The Italian Aperitivo: From Classic Vermouth to the Modern Spritz with Rachel Erdman - Context Travel

The Italian Aperitivo: From Classic Vermouth to the Modern Spritz with Rachel Erdman


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Join us for a virtual aperitivo in Italy! Discover the most popular aperitifs from north to south, including the classic Milano-Torino cocktail, sparkling wines, and an innovative version of the Spritz.

We will begin with the origins of two ingredients found in many Italian aperitifs: Vermouth and Campari. These two historic liqueurs first gave us the Milano-Torino (or Mi-To), a classic from which both the Americano and later, the Negroni, were born. Rachel Erdman, sommelier and cocktail expert, will demonstrate how to make a perfect Milano-Torino using the traditional Punt & Mes, and pair it with a savory Italian appetizer.

Sparkling wine is also a favorite choice for the Aperitivo in Italy, and we will discuss several versions from different Italian cities, including Champagne-method Trento DOC and Franciacorta and the sparkling newcomer Prosecco Rose. Learn which finger foods are an ideal match for these wines.

No Italian Aperitivo would be complete without a Spritz. We will take an in-depth look at the important role the city of Padua has played in the evolution of this aperitif. The Barbieri brothers created Aperol here in 1919, marking the start of its success around the world. Your expert will introduce you to P31, a new amaro recently created in Padua, and demonstrate how to make an innovative version of the Spritz. Pair your creation with olive ascolane, a classic appetizer of stuffed olives from the Marche region in southern Italy.

Led by a certified Italian sommelier, Rachel Erdman, this interactive seminar will provide an in-depth look at the traditions of the aperitivo in Italy. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the history behind Italy’s most popular aperitifs, their role in everyday life today, and the skills to prepare them at home with quality ingredients.

The Italian Aperitivo seminar will include a demonstration of how to prepare several different aperitifs. If you would like to follow along and prepare a drink or two at home, here is what you will need:

Milano-Torino Cocktail

  • Punt & Mes or red vermouth
  • Campari
  • Orange slice for garnish

Spritz

  • Prosecco (brut or extra dry)
  • One of the following bitter Italian liqueurs:
  • P31
  • Campari
  • Aperol
  • Cynar
  • Select
  • Seltzer Water or unflavored sparkling water or club soda
  • Garnish: large green olive, a slice of citrus fruit, or a sprig of rosemary

Equipment

  • Jigger (for measuring)
  • Ice Old-Fashioned Glass or Tumbler
  • Large wine glass

Rachel is a wine and food expert based in the Veneto region of Italy, her home for more than twenty-five years, and a graduate of Boston University. She received her sommelier certification in Italy in 2009 through the Associazione Italiana Sommelier. Rachel continued her studies to become a cheese taster (ONAF) a few years—and many cheeses–later. She has led wine tastings and gourmet walks for Context Travel in Venice and Padova since 2007. She co-founded www.venicedaytrips.com, which specializes in wine and food tours in northern Italy, to share her passion for Italian wine and artisanal cheese with visitors from around the globe.

This conversation is suitable for adults over 21 years old

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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OK, I'm ready to be Italian!!!!!

I believe Rachel knows more about Italian culture than native born Italians!

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Anonymous
AWESOME SEMINAR!!

Well presented and fun history....thoroughly enjoyable! Rachel continues to do a great job!!

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P.
Superb...as usual

This was a wide ranging presentation on the Aperitivo tradition in all of Italy. Rachel's presentation skills, obvious knowledge of the subject, beautiful graphics and practical skills all weave together to deliver a highly enjoyable learning experience. Highly recommend joining her on any of her tastings. Information is provided prior so that you can taste along with her and the group giving it a more personal feeling than any other virtual presentation.

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Anonymous
Delightful and informative, as usual!

Rachel Erdman's "The Italian Aperitivo: From Classic Vermouth to the Modern Spritz" was a lot of fun as well as a good learning experience. I enjoyed how Rachel wove in local trends in terms of not only specific drinks but also habits and traditions (an aperitivo on a canoe in Torino, for example!). Rachel always gives a little local history for each site, which helps listeners understand the subtle but important differences between different Italian regions. Who knew there was something to drink called a "bicicletta"! It's always a treat to learn with Rachel, and I look forward to her talk on the Piedmont soon!

J
J.A.
Entertaining & Informative!

I found this Conversation with Rachel so well done. It was interesting and it was informative. It was a good idea to see the cocktail being made as she spoke about the ingredients.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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(7)
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(0)
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A
Anonymous
OK, I'm ready to be Italian!!!!!

I believe Rachel knows more about Italian culture than native born Italians!

A
Anonymous
AWESOME SEMINAR!!

Well presented and fun history....thoroughly enjoyable! Rachel continues to do a great job!!

P
P.
Superb...as usual

This was a wide ranging presentation on the Aperitivo tradition in all of Italy. Rachel's presentation skills, obvious knowledge of the subject, beautiful graphics and practical skills all weave together to deliver a highly enjoyable learning experience. Highly recommend joining her on any of her tastings. Information is provided prior so that you can taste along with her and the group giving it a more personal feeling than any other virtual presentation.

A
Anonymous
Delightful and informative, as usual!

Rachel Erdman's "The Italian Aperitivo: From Classic Vermouth to the Modern Spritz" was a lot of fun as well as a good learning experience. I enjoyed how Rachel wove in local trends in terms of not only specific drinks but also habits and traditions (an aperitivo on a canoe in Torino, for example!). Rachel always gives a little local history for each site, which helps listeners understand the subtle but important differences between different Italian regions. Who knew there was something to drink called a "bicicletta"! It's always a treat to learn with Rachel, and I look forward to her talk on the Piedmont soon!

J
J.A.
Entertaining & Informative!

I found this Conversation with Rachel so well done. It was interesting and it was informative. It was a good idea to see the cocktail being made as she spoke about the ingredients.