Artisanal French Wine: Is Small Beautiful or "Barnyard?": The North
This three-part series features the culture and lives of France's artisanal producers - vignerons - and how they transform their vines, their land and their labor into the flavor of wine. Bill Nesto, Master of Wine, sets the stage, illuminating regional history, vine varieties, vinification methods, appellation law, and small business issues. Nesto will lead tutored tastings during each of the three classes, and optional readings will prepare attendees to get the most out of this series.
Session 1- The North: Terroir, Champagne, Loire Valley, ALsace, Chablis (Assignment: The New France, pp. 6-81)
Session 2 - The Middle: Burgundy, Beaujolais, Jura, Savoie, Rhone Valley (Assignment: The New France, pp. 82-147)
Session 3 - The South: Provence, Bordeaux, Southwest France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Corsica (Assignment: The New France, pp. 148-245)
Optional Texts (must be purchased independently by students and are not included.): The New France: A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine, by Andrew Jeffrod and Jason Lowe
The Wild Bunch: Great Wines by Small Prducers by Patrick Matthews
Real Wine: The Rediscovery of Natural Winemaking by Patrick Matthews