Wine Tasting - New Releases of Languedoc Reds from France|
DECEMBER 1ST 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Languedoc Reds from France, for inclusion on our list. Languedoc-Roussillon covers the area on the border of the Mediterranean sea between the west of the Rhone and Camargue to the border of Spain and the Pyrenees mountains. The vineyards of this sunny region are one of the largest expanses of vine growing region in the world. The history of Languedoc wines can be traced to the first vineyards planted along the coast near Narbonne by the early Greeks. Along with parts of Provence, these are the oldest planted vineyards in France. Wine has been made in this region for at least 2,600 years, ever since the ancient Greeks founded the city of Marseille in 600 BC. Throughout the region's history, viticulture and winemaking have been influenced by the cultures that have been present in Provence and the Languedoc, which include the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Gauls, Catalans and Savoyards. These diverse groups introduced a large variety of grapes to the region, including grape varieties of Greek and Roman origin as well as Spanish, Italian and traditional French wine grapes.The region of Languedoc has belonged to France since the thirteenth century and the Roussillon was acquired from Spain in the mid-seventeenth century. The two regions were joined as one administrative region in the late 1980s. The Languedoc-Roussillon is the world's largest wine-producing region. Languedoc's wine production exceeds that of Bordeaux, of Australia, and that of South Africa and Chile combined Languedoc-Roussillon's wine represents a third of the volume of all French output (in 2006, the region produced 15,750,000 hectolitres of wine, which accounted for 34 per cent of total French output). Today, Languedoc-Roussillon's wine production is all about quality rather than quantity: in just under 20 years, Languedoc has actively reduced its production from an annual average of 29 million hectolitres to 16 million. There are some thirty appellations and crus included within the Languedoc-Roussillon region, with roughly 2,800 producers in Languedoc-Roussillon; between them, they make around two billion bottles of wine a year. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
Chateau de Paraza, "Cuvee Speciale", Minervois 2008
Chateau Maris, "La Touge", Minervois La Liviniere 2009
Chateau de Lascaux, Coteaux du Languedoc 2010
Natural Selection, "Biodynamic Syrah", Minervois La Liviniere 2009
Domaine Bila-Hart, "Occultum Lapidem", Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2008
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.
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