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“It would be as impossible to think of France without wine as it is to think of wine without France.”
– Hugh Johnson
Take a simple stroll through any wine store or supermarket and simply look at the grape names on the bottles: Chardonnay, Cabernet, Syrah, Pinot Noir – they’re all French. And not only are these grape varieties French, but France continues to produce some (or all?) of the greatest examples of them. France not only has the greatest wines, but also the longest history of studying them, codifying them, and shaping them into categories based on geography. Indeed, France is the model structure that nearly all winemaking states and wine laws emulate. There is great variety to be tasted!
This course is designed as a series of tastings and lectures taking you through France and French wine. Each lecture is based upon a region (or group of regions) in France that will allow us to explore the aromas, flavors and textures of French wine, all while learning about the history and culture of each region. In each lecture we will taste nine wines, compare and contrast them, and explore the reasons they taste different from one another.
Designed to develop the attendee’s knowledge of French wine (and all wine as a whole), these lectures can be enjoyed as a set or individually. No knowledge of French wine is necessary to start, and every tasting will present something new and exciting to all, no matter what your present level of wine appreciation.
Classes are $40 each or $150 for all five. That’s right: Sign up for all sessions and use the discount code GRADUATE for a $50 discount (tickets are non-refundable). Each class includes a lecture and the tasting of nine different wines (with substantial discounts offered on all wines being presented the night of the tasting).
Tasting / Lecture 1: Champagne and Alsace, January 27.
Tasting / Lecture 2: Burgundy and Beaujolais, February 17.
Tasting / Lecture 3: The Rhone Valley extending into Languedoc-Roussillon, March 10.
Tasting / Lecture 4: Bordeaux, March 31.
Tasting / Lecture 5: Loire Valley, April 21.
Wines to be tasted session one:
Morin “Tentation” Cramant $25
Roeder Champagne Brut Premier $55
Pierre Peters Champagne Grand Cru Les Mesnil Brut $65
2016 Albert Boxler Edelzwicker $35
2016 Trimbach Riesling $25
2017 Domaine Ostertag Riesling Grand Cru Muenchberg $75
2018 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Blanc $30
2015 Emile Beyer Pinot Noir $25
2015 Boxler Gewurztraminer Reserve $55
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