Tour of the Week June 15 – North End!

Tour of the Week June 15 – North End!

For our Tour of the week on June 15 we selected the 3PM North End tour!  This tour was led by Fiona Coxe!  Fiona runs her own blog called A Boston Food Diary.

Tour of the Week June 15

A gorgeous summery day was the perfect back drop for a Sunday Funday
wine tour through the North End!

Our crew started off sipping Prosecco at Aragosta as we chatted about
the difference between Prosecco and classic Champagne.  Then we
examined all of those great components of wine- what our noses tell
us, what our eyes see, and what our tastebuds find.  The crew was
excited to hone in on citrusy and green apple notes.

Group gathered on Tour of the Week June 15

Gennaro’s 5 North Square welcomed us in with their hospitality and
signature wines.  Here we talked about the personalities of different
grapes and how they influence the wine.  We talked everything from
color depth to tannin to obscure Italian grapes.

Finally, Katie at Wine Bottega gave us a fabulous education on their
biodynamic wines and started a rousing discussion on rose’ wines and
their utter fabulousness.


The U.S. government regulates use of the term “organic,” but “sustainable” and “biodynamic” have no legal definitions. So I’ll start with organic: there are two types of organic listings on wine bottles. Wines can be made from certified organically grown grapes, avoiding any synthetic pesticides or additives, or, to take it a step further, “organic” wines are made from organically grown grapes, and are also made without any added sulfites (though naturally occurring sulfites will still be present).

Biodynamic is similar to organic farming in that both take place without synthetic chemicals, but biodynamic farming incorporates ideas about a vineyard as an entire ecosystem, and also takes into account things such as astrological influences and lunar cycles. A biodynamic wine means that the grapes are farmed biodynamically, and that the winemaker did not make the wine with any common manipulations such as yeast additions or acidity adjustments. A wine “made from biodynamic grapes” means that a vintner used biodynamically grown grapes, but followed a less strict list of rules in winemaking.

If you missed our Tour of the Week on June 15, join us every weekend to sip, learn, and have fun!