Course: Introduction to wine
October 4-11-18-25th and November 1st 2017
The Intro course will help you better understand wine by covering the major steps of winemaking, its raw material (vine and grape), the art of tasting and its vocabulary, the service of wine including glassware and cellaring. We will also discuss the most important international grape varieties, wine categories, wine and food pairings and obviously taste three (3) wines every evening.
Workshop 1 – The art of tasting
Tuesday October 17th 2017
The art of tasting : Come discover how to taste wines. Understand what to look, smell and taste for ! Increased vocabulary will facilatate communicating your opinion. See how easy the art of tasting becomes with simple basic information. With better knowledge of wine tasting and its vocabulary, comes highten appreciation and enjoyment. Tasting of 4 wines : 2 whites and 2 reds.
WORKSHOP 2 – Red grape varieties : characteristics of 10 red grape varieties
Tuesday November 7th 2017
Red grape varieties : characteristics of 10 red grape varieties : in this workshop we analyze the different characteristics and aging potential of ten (10) well known and reputed red varieties. Tasting of 4 red wines from different grape varieties. Example : cabernet sauvignon, syrah, sangiovese and pinot noir.
Workshop 3 – What’s new in the wine world
November 21 2017
In this workshop we cover the latest changes and novelties in the production of fine wine : natural wines, organic and bio-dynamic wines, orange wines and the latest techniques that influence the new styles of wine produced today. Discovering these new techniques will help you better understand the various taste profiles of whites, reds and rosés produced in this era. Tasting of 4 wines.
Workshop 4 – Understanding the «terroir» influence
December 5th 2017
In this workshop we explain the influence of «terroir» on wine. How does soil, climate and other characteristics of a precise environnement influence the grape, or blend of, that is grown in specific place called «terroir». Tasting of 4 wines made with the same grape or blend of grapes, from different locations (terroirs) will help you understand the «terroir» impact. Example : 4 pinot noir wines from Bourgogne, California, New-Zeland and Oregon.
Workshop 5 – Bordeaux and its reputed wines
December 12th 2017
Bordeaux and its reputed wines : come and discover the history, the classifications, the grape varieties and the highly reputed growths (crus) of the most influential wine region of the planet. To better understand Bordeaux a tasting of 3 typical reds of ascending quality levels will be served : Bordeaux Supérieur, sub-regional wine and a Cru Classé.
Course: Italy, l’Oenotria
November 29, December 6-13 2017
Come discover the number one wine producing country of the planet. We will cover history, grape varieties, reputed wines and appellations of the 20 fascinating wine regions of Italy. A tasing of three wines will be served every evening.