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 3: Tuesday, October 11—Rhône Valley
The Rhône Valley is the home of powerhouse wines, made from Syrah and Grenache. The climates and geology differ greatly in the Northern and Southern areas of the valley, therefore the wines express the character of the their specific terroir. Côte Rôtie, Cornas, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and Saint Joseph are all reds made from Syrah in the northern Rhône, and vary greatly from each other. A special white wine, Condrieu, is made from the Viognier grape, comes from the Northern Rhône. In the South, Grenache is the predominant grape, often blended with Syrah and a number of other local varieties, culminating in powerful wines that express the warmth of the region such as Vacqueyras, Gigondas, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape—the Pope’s wine—which is permitted to have as many as 13 different grape varieties to make up the blend!
Location: Mana Café
888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Price: Single classes are $55. To purchase tickets for October 11, 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.