The French Wine Professional
The Pays des Vins
No country is more closely associated with wine than France - it is the land of Champagne, of Burgundy and Bordeaux and so much more. No other country has as many regions that can be considered an entire category of wine. And yet, France can be baffling precisely because it is so rich in wine. From dry wines to sweet, quaffing wines to fortified wines and what many consider the greatest white wines in the world (Bonjour Montrachet!), the greatest rosés (Bienvenue à Provence!) and the archetypal examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir and Syrah among others, France has it all.
Coming to Grips with French Wine
How best to come to a rapprochement with all this vinous diversity? Become a French Wine Professional.
Fine Vintage, Ltd. has crafted an exceptional course that, over two days in the classroom and through tasting nearly 40 wines from across France, will lead you to hone your knowledge of the styles of wine that are at the heart of the French wine experience.
On the first day, we take a 20-wine journey across Northern France, starting in Champagne, working our way through Alsace and the Loire, then on to greater Burgundy including Chablis and Beaujolais. On the second day, we taste another group of iconic wines, comparing the Bordeaux communes of the Médoc and the Right Bank communes of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion before following the sun down the Rhône River. We vinously sail from Cornas, Condrieu and Hermitage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and from Provence to the Languedoc, where we also spend some time with Vins Doux Naturels.
I take great care to select exemplary wines to showcase the important elements of each of the French wine regions we study - you are in for an exceptional series of tastings (in other words, keep an eye out for the Grand Crus)!
We certify your expertise
At the end of the two days of study (our classroom is fittingly the barrel room of City Winery in many cities) there is an exam to confirm your expertise. Successfully passing the exam earns you the certification of French Wine Professional. And best of all you have the satisfaction of possibly discovering several wines you had not known before. You can view (and download) the full course outline here (this includes the timing in Chicago where our classes begin at 9:00am - we start at 9:30 in most other cities).
Dates and locations:
I’ll next be offering the French Wine Professional course in Chicago the weekend of August 24, 2019. Make sure to register early to be assured of having a place in this exciting course.