Tour De France 4 - Provence & Rhône
Our final evening celebrating the Tour de France takes us East along the Mediterranean coast into Provence and the Rhône Valley.
Provence is associated with a type of wine that has become fashionable in recent years - rosé.
Rosé is traditionally made from black grapes and in the winery it is initially treated like a red wine before a change in method to that of a white wine. In this way the delicate colour and flavours are created without the tannins and deep colours that come with a red wine. In some ways its the best of both worlds; for red wine drinkers that want something a lighter in the summer, or for white wine drinkers who want to take "baby steps" towards red wine. Of course many people simply like rosé for what it is.
Provencal rosé is bone dry and a world away from "White Zinfandel" sweet rosé; this is proper rosé!
We then pop over into the adjacent Rhône valley and sample another rosé of a very different style from Tavel, an unusual appellation that only makes rosé wines. However these are much deeper in colour and flavour with much more body and alcohol; a "red wine drinkers" rosé!
Whilst in the Rhône we will sample a white wine made from the local grape varieties such as Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
Crossing back into Provence we sample a wine from little known Bandol. Right on the Mediterranean coast, it's claim to fame is the wine is made from 100% Mourvèdre grapes. This variety is almost always blended, and Bandol is just about the only place where the weather is hot enough to guarantee that this heat-loving variety will ripen, producing a full-bodied wine of immense flavour.
Finally, it's back to the Rhône again to sample wines for which the area is justly famous. Starting in the Northern Rhône we sample a wine made from Syrah such as St Joseph or Crozes Hermitage. Here the Syrah grape expresses itself with some of the same black fruit and power as is it does in Australia (where it is known as Shiraz) but with a little more finesse and elegance. Then, to conclude our four week celebration of the Tour de France, what better way to end than with a big powerful red wine from the Southern Rhône where the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre varieties (GSM to wine buffs) produce outstanding wines of depth and power.
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.
This event can be booked separately or as part of the four week course which saves £25!
Places remaining: 10
Course Date/Time: Wed 5th Jun 2019 at 7.00-9.00pm
Duration: 2 Hours
Venue: The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury