France vs USA – A Three Session Compare & Contrast Adventure

February 16, 2018 (Fri)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Meritage Wine Market
162 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, A10
Encinitas, California 92024

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Cost: $49

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Wine     Tasting (sit down)     Light Appetizers      Educational    

In this series you will be introduced to three key winegrowing areas of France: Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. We will explore France’s most noted appellations and the distinctive red wines they produce, and compare and contrast them with the USA’s three key wine regions: California, Oregon and Washington. You will gain a better understanding of why the same grape variety, grown in multiple regions, will have similar characteristics yet achieve its own unique “personality” in the finished wine and determine if “terroir” plays a significant role.

By the end of these sessions you’ll be able to match well-known appellations/AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas) with the regions in which they are located and their principal grapes and wine styles. This will enable you to examine a bottle of table wine and identify:
• The region where it was produced
• The type(s) of grapes it contains
• How it’s likely to taste

In each seminar, six wines will be enjoyed with a variety of cheeses and charcuterie selected to enhance the experience.

Friday, February 16, 6:30-8:00 - Seminar 1: France (Bordeaux) vs USA (California, Washington)
Key Grapes/Blends: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & “Bordeaux” Blends

Friday, March 2, 6:30-8:00 - Seminar 2: France (Burgundy) vs USA (California, Oregon)
Key Grape: Pinot Noir

Friday, March 23, 6:30-8:00 - Seminar 3: France (Rhone Valley) vs USA (California)
Key Grapes/Blends: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre & “Rhône” Blends

Price: $49/seminar

Information & Registration
Class size is limited to 12 guests. Kindly arrive 5 - 10 minutes early as the session starts promptly. If you are sensitive to cool temperatures, bring a light sweater as the room is set to 70°F. There is ample parking in the RSF Plaza Shopping Center where Meritage is located.

Reservations must be made with a credit card and will be charged at the time of RSVP. Contact Meritage Wine Market at or (760) 479-2500.

NO REFUNDS or CREDITS will be issued due to the limited seating and special nature of the event. The same policy applies if purchased as a gift. Thank you for your understanding.

Bring your desire to learn, enthusiasm for tasting, and prepare to have a fantastic experience!

Cheers, Salud, Santé, Cin Cin - ‘M’

‘M’ Wine Education & Consulting
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