One of his first students was a young man he had arrested four years earlier. Others have been convicted of armed robbery, drug trafficking and criminal association with the mafia. The classrooms are frugally equipped, behind windows protected by vertical and horizontal bars, although one has brightly colored paintings covering the walls.
But none of that deterred Marco Albanese, a police officer for 19 years and a trained sommelier for five, from teaching a class of rapt students the finer points of deconstructing the bouquet of a chardonnay or pouring a rare vintage.
"Sip by Sip, Inmates Savor Second Chance" is from the January 03, 2017 Lifestyle section of The New York Times. It was written by Gaia Pianigiani and narrated by Caroline Miller.