The amari of Italy: from aperitivi to digestivi

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Join wine educator Richard Lane DipWSET and Italian food and wine expert and journalist Luisa Welch DipWSET for a festive tasting that will open your senses to the fabulous world of Italian amari.

Event details

Explore the significant role of amari bitters that lie behind many Italian aperitivi and digestivi – drinks designed to prepare the stomach for a festive feast and later helping to round off a meal in style.

Amari (Italian for bitters) come in many guises, where a wide variety of herbs and spices are extracted after infusion with alcohol. And, with Italy being Italy, there are many regional variations and cultural connections concerning amari across this diverse gastronomic country, a few of which will be explored in this tasting.

Richard and Luisa will show you how these amari can be enjoyed as a long refreshing drink before a meal, or as a more intense sipper, perfect to finish off an evening.

A selection of Italian light bites will accompany the evening, which will also include two classic Italian wines that would complement any fine and festive dinner table.

Example tasting list

As this tasting is back by popular demand, we will be exploring some new styles of amari, alongside one or two favourites from last year.

  • Chinotto

  • Campari Soda

  • Punt e Mes Vermouth

  • Montanaro Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry

  • Carpano Dry Vermouth

  • Cocchi Vermouth di Torino

  • Vecchio Amaro del Capo

  • Fernet Branca

About the presenter, Richard Lane DipWSET

Richard Lane DipWSET

Richard qualified with the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines in February 2021. He took on the course after spending a year in South West France, where he discovered his passion for wine. Prior to this, his career was in health and science communications and journalism, and he still freelances for The Lancet. Richard started teaching at WSET School London in the summer of 2021, and is the first blind person to qualify as a WSET educator. 

Booking terms and conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.

Cancellations and transfers

  • Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event.
  • If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible.
  • WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Please note: The sample list and speaker/s may be subject to change.

Tasting level

Intermediate: An in-depth exploration of a particular topic. Some prior knowledge is beneficial – such as a WSET Level 2 qualification – but these sessions will be enjoyable and educational for anyone with an interest in the subject.

Contact us

If you would like to book over the phone or have any enquiries about this event, please call our Student Services team on 020 7089 3841 or email