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Tickle My Nose! A Sparkling Wine Seminar

  • Pacific Food & Beverage Museum 731 South Pacific Avenue San Pedro, CA, 90731 United States (map)

Featuring Franciacorta Wines


Franciacorta sparkling wines–they're like Champagne, but they're not, and they occupy a class all their own. Discover–and TASTE!–them with PacFAB Wine Educator Laura Donadoni and enjoy gourmet Italian bites.

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Franciacorta is a sparkling wine from the Province of Brescia (Lombardy) with DOCG status produced from grapes grown within the boundaries of the territory of Franciacorta, on the hills located between the southern shore of Lake Iseo and the city of Brescia. It was awarded DOC status in 1967, the designation then also including red and white still wines. Since 1995 the DOCG classification has applied exclusively to the sparkling wines of the area.

Grape varieties that can be used to make the Italian sparkling wine are two of the classic Champagne varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus Pinot Blanc. Franciacorta is produced using the "traditional method"–the same as for Champagne–with a secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle

Tickets are $30 for National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), Culinary Historians of Southern California, and all SoCal wine club members, $35 General Admission in advance, and $40 at the door (if available). NatFAB membership is available to all at

A portion of all proceeds support NatFAB, home of PacFAB, The Museum of the American Cocktail, and Southern Food & Beverage Museum.


About the Presenter

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Laura Donadoni is a certified professional journalist and editor with a summa cum laude PhD in communication sciences, a professional speaker, and a certified sommelier with merit with the North American Sommelier Association and the World Sommelier Association. She is one of the few Vinitaly International Italian Wine Ambassadors and serves as a wine judge at international competitions. Additionally, Laura is a certified wine educator and wine taster, a certified Italian and Spanish wine specialist, and a member of the Los Angeles Wine Writers Association.

Hailing from Bergamo, Italy, Laura was raised on classic Italian wine and creative cuisine. She began her career as a columnist and wine and food reporter for several prestigious Italian magazines, among them Gambero Rosso, and a news anchorwoman for local and national radio networks. She also hosted her own food and wine show on the Italian broadcasting network Mediapason, the country's second largest private television network. Upon moving to the US, she translated her passion into The Italian Wine Girl blog and YouTube channel, spreading wine education and wine culture. She founded LA COM Wine Agency, a strategic PR and communications firm focused on the wine and food industry. Laura serves as US Brand Ambassador for Franciacorta, Italy's most prestigious sparkling wine region, and an honorable Knight of the Order of the Truffle and the Wines of Alba, a prestigious historic order of ambassadors of authentic Piedmont products and wines.