AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BASICS



of wine tasting via estate-bottled French wines. We break the class into two parts. The first part begins with a general overview of the geography of French wine regions and their principle grape varietals. A particular focus is lent to how wines are classified in France.

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The first part


begins with a general overview of the geography of French wine regions and their principle grape varietals. A particular focus is lent to how wines are classified in France. By discussing the French ‘appelation’ system, we help decipher typical French wine labels. This part of the class develops an understanding of key regions and grape types, but also demonstrates the idea that French wines are defined primarily by the location of the vineyard where they’re grown.

The second part


of the class concerns how to taste and appreciate French wines. The aim here is to perceive and appreciate various wine styles and to trace these styles back to the places and people who make the wines. The tasting familiarizes students to the essential building blocks of wine: acidity and sweetness, tannins and alcohol, aromatics and flavors. It’s one thing to taste a wine , and another to manage talking about it! So one key aspect of the second part of the class is providing some common words and language used when tasting wines.

Juan Sanchez


is a Cuban American who arrived in Paris in 1989 to study French and persue his passion for cooking. In 1993 he attended Ferrandi, the prestigious cooking school. After opening his wine shop La Derniére Goutte in 1996 he went on to open the restaurants Fish La Boissonnerie (1999), Semilla (2012) and Freddys (2015) all in the Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood. Throughout this unique career, he has defined a particular tasting style while developing close relationships with wine makers.He has championed small growers with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic farming.

Paul Lewakowski


is an American winemaker living in France. He developed his passion for wine while living in the Rhône Valley. Throughout his training, he worked with Domaine du Tunnel (Saint-Péray), Domaine de la Tour Vieille (Collioure), Domaine Ostertag (Alsace), and Domaine Gonon (Saint-Joseph). In 2010, Paul moved to Burgundy to take a degree in viticulture and oenology. During these studies in Beaune, he worked as assistant to Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault. Following up on his time in Burgundy, he moved to Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace, where he managed the prestigious 5.5 hectare Grand Cru Rangen de Thann. Paul currently lives in the Jura, where he works in the vines at Domaine Labet. His experiences across numerous French wine regions lend a perspective on how genuinely natural wines are made, via bio-dynamic viticulture methods and low-intervention winemaking techniques.
 

Our goal in the introductory class


is to demystify the world of French wines and to help students better appreciate and talk about a variety of wine styles. The class is suited for wine enthusiasts with some tasting experience but is particularly adapted to beginners.

ELEMENT CLASS

wine class time

2 HOURS

(or more)
wine tasting

7 WINES

(or more)
Wine tasting in English Paris

PARIS 6e

at the shop
ico-bill

55 €

/ participant

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