Jonathon Alsop

Jonathon Alsop

Founder, Boston wine school
Wine consultant, Vinovations

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This award-winning sommelier and author is the founder of the Boston Wine School and the Boston Wine School Wine Club. These establishments both pride themselves on being a snob-free zone where people can learn to enjoy different types of wine without feeling intimidated or feeling as though they are less than sophisticated. Simply put, Jonathon Alsop simply loves wine in all of its forms, and he wants to share this knowledge with you! 

“I think the thing that people respect the most from our Boston Wine School classes is that we respect your taste,” he says. “We don’t tell you what to think or what wines are supposed to be good… Some people feel like you have to have a Ph.D. in wine to have an opinion.” Alsop is the prime example of what a sommelier should be, passionate about his individual craft, yet unpretentious and willing to still learn from those he teaches!
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The word “whiskey” comes from old Gaelic and means the “water of life”. It’s no wonder why we feel the need for a refill now and then.... more

Taking the Bite Out of Whiskey is an ideal class for all levels – experienced whiskey adventurers and those just starting their journeys. The evening begins with a 2-hour class providing an overview of the wide world of whiskey. You will learn how to taste and talk about whiskey while comparing whiskey styles, ingredients, and origins.

Appetizers and an assortment of cheeses will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing whiskey and food. After class, we’ll clear our palates and our heads with an American barbecue dinner paired with wine.

TASTING CLASS MENU (subject to change based on availability, inspiration, and whimsey!)

Innis & Gunn Scottish Cask-Aged Beer | Bully Boy White Whiskey | Old Overholt Rye Whiskey | Four Roses Bourbon | Slane Castle Irish Whiskey | Gordon & McPhail Single Malt Scotch


Blue Ribbon Barbecue
Barbecue chicken | Barbecue pork | Kansas City burnt ends Rice & beans | Collard greens | Potato salad | Chocolate whiskey cake Chardonnay | Zinfandel