Bordeaux Master Class
Focus on Médoc
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Our Inaugural Lecture Series event
Enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine,
Tour an ultra-rare collection of historic French viticulture tools
showcased in the new Wine Tool Museum at Buena Vista Winery
Learn about and taste the wines of the most prestigious region of Bordeaux, the Médoc
Guest Speaker, Wendy Narby, International Wine Educator
author of "Bordeaux Bootcamp"
Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The inaugural event of the new Women for WineSense Napa | Sonoma Lecture Series, this Bordeaux master class provides a unique opportunity not only to learn about this esteemed region of Bordeaux, France, while sampling wines from the region but also to tour Buena Vista's new French viticulture tool museum.
Women for WineSense Napa | Sonoma is proud to present a series of lectures, featuring noted professionals from a broad range of the wine industry. These lectures will engage members and the wine community to enhance their wine knowledge. Our goal is to share our passion, engage the wine community, and inspire others to succeed.About the Médoc
The Médoc has had a long history of making very full-bodied red wines with high tannins, low acidity, and medium to high alcohol levels: in other words, the classic Bordeaux blend. While red Bordeaux can be thought of as wine from St-Émilion, Pomerol, or Graves, the Médoc is still considered the quintessential Bordeaux.
Located directly to the west and southwest of the Gironde river, the Médoc has optimal climate and soil for the planting and growing of the dean of red grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon. Although machine harvesting has its place, Médoc wineries usually opt to keep quality high and pick manually. Yields are kept low by government limits. Some white wine is produced, but it is considered second wine and registered under Bordeaux AOC or some other generic appellation--as opposed to Graves, where white wine is a significant part of production.
These and other rigorous standards, slightly different for each village in which wine is produced, keep quality high. Médoc AOC itself, although this appellation is not often used, has various rules of its own. Although yields are kept low, vine density is generally high, and quite a bit of wine is produced here. The best châteaux, although they undoubtedly put extraordinary effort into their wines, make excellent profits.
A great deal of flavors can be found in the Médoc, and even among the small villages subtle differences abound. In later years, when they are peaking, many of these wines have notes of chocolate and violet, as well as the flavors spurred by the oak aging. Villages such as Margaux, make wines that are less overpoweringly strong than, say, the famously tannic Pauillac. St-Julien is famous for its woody flavor, which is often compared to cedar.
This event is sponsored in part by the Conseil des Vins du Medoc.
Wendy Narby has spent the last 25 years in the French Food and Wine Industry. Wendy now teaches professionals and the general public in Bordeaux, the UK and as far away as Asia and the US, as well as accompanying private wine tours for amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Her aim is to open the doors of the world’s most famous vineyards, explaining and making the wonderful world of French wine more accessible.
She is author of the recently published book, "Bordeaux Bootcamp," now available for download, for which she is offering event attendees a 50% discount (which will be emailed to you with your event ticket purchase confirmation).
Founded in 1857 as the state’s first premium winery, our generous host, Buena Vista, has a rich, delicious heritage as the first premium—and certainly the most colorful—of all of the wineries in California. Today, the legend has been re-born under the vision of Jean-Charles Boisset as part of the Boisset Family Estates Collection. Just outside the town of Sonoma, the original winery is now a California Historic Landmark, and home to the winery, tasting room, and visitor’s center. Learn more in this fun video from Buena Vista:
As a special treat, and dovetailing perfectly with our focus on the Médoc wines of the Bordeaux, the evening will begin with a brief tour of Buena Vista, culminating with a special tour of the ultra-rare collection of historic French viticulture tools showcased in the new Wine Tool Museum at Buena Vista Winery where our lecture will be held. View a video of the recent grand opening of the Wine Tool Museum here:
A special permit from the French government was needed to bring the tools to America. From picks and plow blades to handcrafted barrel spigots, these items represent state-of-the art viticulture during the 19th and 20th centuries, in both Europe and California. Just imagine enjoying a glass of wine from Médoc surrounded by the viticulture tools used to harvest the grapes in the wine from centuries past!
Learn more about Buena Vista's new WIne Tool Museum in this article from the Sonoma Index-Tribune.
As this is a unique opportunity, seating is highly limited.
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Alcohol will be served at this event. No one under 21 will be served.
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Ample parking is available in Buena Vista's lot...which is a hike from the main winery. Please wear appropriate footwear for the walk!
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Founded in 1990 by some of the top women in the wine industry, Women for WineSense offers wine education and networking opportunities for wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.
Our events, held in beautiful wine country locations, provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for men and women to enjoy learning about new wines and food pairings, as well as making new friends and acquaintances.
Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 as a way to promote women working in the wine industry. WWS is committed to being the premiere wine organization offering outstanding education programs, member benefits, and networking opportunities to industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has over 300 members of which approximately 80% are professionals in the wine industry. For information about becoming a member, please email our Membership Director, Ellen Reich Luchtel.
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