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Mattoni explores wines of Umbria

Join First Draft Book Bar, 300 W. Camelback Road, when wine expert Lorenzo Mattoni leads a lively discussion and tasting of wines of Umbria, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Umbria, in central Italy, is a region of lush rolling hills, hilltop villages and iconic, historic towns known for its white-wine production. Its annual wine production of around one million hL (26 million gallons) is less than one third that of neighboring Tuscany, and makes it the country’s fourth-smallest wine-producing region by volume. Located at the very heart of the Italian Peninsula, it is hemmed in by its neighbors Tuscany, Marche and Lazio, and is in fact the only Italian region with neither a coastline nor an international border.

Cost is $25 per person and includes admission and six tastings. All featured wines are available to go at 30-percent off for class attendees. Admission is limited to 25 people; first-come, first-serve. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. Register and pre-pay at 602-274-0067 or go to http://www.changing hands.com/event and click on the calendar box for Feb. 17.

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