Christmas week in Paris. What to do, where to go, what to eat and drink? Who better to ask than David Lebovitz? Checking our his blog, I noticed some Paris wine tastings that might interest our friend, Mr budding sommelier, Neil.
Off to the Ô Chateau website I headed and found the perfect gift for Neil that our good friend Alicia (also in Paris as the same time as us) and I could also participate in: a Paris wine and cheese lunch! Heck – we might even learn something!
Strangely jetlagged, we woke up at 9.45am but by 11.45 we were at Les Caves du Paradis, an “authentic wine cellar under Paris.”
Described on our menu as “loving bubbles stroking your palate – use with care,” champagne is said to have been discovered by Dom Perignon in Languedoc in the late 17th Century. On tasting it for the first time, he is said to have proclaimed “I am tasting the stars!”.
Next, a Cote Chalonnaise, Domaine Venot 2007.
Onto the reds. A Fronton Château Coutinel 2004:
We all enjoyed this 2 hour session very much. Lionel was very knowledgeable but made the information very accessible for those of us who aren’t the wine experts.
We left with warm, full bellies and a “cheat sheet” all about wine so that at our next dinner party, we can sound more knowledgeable than we really are (well, than I really am – Neil doesn’t need the cheat sheet). Excellent value for money! Totally recommended for the wine aficionado and the novice wine lover.
If you live in Europe or might be there in the near future, you can actually bid on some Ô Chateau wine tasting sessions in this year’s Menu for Hope, including the very same tasting as we participated in!
(the following information copied from David Lebovitz’s site)
“Tour de France” of Wine
During this Tour de France tasting, a multilingual sommelier will take you and a guest through the tastings of 6 French wines, coming from 6 different regions of France. This fascinating two-hour group presentation will help you learn more about how to read a French label, what terroirs and appellations truly are, and how to navigate a wine list.
Bid item code (Tour de France): EU02
Wine and Cheese Lunch
During this Wine & Cheese Lunch, an Ô-Chateau sommelier will take you and a guest through the tastings of 5 French wines and a selection of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. During this group presentation, you will learn more about the wines and cheeses of France, along with tips about food, cheese, and wine pairings. General information about French wine will also be given and all questions answered
Bid item code (Wine & Cheese Lunch): EU03
Check out the full list of items here.