Yesterday a group of Umbra students, other foreign students, and Italians met at the local wine bar “La Tana dell’Orso” for a workshop on the history of Italian wine. The title is actually misleading because presenter and local food expert Andrea Mecozzi also brought some cold cuts and even cheese with him to accompany the wines. The first wine the students tried was one called Verdicchio – this means literally “little green,” called this because of the small green grapes used to make it. A bright follow-up was the Aglianico Rubrato, a red wine that is made with one of the oldest grape varieties in the world, used by the ancient Greek colonists of southern Italy. The wines were paired with two different salamis, both of which are typical of the central Italy, and finally the participants got to try a semi-aged pecorino from nearby Foligno. The workshop is the last in a series about Italian foods offered by Umbra.