Tour de France: Understanding French Wine (Class @ Cobble)

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Tour de France: Understanding French Wine (Class @ Cobble)

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm or text +1-617-784-7150 anytime


France is home to some of the planet’s most famous wines, and we could easily do a 52-week class and just scratch the surface. This 2-hour overview class will take you on a tour of the most famous French grapes and regions. A little geography makes it easy to understand what people mean when they talk about Burgundy versus Bordeaux. Grapes matter too, and you’ll taste the major French wine grapes that today are profoundly important all over the world. Most importantly, this class is an opportunity to learn about yourself and to discover your own personal tastes and your favorite French wines.

We always have bread, olives, and antipasto with class, and naturally some French cheeses too as we explore wine and food pairing fundamentals.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND This is a Level 1 introductory course for beginners and enthusiasts. It assumes some exposure to wine but little or no formal wine knowledge. This program is appropriate for both consumers and professionals in all wine, food, hospitality and service industries. This class is a great confidence builder for people who want to understand France specifically and “old world” wines in general.

PLEASE NOTE Wine & food menus are subject to change based on availability, inspiration, and whimsy!

WINE MENU (tentative) Blanquette de Limoux (southern French sparkler) | Sancerre (Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc) | Mâcon-Villages (Burgundy Chardonnay) | Laforêt Rouge (Burgundy Pinot Noir) | Côtes-du-Rhône (Southern French Grenache / Syrah / Mourvedre blend) | Médoc Rouge (Bordeaux Cabernet + Merlot blend)

ABOUT BOSTON WINE SCHOOL BWS is a 100% snob free zone where people come to learn how to taste, think, and talk about wine. And food. And history, geology, geography, you name it – all the ways people understand and engage with wine. We know how to make wine class a delightful workshop where you put what you learn about yourself and technical wine tasting into direct expression. Classes are small – usually 12 max – and our signature teaching style is interactive, technically informative, and deeply engaging. We teach and learn about wine by tasting wine, and equally important, our students learn about themselves and each other.

ABOUT COBBLE Hidden away on the second floor of the Coolidge Corner Arcade, Cobble is an unpretentious dinner destination with a casual dinner party vibe. With inspiration drawn from the pleasure of enjoying a meal without the burden of making a single choice, chef/owner Emily Vena personally cooks and serves her style of vegetable-forward, noncommittal Italian cuisine that celebrates seasonal ingredients. Simply bring-your-own favorite beer, wine, or spirits to enjoy and we’ll take care of the rest.

ABOUT JONATHON ALSOP Jonathon is founder & executive director of the Boston Wine School, author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional and In Vino Veritas, and a commentator for National Public Radio. His new book Wine Life: A Collection Of Verses will be published in 2022. Jonathon began writing about wine, food and travel in 1988 and has written many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer Magazine, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others. Jonathon is a contributing journalist and commentator on a variety of wine topics as a monthly guest on NPR: WGBH/Boston Public Radio, Under The Radar With Callie Crossley, and Boston Sunday Review. Quarry Books published Jonathon’s first book, The Wine Lover’s Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice & Lore for the Ardent Aficionado, in 2011, now available in Japanese and Chinese.


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