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 6: January 17th — Loire Valley
Châteaux after picturesque châteaux lines the beautiful banks of the Loire river––running over 1000 kilometres, the longest in France––yet none of them make wine! How is that possible? Especially when the Loire Valley is home to an extraordinary number of great wines and many different grape varieties including: Melon de Bourgogne, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Arbois, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot noir. The Loire Valley has 5 distinct areas running West from Nantes on the Atlantic coast, to Anjou, Saumur, Touraine, and the Central Valley of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. As one travels along the river, the geography, geology, and climate all change dramatically, leading to a great diversity along this stretch. We will taste a range of wines from across this region including Muscadet, Chinon, Bourgueil, Anjou, Savennières, Vouvray and dessert wines such as Bonnezeaux and Coteaux de Layon.
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Jersey City, NJ 07306
PRICE: SINGLE CLASSES ARE $55
Discount packages for more than one class, or the entire program, are available. Please contact Marla Priest at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.