French wine isn't always about big Bordeaux, crisp Chablis and pretty Provence - winemakers across the country are playing fast and loose with wild techniques and wonderful grapes. White wine made in a cidre press? Yep. Skin contact from the Loire? You betcha. Fizzy pineau d'aunis? A game changer. They've successfully put gamay back in our glasses; proven time and time again that chenin blanc looks good in orange; plus shown that rose can be so much more than a pale pink brunch accompaniment.
The French are very good at making the rules, but they are equally good at breaking them. That signature joie de vivre and a twinkle in their eye translates straight into the glass. While you might have already heard Isabelle wax lyrical about the glories of all things French, especially Champagne and chardonnay - the obsession doesn't end there. Having fallen hard for wine during a year-long stint in France, for every afternoon she spent sipping Pouilly Fumé at Cafe de Flore, watching the world go by, there were evenings of cheeseburgers, pet nats and dancing on tables. This tasting is a deep dive into the joy of breaking the rules, and risking everything for taste.
From the new guard in Jura, up-and-coming boundary pushers in Beaujolais, to peculiar pineau and other difficult to pronounce grape varieties. Join P&V's Isabelle (ex Acme and L&Ps), a fully fledged Francophile and obsessive white wine drinker, for a joyful evening of talking and tasting through a genial line-up of fun, fresh, funky and ferocious French wines. With the likes of Phoenix and Lou Doillon playing softly in the background.
Date: Tuesday 13 July
Place: P&V Paddington, 268 Oxford Street, Paddington
Light Snacks provided
Cancellations less than 48hours before the event will not be refunded, but returned as store credit.
Cancellations for groups of 4 or more seats affect the feasibility of the class and will be handled on an individual basis.
We know things happen and people get sick/things come up/life gets in the way, so, if you can't make it please reach out ASAP! Whether it’s to gift the ticket to a pal or change the name on the booking, we’re here to help.