Continuing on, to stages 15 through 21 we follow the riders through the regions of Rhone, Provence, Languedoc, and Champagne!
For over 2,600 years the region of Provence in southeast France has been making wine. This makes Provence the oldest wine producing region in France. They got their start with the Greeks and then were influenced by the Romans, Gaul’s and Catalans; thus resulting in a diverse array of grape varietals. Currently, Provence is known for their rosés which make up half of their wine production. In southern France is Languedoc which is, to date, the largest producing wine region in the world. To put into perspective how much wine is made in this region; Languedoc makes more wine than the entire United States. Their wines are known to be blended wines, using multiple varietals of grapes, which has given them the nickname of “patchwork wine.” The last region we will taste from is the region Champagne, located in the northeast of France and home to some of the most famous sparkling wines. The three main grape varietals used to make Champagne are pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay; however there are some lesser known grapes that can be used as well. The creation of Champagne is similar to that of wine but with one additional stage thrown in. This stage is when a second fermentation occurs creating more yeast and sugar then generating carbon dioxide bubbles that make the “sparkle” that champagne is known for.
What to Expect:
Walking in, you arrive at a sit down, interactive, wine tasting during which we provide for tasting six to eight new wines to taste and discuss over the one and a half hour period of time allotted to the class. At these gatherings everyone attending brings their own level of knowledge and experiences, adding to the conversation on the wines, regions, and varietals. All levels of wine lovers are welcome! What brings is all together once every week is simply that we LOVE wine!