Tour of France in 7 Stages — Tour de France en 7 Étapes
Spread out over 7 classes, we will take a virtual tour through France, visiting each of the major wine regions (Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Southwest France, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, and Alsace) and sampling some of the finest classics, revealing mysteries, debunking myths, and discovering hidden treasures. At the helm is Gary Hulton, certified sommelier, Wine Educator and Francophile whose favorite way to enjoy France is to drive through it, tasting the food and drink, looking at the art and architecture, and becoming a part of daily life in the very different micro-cultures that define what it means to be French. In addition to tasting fabulous wines, we will learn to speak a bit of the language, explore maps, regions, menus, and especially the labels. As the French say, we will “changer les idées” (refresh your mind). Let’s fire up the deux chevaux and get rolling.
Class 2: Tuesday, September 13th—Burgundy
Bourgogne (Burgundy) is home of some of the best and most expensive wines on the planet, and though the two major grapes grown there—Chardonnay and Pinot noir—can be found all over the world, it is only in this very small region that they both find their finest expression. We will taste wines from the 5 burgundy sub-regions: Chablis, Côte-d’Or (Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune), Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, and Beaujolais. White wines made from Chardonnay and Aligoté varietals include Chablis, Chassagne-Montrachet (Puligny or Saint-Aubin), Pouilly-Fuissé (Viré-Clessé) and an Aligoté. Reds made from Pinot noir and Gamay include Nuits-Saint-Georges, Côte de Beaune, Santenay (or Maranges, Mercurey, Rully) and a Cru Beaujolais (Saint-Amour, Morgon).
Location: Mana Café
888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Price: Single classes are $55. To purchase tickets for September 13, click here .
Discount packages for more than one class, or the entire program, are available. Please contact Marla Priest at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.