Saturday, March 2, 2024

11:45 AM – 1:00 P.M.


Main Street Station
1500 E Main St,
Richmond , Virginia, 23229


Taste Stunning Piedmontese and Tuscan Wines 

Awaken your senses and discover the delicious, terroir-driven wines of two of the most famous wine regions in Italy - Tuscany and Piedmont.   At this seminar, led by famed importer, wine lecturer - and all-around great guy - Bartholomew Broadbent, you'll learn how the special Piedmontese and Tuscan passion for growing grapes yields incredible wines reflecting the ancient terroir on which they grow, even down to the hill of a particular vineyard.  You'll taste highly-regarded examples of some of the most famous wines produced in these regions, such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, Barbara, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, and more.   

With Your Ticket, You Will:

  • Taste 9+ highly regarded Piedmontese and Tuscan wines 
  • Learn about the nuances of some of the famous wines produced in both Piedmont and Tuscany 

Important Information

  • You may arrive at 11:30 am to be checked in and seated
  • Only 21 years or older are permitted to enter the event.
  • Casual attire.
  • All inclusive.
  • Cost of admission is $5.  The remaining costs cover the privilege to consume sampled food and drinks (excluding complimentary water).

About William Holby 

William grew up in Homewood, Alabama, and majored in Economics at Birmingham-Southern College. He discovered his passion for wine in a bottle of Pascal Jolivet Sancerre at Highlands Bar & Grill, and shortly thereafter founded an educational wine club for his friends, “Que Syrah, Syrah.”  Upon graduation, he moved to Washington, DC, and became the youngest wine salesperson in the history of Calvert Woodley Wines & Spirits. After two years on the sales floor, he was promoted to Director of Wine Imports, managing the shop’s purchasing and logistics for Bordeaux and Rhône futures. In that role, he was fortunate enough to travel to Bordeaux for the en primeur campaign and fondly remembers tasting the legendary 2009 and 2010 vintages out of barrel.

He joined The Country Vintner in 2013 as a Fine Wine & Craft Spirits Salesperson and enjoyed watching the rise of the restaurant scene in Washington, DC for over six years. Through this position, he discovered a passion for the wines of Madeira, Chateau Musar, Italy, South Africa, and others.  Since 2019, he has been the regional sales manager for Richmond-based Broadbent Selections. You may spot him around the mid-Atlantic, spreading the gospel of good wine with a bottle in hand wherever he goes. When he’s not sharing a bottle of delicious wine, you’ll find him playing with his son, Miller, or walking his beagle, Otis (a very good boy.)

About Bartholomew Broadbent, the founder of Broadbent Selections

Known as a lively, witty and informative wine lecturer, Bartholomew Broadbent is also one of the world’s foremost authorities on Port and Madeira. He is credited for being responsible for the growth of Port consumption in North America during the mid 1980’s and was responsible for the re-introduction of Madeira to America in 1989, instrumental in its growth since then. Bartholomew Broadbent’s company, Broadbent Selections, Inc., founded in 1996, is the exclusive US national importer for some of the worlds most sought after family wineries, including Chateau Musar, Warwick Estate, Spy Valley, Ferreira, Quinta do Crasto, Louis Guntrum, Montsarra Cava, Vilafonte, AABadenhorst, and Dr.Hermann. He owns Broadbent Port, Madeira and Vinho Verde in Portugal, Broadbent Malbec in Argentina, Broadbent Gruner Veltliner in Austria and The Curator in South Africa.  

Raised in the English wine trade in a formal apprenticeship to his legendary father, Michael Broadbent MW [Director of Christie’s and prolific wine author], Bartholomew’s company is now one of America’s leading wine importers.  Bartholomew Broadbent was named one of the “fifty most influential people in the wine world.” by Decanter Magazine (June 1997). Broadbent Selections, Inc. was nominated Importer of the Year in 2005 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and was named one of the 100 fastest growing companies in 1998 by Entrepreneur Magazine and Dun & Bradstreet. In 2013 IntoWine.com ranked him 48th in the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S Wine Industry.” Today, he has expanded from his pivotal role in the breathtaking growth of Port and Madeira to “exert a profound influence on the US wine market” says Decanter. He lives in Virginia where he is also pioneering the distribution of Virginia wines, now available in over 30 states.

Main Street Station, where the Masterclass Seminars, Walk-Around Grand Tastings, SMOKED!, and Oyster Eat are held