Discover a whole new world of winemaking in France. You’ll taste through a flight of wines that go beyond Bordeaux and the typical Pays d'Oc labels—showcasing some of the world’s most reputable wines, selections from cool-climate regions, vineyards with elevation, and thrilling grape combinations.
What you can expect:
One welcome wine.
Six tasting pours of French wines from different regions.
Palate-cleansing bread and cheese.
One hour of instruction—including Q&A time—with a Cork & Fork wine instructor.
What you will learn:
The historical background of how French came to have some of the world’s oldest vines.
How French wines that express their sense of place.
The different grapes and styles from the main regions of France.
The flavor profiles of various French wine styles.
What to look for when shopping for French wine.
About the region: The style of French wine echoes that of the French themselves—elegant, well-dressed, showing an appreciation for the good things of life but never to excess. French wines go best with food, never overpowering either in flavor or in alcohol, always well-mannered, often beautiful. The fact that, today, the quality of even the least expensive French wine has improved impressively, means that there is a whole new range of wines open to wine drinkers. All these qualities make it worthwhile to spend some time to get to know French wine and to appreciate its many facets. The country produces all styles of wine, from the cool wines of the Loire Valley, the stylish whites of Alsace, through the classics of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the more powerful, muscular offerings of the Rhone, to the warm wines of Languedoc and Roussillon, suffused with sun. And unique in their northern fastnesses are the great Champagnes. Come learn more about this wonderful wine producing region!