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Virtual Happy Hour: Italy vs Burgundy Comparative Tasting

  • Thursday, October 01, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MST)
  • Zoom Meeting (Details to Be Sent Day of Program)


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You are invited you to join Mike Whitty and guest sommelier Ryan Arnold for a delicious comparison of two close rival wine producing regions, Italy (specifically Piedmont and Veneto; saving Tuscany for a future event) and France (specifically Burgundy). We will taste 4 different wines, two whites and two reds from each region. We’ll discuss the different qualities of the grape varietals and the different wine producing traditions for each region. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their own wine in advance to participate in the tasting. We will be tasting the following wines (all retailing between $17 and $25):

WHITE / BLANCO / BLANC: Italian whites are often overlooked for the more popular reds. This stops now! Soave is one of the most age-worthy whites in Italy and really shines when it’s made from 100% Garganega. Let’s compare it to a 100% Chardonnay from Burgundy, France. This is also a fun exercise to how to taste for oak in wine production.

RED / ROSSO / ROUGE: It’s often said that Tuscany is the Bordeaux of Italy because of the similar use of grapes and blending practices. Piedmont is often compared to Burgundy as the wineries typically focus on one grape, Nebbiolo (Think Barolo, Barbaresco). Burgundy makes the best Pinot Noir in the world. These grapes are similar as they’re high acid, tannic, and display bright red fruit characters like sour bing cherry and strawberry.

Click here to download Mike Whitty's tasting notes.


AFHE President Michael Whitty has stepped in to lead the discussion for the Italy vs Burgundy Comparative Wine Tasting. Michael already helped pick out the wines. Michael is not (yet) a certified sommelier but is definitely a student of wine, having three wine apps on his telephone and a subscription to Wine Spectator magazine. Michael has visited vineyards in Burgundy, Napa, and the Russian River Valley area of Sonoma County. Registrants will receive a PDF of his advance tasting notes.

Michael is a Partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP in the Corporate Practice Group in their Chicago office. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, taxation, and estate and trust administration. Michael represents business owners, principals of venture capital and private equity funds, key executives, investors, and other high-net-worth individuals in planning for the preservation and transfer of their wealth.


There is no charge to participate in this webinar, but pre-registration is required.

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