Member of noted Italian wine family to teach at ISU

February 15 2007

Wabash Valley residents will have an opportunity to get a taste of Italy -literally - when a member of a noted Italian wine-producing family teaches a class at Indiana State University.

Diletta Frescobaldi will serve as visiting professor for a two-week "Introduction to Italian Wines" class. The class will meet May 21-24 and May 29-31 in the ISU Family and Consumer Sciences Building, Room 105.

An instructor at Apicius - The Culinary Institute of Florence, Frescobaldi is a 32nd generation member of a family that has been producing fine Tuscan wines for centuries. Since 2000, she has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States to teach and says she enjoys educating others about Italian culture and traditions.

"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."

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

The class will include the tasting 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 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.

Some popular "rules" about wine are not rules at all, Frescobaldi said.

"The first thing that you need to know is that you need to be very flexible about food and wine. Some people think that you need to serve red wine with red meat and white with white, but there are other things you need to consider," she said.

White wine can be a good choice to accompany a delicate pasta dish, for example, while a red wine might be selected to accompany fish served with certain sauces, Frescobaldi explained.

Frederica Kramer, professor and chair of ISU's family and consumer sciences department, has traveled with students to the wine growing regions of Italy and to Apicius and has first-hand knowledge of Frescobaldi's expertise.

"Diletta is the best of the best and we are thrilled to be able to bring her to Indiana State University to share her knowledge and expertise," Kramer said.

The class is available both for credit and as a non-credit class. Students taking the class for credit will pay regular ISU tuition and fees. The fee for non-credit students is $350, including the cost of wines to be sampled. To register, contact the ISU Office of Continuing Education at (812) 237-4011 or 1-800-234-1639.

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

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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Wabash Valley residents will have an opportunity to get a taste of Italy - literally - when a member of a noted Italian wine-producing family teaches a class at Indiana State University. Diletta Frescobaldi will serve as visiting professor for a two-week "Introduction to Italian Wines" class. The class will meet May 21-24 and May 29-31.

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