The Southern Rhône Wine Discovery Tasting offers you the opportunity to discover and appreciate the wine culture of the region and the diversity of its wines without leaving your residence in Provence. The evening tasting appeals to groups where any or all of the following circumstances are applicable:
A wine tour is difficult to fit into a sufficiently busy holiday itinerary;
Some members of a holidaying group are more interested than others in the regions‘ wines;
The holiday residence is just so magical that you do not want to leave it!
The Southern Rhône Wine Discovery is a tasting of eight selected wines from leading producers across the Southern Rhône appellation.
French wine production is focussed on the vineyard and what the terroir (growing conditions) brings to the wine, in particular the diversity of wine styles as each grower seeks to express their terroir in their wine. I contrast this approach to the more cellar-led approach prevalent in other regions where the winemaker is the star. In France, we talk more about “growing” wines and embracing the diversity that this brings, as opposed to “making” them in the cellar.
As we taste the wines I explain:
Local wine-growing culture – in particular the notion of “terroir”;
Rhône appellation: why and how the quality hierarchy is set up, and how this is reflected in the labelling of the wines;
Tasting characteristics of the numerous Rhône grape varieties;
Ageing potential of the wines;
Varying influences of the terroir and cellar methods on the wines that we taste;
Food and wine pairing – I supply a small selection of cheese to help us understand how the complexities and flavours of terroir wines can be enhanced and better appreciated with food.
I usually commence the tasting between 6pm and 6.30pm and finish between 8pm and 8.30pm.
The Southern Rhône Wine Discovery makes for a highly enjoyable and informative, extended aperitif before dinner. All the opened bottles are left with you to enjoy with your dinner(s).
Group Price range for up to 14 persons:
Between 300 euros and 400 euros, depending on travelling distance to your residence.
I supply the wines, tasting glasses, three or four cheeses and wine information sheets. All the unfinished wine is left with you to enjoy during the remainder of your stay.
To Book this Tasting or request further information: Please Contact Me
Between 6pm and 6.30pm and finishing between 8pm and 8.30pm.
Any Prior Wine Knowledge Required?
The tasting caters for all wine-drinkers, from those you know very little about wine, to enthusiasts seeking to broaden their understanding.