Tour De France

Tour De France

The Tour De France cycle race takes place every July with hundreds of cyclist’s criss-crossing the country. Many of the areas traversed are of course famous wine-producing regions. 

The 2019 race covers some particularly fine areas – Champagne, Burgundy, the South West, Languedoc & Provence

Our 4-week Tour De France course includes all these areas and one or two more!

The course runs for 4 consecutive weekday evenings. No previous experience is necessary and the emphasis is upon learning by tasting different varieties of wine.

What will you get from this course?

  • You will taste 24 wines from some of the best wine producing areas of France. including Champagne.
  • You will gain a good understanding of many of France's major wine regions and the wine styles they produce
  • You will be able to spit, swirl and sniff like a professional, be able to assess a wine and identify faults
  • You will have a basic understanding of how wine is made, the importance of soils & climate and the influence of the winemaker on wine styles
  • The confidence to try lots of new food and wine matches at home
  • You will feel much more comfortable choosing wine and know where to go to find good value wines
  • A whole new wine vocabulary, plus some new friends!

Course Fees:

To help spread the cost of the course there is a £75 course fee payable upon booking plus an additional £10 in cash to be paid each evening to cover the cost of wines, water biscuits and other course support materials. This represents excellent value for money, just £28.75 per session, a saving of £25.00 compared to booking the individual tastings separately

What if can’t make one of the evenings?

Not a problem. You can either send a substitute, pick up the missed session on the next 4 or 8 week course, or obtain a credit voucher valid for other Shropshire Wine School courses and tastings. Courses run throughout the year.

Course Programme and Dates:

Tastings run on 4 evenings. They start at 7pm and last for approximately 2 hours, ending at 9pm

  • 31st May: Stage One.  The race starts in Brussels, and whilst Belgium DOES produce some wine, it’s not readily available, so we side-step to the East and include 3 of the excellent wines from Alsace including a Gewurtztraminer and Riesling. The race visits both Reims and Epernay, the very centre of the Champagne world, and we pay full respect to this by tasting three Champagne’s.
  • 7th June: Stage Two.  The race moves south into Burgundy and Beaujolais. We will explore both of these regions in detail with 2 red and 2 white Burgundy wines together with 2 Beaujolais wines.
  • 14th June:  Stage Three.  The race moves to the South West of France and we will taste wines from this area including a sparkling wine from Limoux, big red wines from Cahors and Madiran, and sweet white wine from Pacherenc. Then we pop into the Languedoc and enjoy a white wine from Picpoul de Pinet and a traditional red wine made from local grape varieties.
  • 28th June: Stage Four.  The race moves into Provence and we introduce the wines of this region with a traditional Rosé wine. We also sample a wine from Bandol, unusual in that it is made from 100% Mourvèdre grapes. Finally, we visit the Rhône valley where we will sample red and white wines from both the North and South of this famous wine region.

 Professional ISO tasting glasses, tasting sheets, course support materials, water biscuits and table water are provided at every session

This course is held at the Lion Hotel a wonderful former coaching house located in the centre of Shrewsbury.

Places remaining: 12

Course Date/Time: Fri 31st May 2019 at 7.00-9.00pm

Duration: 2 Hours

Venue: The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury

Event Price: £75.00

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