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Cork & Fork is honored to begin the 2018 wine Masterclass program with a two-part series offered by Certified Sommelier, Advanced-Level, Pascal Salvadori.

Part One: 2015 Burgundy -- January 11, 2017

Part Two: Côte De Nuits -- January 25, 2017

Guests welcome to attend only one class.

Cost for both classes $180.00

Cost for one class $100.00


About the speaker, Pascal F. Salvadori

Pascal Salvadori is one of only 236 people in the world who have received the Advanced Level Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers. When Pascal Salvadori graduated from the Court of Master Sommeliers, there were only 23 graduates of the course from the USA and Canada. During the three-day examination, these individuals demonstrated an advanced understanding of wine theory and the beverage service industry, as well as a highly sophisticated tasting ability. With this achievement, only one challenging step remains before Pascal can earn the coveted title of Master Sommelier.

About the Court of Master Sommeliers

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in England in 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. The first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam to be held in the United States was in 1987. The title Master Sommelier marks the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge, beverage service abilities, and professionalism in the hospitality trade. Education was then, and remains today, the Court’s charter. There are four stages involved in attaining the top qualifications of Master Sommelier: 1) Introductory Sommelier Course; 2) Certified Sommelier Exam; 3) Advanced Sommelier Course; and 4) Master Sommelier Diploma.

There are 149 professionals who have earned the title of Master Sommelier as part of the Americas chapter since the organization’s inception. Of those, 125 are men and 24 are women.

About the Classes

Part One: January 11, 2018 – 2015 Burgundy (7:30 PM – 9 PM)

The 2015 vintage is an extraordinary one throughout the Côte d’Or. The red wines are truly great: rich, powerful and statuesque but almost always underpinned by juicy acidity. The distinctive characters of the region’s diverse terroirs, which can be occluded by over-ripeness in warm years, are articulately expressed. Nor, despite its richness and amplitude, is this a facile vintage. These are wines for the long haul, with serious reserves of ripe tannins hidden behind their generous fruit: they will deserve patience – and if they shut down in bottle, they will demand it.

Some vignerons draw comparisons with the excellent 2005s, though yields were lower in 2015 and the wines are more concentrated. Others look to 1990 for an analogy. Perhaps the last word should go to Volnay’s Michel Lafarge, one of the Côte d’Or’s most thoughtful and experienced observers, who draws parallels with 1929s which he tasted as a young man in his family’s cellars. No other vintage in the past 60 years, he reflects, is really comparable.

Indeed, Meursault’s Anne Morey describes 2015 as ‘a classic white Burgundy vintage, with good freshness and ageing potential’, and is evidently concerned the wines may be dismissed prematurely as hailing from a warm – and therefore uninteresting – year. Pierre-Yves Colin of Chassagne-Montrachet agrees. For him, the 2015s in barrel evoke the 1985s: ‘the best white vintage I ever tasted’. So though the 2015 whites may not be as homogeneously brilliant as their red counterparts, careful shoppers who do not underestimate their quality will be amply rewarded.

Is 2015 a vintage to buy?

Definitely, as this is the best vintage for red wines since 2005 and 2010, although the white wines are less consistent. Prices may cause many purchasers to wince, especially in the UK. But the frost-ravaged 2016s are likely to see even more rises. It is hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with the 2015s, and even the more lowly Bourgogne and village appellations can be first-rate.

Read more at http://www.decanter.com/learn/vintage-guides/burgundy/burgundy-2015-vintage-overview-353813/#X8R92QWLqBextzzL.99


Part Two: January 25, 2018 – Côte de Nuits (7:30 PM – 9 PM)

The Pinot Noir-rich vineyards of the Côte de Nuits are legendary, with some of the greatest names in wine found therein: Romanée-Conti, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis and Nuits-Saint-George itself. The 25 grand cru vineyards produce wines that are ethereal and magical, while the 135 premier cru vineyards also make some of the finest Pinot Noir on the planet.

As per the Wine-Searcher database, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru in Côte de Nuits is still the most expensive wine in the world with the average price lurking around $15,703. The list finishes with another Côte de Nuits, Leroy Domaine d'Auvenay Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru at the more moderate average price of $4037; that being said, it's still the price of a small car.

In case you were wondering, Côte de Nuits is the top half of the Cote d'Or, a subregion of Burgundy. This 12.5-mile-long strip is responsible for rich wine enthusiasts emptying their pockets the world over. Interestingly, four of the Burgundies listed are fully biodynamic with DRC partly biodynamic – whether or not you believe in the power of biodynamism, it's certainly proving lucrative.

In the Côte de Nuits, Bruno Clair describes 2015 as ‘an aristocratic vintage with finesse’. But it was not a copious harvest. Jacques Devauges at Clos de Tart explains: ‘The nights were hot in late June and July, and this led to berries dropping off the bunches, and consequently to lower yields.’ Moreover, the hot summer kept berries small, and thus with less juice than usual. Yet yields varied. Sebastien Cathiard had close to 40hl/ha, while Liger-Belair, also in Vosne-Romanée, and Henri Gouges in Nuits-St-Georges had an average of 25hl/ha. Crucially, the grapes remained healthy until harvest, and no sorting was required.

Learn more about these Burgundy by signing up for these classes!

What to Expect:
This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry-level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well-informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.

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