Wines of the Southern Rhône Valley - Online

Wines of the Southern Rhône Valley - Online

A new era is dawning for everyone involved in classrooms and events. Using modern technology, we can enjoy learning about our favourite wines (and gin) from the comfort and safety of our own homes. This has the added advantage that nobody needs to be the “designated driver”. Using Zoom video conferencing is just like being in the room with Gary, who will, as ever educate, inform and entertain you for about an hour.

All sessions will be recorded and if you can't attend at the last minute just let us know so you can go through the event at your convenience later.

Why not invite your friends to make it a truly social experience?

All YOU have to do is purchase a ticket from the Shropshire Wine School website by clicking the "BOOK" button below, as you would normally. A ticket entitles ALL members of your household to join in. There is no need to buy one ticket per person. Once your ticket purchased, you will receive a confirmation email with your ZOOM web link and password 2 days before the event itself.

Tonight, we look at two wines from the Southern Rhône valley, both based primarily on the grenache grape variety.  The default appellation for this region is Côtes du Rhône which covers a huge range of wine styles from simple and fruity to really quite serious and complex.  However, we eschew that appellation tonight as we compare the oldest of French wine appellations – Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC with an up and coming area just outside the generic Cotes du Rhone, where so often better value is to be found – Costières de Nîmes AC.

Costières de Nîmes is starting to establish itself as a source of fresh, fruity red wine with an increasingly quality level, and still excellent value for money.  By contrast, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, being the oldest, and one of the largest appellations in France is a difficult area to buy reliably from.  At its best it can be superb but is often disappointing (especially given the price).  The secret is to buy based on the name of the producer, and none is more well respected than the Perrin family, responsible for Château Beaucastle, perhaps the greatest of all the wines in this appellation.

Which will you prefer, the weight and power from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with its premium price tag, or the fresh, fruity charm of the Costières de Nîmes?

For this tasting you will need to pop out and buy (or buy online) two wines to compare. The two I will be uncorking are:

  • Esprit des Trois Pierres Costières de Nîmes AC 2018 (available from Waitrose)
  • Perrin & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC 2016 (available from Sainsburys)

However, as usual just try to obtain similar wines if you can’t find an exact match

This event is part of our short 3-week tour of regional France.  Why not book all three weeks together and save £10?  Full details available here. 

For the ultimate value, add on our two-week Cheese and Wine matching for just another £15, making £50 in total.  A bargain at £10 per week.

Places remaining: 13

Course Date/Time: Wed 8th Jul 2020 at 7.30pm

Duration: 1 Hour

Venue: Online - Zoom (Link Sent By Email)

Event Price: £15.00







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