It began with a concept, a sort of wine-and-cuisine-as-community on a Vaucluse-scale togetherness: bring together high-energy talents whose services and products may enhance the sojourns of clients of hotel/gites/chambre d’hote owners as well as those who live in the region over the summer.
Organized and hosted by the Auberge du Vin, a wine school and bed & breakfast in Mazan, 16 miles northeast of Avignon with a splendid view of Mont Ventoux across an ocean of vineyards, the “Portes Ouvertes” will be held Wednesday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The line-up:
Madeleine Montabert, Chef
Pascal Poulain, Chef
Mike Rijken, Wine Safari Tours
Alain Lesomptier, Ventoux Découvertes
Joanna King, Winemaker, Chateau Unang,
Marie-Agnès Jacquet, Mosaic Academy
Host Linda Field, Wine Instructor, Auberge du Vin
Glasses of sparkling wine, amuse-gueules and wine tastings will accompany the discussions. See below for contact details.
– Half-Day Primer on Rhône Valley Wines –
Start off a visit to the Vaucluse by jumpstarting your knowledge of Rhône wines with a well-structured half-day course at the Auberge du Vin. The experience will focus your palate and enlarge your knowledge of various wine grape varieties and wine styles, as well as give you guidance on stocking your gite with quality local wines.
An exercise in concentrating your “wine-mind,” the primer is held in a dedicated-classroom with views of vineyards and the majestic Mont Ventoux. Couches and a tasting bar make for a convivial atmosphere.
Each session covers an overview of Rhône Valley grape varieties and styles, professional skills of analyzing wine and pairing it with appropriate foods; tasting, assessing and discussing at least 6 different Rhône Valley wines.
The Rhône Valley wine primers are scheduled any morning of the week for a minimum of two at 45€ per person, and 40€ per person for groups of 3-8 (wine and amuse-bouches included).
The Auberge du Vin is the home of Linda Field and Christopher Hunt, who welcome guests year round for wine holidays and wine courses within a converted French farmhouse and a cottage for lodging guests. The Auberge du Vin offers WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) multi-level qualifications. See www.wsetglobal.com. The WSET qualifications are recognized throughout the world. Linda, a WSET-qualified wine teacher, has taught wine courses and judged wine competitions in London.
Auberge du Vin, 384 Chemin de la Peryrière, 84380, Mazan, Tel: 04-90-61-62-84, Email: email@example.com, Website
Directions: Located approximately 30 minutes’ drive northeast of Avignon off of Route D942 that runs between Carpentras and Mazan. Turn north – check for signage; consult map on website.