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COST: $30 per person
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Ever since the Cistercian and Benedictine monks of the tenth and eleventh centuries began making the wine, Pinot Noir from Burgundy has had hypnotic powers over people. If you’ve seen their infinite variety on the shelves of our shops in Milwaukee and Delafield, or if you’ve seen how richly represented they are among the wines we feature by email and on our website, then you know how enchanted we are with Red Burgundy.
Burgundy can seem complicated. And why shouldn’t it be? It has 100 appellations, 562 Premier Crus and 33 Grand Crus. And French inheritance laws have divided its vineyards among thousands of owners of varying competence and experience. Yet Burgundy offers us an opportunity to explore wine and its terroir — the effects of soil, topography, climate and culture on a wine — that can’t be matched by any other region. The rewards of a journey through Burgundy can’t be matched either.
We’d like to invite you to travel with us through the history and the vineyards of the Pinot Noirs of Burgundy. We’ll taste more than 10 classic Pinot Noirs from 10 exemplary Burgundy estates in 10 legendary Burgundy appellations. We’ll show you how easy and delicious Burgundy can be, how rewarding and inexpensive Burgundy can be, and why great Burgundy has been sought after for hundreds of years.
In 1367, the great humanist Petrarch wrote a letter to Urban V soon after the Pope had moved the papacy from Avignon back to Rome. Petrarch had heard Urban’s cardinals felt deprived in Italy, and that they wanted Urban to return the papacy to Avignon “because it brings them the wine of Burgundy, which they regard as the fifth of the natural elements [after earth, air, water, and fire] . . . . It has come to be exalted by these people, and placed almost on a level with the nectar of the gods.”
If Red Burgundy hasn’t already enchanted you, by the end of our journey, it will.
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