You will discover the pivotal role wine played in the daily life of ancient Romans, and how wine has evolved over time from a sweet, spiced, syrup-like drink to the refined product Romans and the world drink now. You'll pause to see both famous and obscure landmarks unveiling this fascinating heritage.
As your engaging expert guide leads you through the tasting of four fine wines on your wine walk, you'll also learn about Italy's world-famous incredible wine-making legacy. Your first stop will be to an enoteca, or wine bar, to taste two fine white wines from the outlying countryside, and enjoy delicious local snacks any foodie would be happy to taste.
Your expert wine guide will share with you the basics of wine-tasting techniques, so you can learn how to identify certain characteristics and main aromas of wine, but also the hidden and most common defects you can find in a bottle. If you are already knowledgeable about the basics of wine-tasting, your expert will customize your session to include a tasting lesson with new elements, and a discussion of wines that you will choose together.
As you proceed to your next tasting, you'll learn about Rome's emperors, and how their role in spreading wine-making knowledge to a large portion of the world. The famous vintage of 121 B.C., the so-called Opimian Vintage, unfortunately is no longer available...but your expert will be sure that you taste some more recent, excellent gourmet products. The tiny, side-alley wine shops will help you fully understand the city's colorful wine history. At another lovely, unpretentious enoteca you'll enjoy a guided tasting of two fine Italian regional red wines with a light snack of local gourmet specialties.
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