Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar invites guests to a take a trip across the ocean and back in time with a five-week Italian wine course, taking place on Saturdays from Aug. 1 through Sept. 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Carmelo Messina, Gold Pin Sommelier and Master of Professional Wine Tasting certified by the Italian Sommelier Association will conduct the course.

Each class will consist of a lecture on the topics of the day and a second part with wine tastings. The course itself is limited to 25 students.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Tasting grid, how to taste wine step by step and identify primary, secondary and tertiary flavors
  • Geography and history of winemaking
  • Introduction to terroir and its relation to soil and climate
  • Differences between Italian and domestic wines
  • Wine culture and much more


The final class will focus on the art and science of food-and-wine pairing and will include paired dishes, similar to the format of Ferraro’s Taste and Learn events.

For more than 20 years, Messina has built a reputation as an Italian wine expert, working in hospitality and wine distribution between Italy, England and the United States. In Las Vegas, Messina worked for acclaimed restaurants on and off the Strip before moving into wine sales and education for major distributors.

The five-week course begins Aug. 1 and culminates Sept. 5. There will not be a class on Aug. 22. Tuition is $250 per person and space is limited. For more information about Ferraro’s wine course with Carmelo Messina or to reserve a space in the class, call (702) 364-5300.