Discover French Reds (SOUTHAMPTON)

Discover French Reds (SOUTHAMPTON)

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wine tasting on Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and South-Western France. Time for some blockbuster reds!

Part One – Bordeaux & Burgundy
‘There are no other regions with such recognition in the world of wine’ - Cecile

Claret, traditional-British for Bordeaux, has been a firm favourite of ours for centuries. The quintessential classic reds from high-esteemed villages such as Margaux, Pauillac and St. Emilion are those that are layered, complex and destined to develop over decades before being enjoyed. We will explore why this is and focus on the key grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc to understand what makes good Bordeaux great. We will also study a truly formidable Burgundian Pinot Noir and discover why French wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux are so complex and intense.

Part Two – Rhone & South-Western France
‘The home of Syrah and Malbec – it's got to be worth it’ – Cecile

In the South of France lies the Rhone Valley, its myriad of canals and its abundance of vineyards. Here we find the blockbuster Syrah (Shiraz) and its’ multifaceted styles. In addition we find the spicy Grenache, and these two grapes together exist because of the hot climate down here, making more intense and full-bodied wines. We’ll explore classics such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueras and Hermitage and compare them to their inexpensive counterparts dotted around Mediterranean coast in Southern France.

We will also be tasting the world-famous Malbec grape (my favourite!) from Cahors, its place of birth before making it big in Argentina! 

Your wine tutor, Cecile, was born in the Champagne Region of France. She is a published Champagne and Wine Educator, a guest champagne expert for Champagne World Magazine and for Channel 4 'SuperScrimpers', a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Solent, as well as being an approved staff educator for Marks and Spencer.

All tastings include: minimum of 6 wines, PowerPoint presentation, full tasting notes, tasting sheet, use of ISO professional tastings glasses.

This tasting would make an original and interesting gift! You can purchase a place on any course as a Gift Voucher or you can buy an open Gift Voucher and let them choose an event at their leisure.  


PLEASE NOTE: We can confirm that we have complied with the government’s ‘COVID-19 Secure’ guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. Due to the constantly changing nature of this guidance and advice, our internal operating practices and protocols will be continuously reviewed and immediately updated. The information detailed here may therefore change without notice. The measures our venues are enforcing will make your experience with us as seamless as possible and will allow us to minimise numbers of people in the venue at any time. Therefore, we will be running at reduced capacity. Only 12 people will ever be allowed to join me at a tasting at St James' Tavern in Winchester, whereas our function room at the Mercure Dolphin Hotel in Southampton is significantly bigger and can accommodate 20 people whilst still enforcing social distancing restrictions.

The situation is fluid still and we are hoping to gradually build back up towards normal proceedings and we are appreciative of your continued patience and support.

Places remaining: 1

Course Date/Time: Fri 25th Sep 2020 at 7pm

Duration: 2 hours

Venue: Dolphin Hotel (Mercure) 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN

Event Price: £29.00







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