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Thirst Boston returns to town this weekend

BOSTON – A favorite beverage events with a spirited spirits focus takes place this weekend here, kicking off its educational seminars at BCAE (Boston Center for Adult Education) in the city’s South End.

The pre-eminent cocktail event combines educational seminars about spirits, cocktails and locally made beverages with lively evening spirits-focused events.

Making it happen are Mauren Hautaniemi who began her career at age 13, carrying trays and today works with OFFSITE to produce events for the spirits industry. Joining her is Nick Korn who calls himself a “life-long student and self-identified nerd” with a background in anthropology and a love of travel. He brings his academic “lens” to the eating/drinking industry after a decade of working as a professional in the bar industry. Today he owns and manages OFFSITE, a boutique event and strategy firms with a beverage industry focus.

Thirst Boston kicks off with an opening party on April 28 at Shojo from 8 to 11 p.m. Cocktail Atlas with Beam Suntory will be followed by an after-party sponsored by St. Germain at Drink from 11 p.m. -2 a.m.

Saturday kicks off with a round of classes at BCAE…check them out on www.thirstboston.com, as many are already sold out and the rest, going fast. A unique event, the Ghost of Cocktails Past, will be a walking tour of Boston dive bars from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with Brother Cleve.

Saturday evening is State Lines – Spirits and Carnival Games at Boston’s Innovation & Design Building in the Seaport from 6 p.m.to 10 p.m. Then move on to Kentucky Tiki with Four Roses at Tavern Road in the Fort Point Channel.

On Sunday, check out Rhum Barbancourt, a look at Haitian spirits going beyond rum from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at BCAE- Ocean Room followed by an Afternoon with Nico de Soto of New York’s MACE and Paris’ DANICO at Drink from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Drink. Go to ThirstBoston.com for the rest of the afternoon’s excellent looks into whiskey blending, Gin Lab, Irish Whiskey and Sugar, Sugar: Pastry & Cocktails.

The evening’s big event is Gender Bender Blender Bender, presented by Vitamix at Whiskey Saigon from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., with an After Party with Fernet Branca to follow from 11:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. at Silvertone.


PHOTO: Caitlin Cunningham



BOSTON – The French Wine Scholar starts in Boston on April 5th with Jo-Ann Ross and  Wine Educator, John Fiola who are bringing the program to the Boston Center for Adult Education for nine weeks covering 14 regions of French Wine. Enrollment to 15 students and tuition is $975.

The French Wine Scholar ™ (FWS) Study and Certification Program is designed for wine professionals and enthusiastic wine hobbyists who want to immerse themselves in the most current, accurate, and in-depth information on the wines and the wine regions of France, Ross explains. Developed with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, the FWS program covers 14 French Wine Regions over nine consecutive weeks and concludes with an exam.


Students who follow the detailed curriculum and pass the exam will earn the FWS post-nominal.

The class will cover:

Week 1: Introduction and Alsace region
Week 2: Champagne
Week 3: Burgundy: Part 1
Week 4: Burgundy Part 2 and Beaujolais
Week 5: Rhone Valley
Week 6: Southern France: Languedoc, Roussillon, and Provence
Week 7: Loire Valley
Week 8: Bordeaux
Week 9: Southwest France, Jura, Savoie, and Corsica
Week 10: No Class
Week 11: Final exam

TUITION: $975.00

Commenting on previous programs, participants noted:

“The FWS ™ played a major roll in my successful completion of the WSET Diploma Program”
Erika Frey
Director of Education
Boston Wine School

“Jo-Ann Ross made learning about French Wine exciting, exhilarating and consumer
friendly. It was truly an amazing, educational experience of which I
am most proud of.”
Jim Campanini
Editor of the Sun of Lowell/Author of The Wine Novice Blog.