A Wine Tour de France

by Jeff Harding
January 2012

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), in collaboration with AOC Fine Wines, is presenting a new season of its wine tasting series, "A Wine Tour de France." For 2012, FIAF has re-imagined the popular series as an opportunity for wine lovers of all levels to enhance their palates, beginning with a focus on France’s classic wine regions, and then exploring current trends for curious wine enthusiasts. Led by some of New York’s most influential sommeliers, each tasting will feature six wines carefully selected by AOC Fine Wines, a network of wine boutiques specializing in high-quality, artisanal, and organic wines.

The series begins with "Classic French Wines," a journey through France’s key terroirs: Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, and Bordeaux. Exploring well-known appellations and rare producers, each tasting will offer an overview of the region’s unique crus, while highlighting a specific skill in connoisseurship, including tasting, serving, pairing, and understanding classification and labels. The second part of the series, "Beyond the Bottle," offers practical knowledge on recent developments in wine appreciation. Topics include building a personal wine portfolio; understanding the distinctions between organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines; and savoring Champagne and its sparkling alternatives.


Burgundy–Monday, January 30 at 7pm
With John  Ragan, Wine Director for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group

Rhône Valley–Monday, March 5 at 7pm
With Joe Campanale, Beverage Director/Partner at dell’anima, L’Artusi, and Anfora

Bordeaux–Monday, March 19 at 7pm
With Levi Dalton, Sommelier at Boulud Sud

Buyers & Cellars: Starting your Personal Collection–Monday, April 9 at 7pm
With Hristo Zisovski, Beverage Director at Ai Fiori

Green Terroirs: The Organic Debate–Monday, April 30 at 7pm
With Pascaline Lepeltier, Wine Director at Rouge Tomate

Battle of the Bubbles: Champagne vs Sparkling–Monday, June 4 at 7pm
With Alex LaPratt, Head Sommelier at DB Bistro Moderne

Special Wine & Chocolate Tasting–Monday, May 21 at 7pm at Bistro Benoit
With André Compeyre, Chef Sommelier at Bistro Benoit

About FIAF

FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. For more information contact FIAF