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English Language Meeting – February 9, 2022 (Online)

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

When: February 9, 2022
Arnie Millan, Esquin Wine Merchants
Topic: Essentials of Italian Wine
Location: Online

Advanced registration will be required. A link to the registration form will be sent to the Dante Alighieri Society mailing list.

There will be a “social hour” beginning at 7 pm. The presentation will start at 7:30.

About the Speaker:

Arnie Millan has been a wine aficionado for over forty years.  Arnie’s interest in wine began in 1973 during his first visit to France.  Arnie has been consulting to restaurants about wine since 1987. In 1997, he opened his own restaurant, Avenue One, which was highly regarded for its extensive and carefully chosen wine program, winning four Wine Spectator Magazine Awards of Excellence and accolades from Wine Press Northwest and Seattle Magazine, among others. Arnie and his wine classes were featured in  The Wall Street Journal, “Learning the Ropes about Vines” published February 10, 2006. Recently, Arnie was chosen to teach a class on wine tasting to the Washington Wine Commission’s volunteer wine ambassadors. In July, 2014, Arnie was featured in the  Seattle Times as “The Finest Wine Mind in Seattle.” Arnie works at Esquin Wine Merchants, as European Buyer, heading up Private Client Services and Education.

About the Presentation:

Arnie will provide the essential information to help better understand Italian wine.  He will cover Italian wine terminology and the basics of Italian wine law. He will give a quick review of the 19 Italian wine regions as well as a review of some of Italy’s major red and white grapes.  Whether you’re new to Italian wine or a seasoned tifoso, there will be something here to your taste!

Arnie Millan


February 9
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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2021-2022 Season

Live Meeting COVID Guidelines

Even as COVID variants continue to plague the population, we are trying to return to offering live meetings for Dante this season. We’ve all been longing for a return to shared meals, and since this is foundational to Dante activities, we want to make it possible. Following the guidelines and regulations now in place by many workplaces, public venues and community groups, the Dante Board of Directors has agreed to the guidelines listed below as an acceptable plan to keep us as safe as possible when meeting in person. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these regulations and will continue to stay current as the season evolves. If things get better, we may be able to loosen up the current plans. But meanwhile, we ask that Dante members and those from our wider mailing list cooperate with the plans as outlined below. These are also in keeping with the rules provided by St. Clements, our new residence.

1) Mandatory proof of full vaccination is required for anyone attending any live Dante Meeting. This applies to members, presenters, cooks and guests. Please bring a photo or photocopy of your COVID card with you when you come to any meeting. Dante is not set up to offer secure web-site proof, where you can upload a photo, as some workplaces are able to do. Please just bring the photo on your phone or a photocopy of the card with you. We will make the check-in process as streamlined as possible, hopefully needing to screen your proof only once.

2) Obviously – please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. We will make best efforts to record the presentations so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy them afterwards. There will also be a few meetings presented on ZOOM instead of live this season, for all to enjoy like last year.

3) Masks should be worn at all times at meetings except when seated for dining. This roughly follows the current Washington State rules for indoor restaurant dining and is in line with St. Clements current practice. We will have the windows and doors open as possible in our downstairs dining area. Presentations will take place in the upstairs sanctuary where there is more room for seating at distanced intervals. Presenters can unmask for their talks, as they will be distanced from those seated.

4) Those preparing and/or bringing food to meetings: please mask and wash hands in the preparation of food to be shared. Pre-Dante-Pasta chefs will stay masked in the kitchen. For anyone bringing antipasti or desserts: please portion for individual servings; avoid serving common dips, spreads etc. Food (including bread, cookies, etc) will be served with utensils. Hand sanitizer will be provided and we ask that we all use it each time we return to the table.

Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s eliminate COVID contagion together!!!