Tour de France – Delafield, September 5

When: Thursday, September 5
Time: 6:00 pm TO 7:30 pm
Where: Delafield

LOCATION: 631 Genesee Street

COST: $30 per person

REGISTRATION: Please call 262-337-9774 or email Credit card required at time of registration.

If you want to know about wine, your quest for enological knowledge invariably leads you through the wine regions of France. Wines from these classic regions and their noble grapes represent the standards against which wines from every other wine region in the world are measured against.

Because France was the first country to institute national wine laws — laws known as the appellation system — the country stands as the classic paradigm for growing grapes and making wine. The appellation system of France codifies the authenticity, typicity and quality of wine from its regions. All of France’s wine regions — Alsace, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire Valley, Provence, Rhone Valley and the Southwest — are tied to specified grapes, methods of viticulture, and styles of making wine.

At the heart of the appellation system is the most important ideal in the world of wine, the ideal of terroir — the ideal that says the wine of a place should reflect the nature and culture of the place. Which is why bottles of French wine are known by the places they’re from rather than the grapes comprising them.

Whether you know a little or a lot about the wines of France — its regions as well as their terroirs — we’d love to tour the country with you, region by region, grape by grape, glass by glass. We’ll drink Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Bordeaux, along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy, along with Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, along with other wines from classic regions and noble grapes from the Dover Strait to the Gulf of Lyon.

If you love French wine already, by the end of our tour, you’ll love French wine even more. And if you don’t love French wine when our journey begins, we know you’ll love French wine by our journey’s end.

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