Every five years or so we are treated to a workshop run by our American buddy Wayne Young of the Bastianich winery in Gagliano, near Cividale. Wayne is a great friend of Keep Talking because he worked here from 2004 to 2009 and is fondly remembered by his colleagues and everyone he taught. To be honest, at that time he was only treading water until he could find a job in which he could use his skills as a sommelier and wine expert. He now works as head of communications and marketing for Joe Bastianich’s firm and this, together with his sensibility towards the needs of language learners, makes him the perfect fit for these wine tasting workshops. So on Friday 11th March 2016, a group of Keep Talking students studied the red and white winemaking process, learned some of the vocabulary of wine tasting and sampled three excellent Bastianich wines, their Ribolla Gialla spumante, the white blend Vespa Bianco (Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Picolit) and the red Vespa Rosso (Merlot, Refosco, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc). We also learned that Terrano and Tiramisù don’t really work together. There were some interesting moments of ‘linguistic tension’ between Wayne and Kip regarding certain pronunciations – I mean, does ‘swirl’ really rhyme with ‘squirrel’? It was a wonderful, instructive and fun evening and none of us will ever again be able to raise a glass of wine without seeing, swirling, sniffing, sipping and spitting swallowing!

Wayne-Kip-workshop