer, professor and chair, department of family and consumer sciences, Indiana State University, 812 237-3297 or fkramer@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, assistant director of media relations, Indiana State University, at 812-237-7972 or jsicking@isugw.indstate.edu

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Diletta Frescobaldi, a visiting professor from Apicius International School of Hospitality and a 32nd generation member and a marchesa in a family that has produced fine Tuscan wines for more than 700 years, will lead a wine tasting class that is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. July 7-11 and 1 to 5 p.m. on July 12.

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