Last Wednesday I wrote a rather depressing post about not feeling so great about my success at the moment. Well, I am happy to report that by Friday things had turned around a bit. I had two tasting in one day and a handful of email requests!!!!!
I welcomed my first group to a bubbles tasting- three guys super interested in wine and more specifically the sparkling wines of the Rhone Alps region.
We drank together a Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Demi-Sec, a Crémant de Bourgogne Brut, and a Clairette de Die. I was somewhat nervous at the beginning because Clairette de Die is not a part of my daily drinking spectrum. But in the end it was the favorite in the group. Surprising was how the sparkling wines changed with food. The group had an overwhelming dislike for the Crémant de Bourgogne Brut, but when we added cheese to it and retasted… wow. It is so fun to watch how perceptions of wine and the taste of wine can change so drastically with food.
Later that evening I welcomed two more people to a What the French Tasting
We went to Alsace and the Loire Valley for our whites and then to Bourgogne, Northern Rhone and Bordeaux for the red. This tastings is always fun in terms of the broad spectrum of wines used, but to explain all the regions of France and how they operate… it is sometimes a daunting task and I can watch peoples brain turn to mush before my eyes. I had a small amount of fear when I started talking to these two- hoping that their confusion would be settled in the end I served some larger tastes than maybe I normally would have- for educational reasons of course! Good thing too, because at the end of two hours we had not only gone through the five regions and the french system, but we sent one of them home with a homework assignment and a blind tasting list.
I really love teaching people about French wines. It gives me a natural high. These two tastings were completely different- the people, the wine, the conversation. Sometimes the people coming to taste with me are new to wine, or returning to wine. Others are so passionate about wine even I get intimidated. But that is the beauty of it. Like the terroir changes the wine ever so slightly sometimes, the people and where they come from can also change the way the wine is perceived… sometimes it changes how even I perceive the wine. An amazing way to end my rather down week. I look forward to this week and where the wine will take me!
Here is the new tasting room! Just missing the maps, but I love it!