On Wednesdays this month, the Four Seasons offers you a way to relax over some amazing wines. Wine Wednesdays, which began two weeks ago, allows a small group of participants to taste unique wines from all over the world.
Sommelier AJ Puccia leads you through this tasting, which focuses on a different topic each week. Last week featured “Beyond Bordeaux,” and guests were able to taste several variations of Bordeaux. While Puccia educates you about what you are drinking, you get to nosh on a beautiful plate of worldly cheese, fruit and grilled breads (worth the $15 cost of the tasting in and of itself!).
Puccia said he likes to decide on the focus of the week by how the day feels and any special requests from guests planning to attend. Last week, we tasted a more obscure bottle he was excited about (Chateau Duhart-Milon) and compared it with an American Bordeaux blend that was completely different (Chappellet Cervantes Mountain Cuvee). He offered up several other tastes to complete the education.
All left with more of a knowledge and understanding of Bordeaux and a sense of what you like – a more classic French variety or an American blend (my personal preference).
The wine tastings start at 5 p.m. and last around an hour. Today’s discussion will focus on a brief history of the Southern Rhone (Avignon Popes, unique soils, diverse grape varietals and AOC laws) along with tasting wines from the first AOC in history, Chateauneuf du Pape, and the AOC that have sprung up around this iconic zone, Gigondas. Winemaking techniques and a brief discussion of the history of the AOC system will also be covered.
Reservations recommended, call 307 732 5620 to book.