Sunday, February 10, 2013
Let's be honest, Burgundy is not an easy region to understand. Too often I see my customer's eyes glaze over while they're trying to select a wine from there. And, if it makes you feel any better, many folks who work in the wine trade arenít any more enlightened about these wines. That is why an organization of the French government (SOPEXA) asked me to create a class designed to educate the wine trade on these great wines. This class is the result and I have been using it to de-mystify the wines of Burgundy for both consumers and the wine trade for over 20 years.
Burgundy, one of the greatest wine regions on the planet, is too complicated to take on all at once so in each class I will cover just one of its major districts. I will explain the history of the place and the appellation system that governs it so it will all make sense. And, of course, we will drink some of the best wines Burgundy has to offer.
This third class in our Wines of Burgundy series covers the red wines made around the region of Cotes de Beaune, which are among my favorites. No prior knowledge of the region or of wines at all is necessary. - Richard Kinssies, Instructor