Beginning February through June 2012, Citronelle will offer a monthly series of wine classes designed to educate, as well as, entertain both the seasoned wine guru and the budding wine enthusiast. With his collection of over 8,000 wines in his cellar, Sommelier and French native, Laurent Lala, has one of the most extensive liquid libraries in the Metropolitan region.
$100 per class
$180 for any two class combination
$270 for any three class combination
$360 for any four class combination
$450 for all five classes
1. Up the Rhône Valley Saturday, February 25th 1-3PM
This class will celebrate the rich selection of Rhône varietals- from the very famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the south, to the prestigious Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage in the north, and lots of Côtes-du-Rhône. Wines have been produced in the Rhône since Roman times, and over the centuries they have been the favorite wines of kings, popes (at least when living in Avignon) and wine critics to this day!
2. 2012, Year of Elections: Left vs Right in Bordeaux Saturday, March 24th 1-3PM
Being the largest fine wine region in the world, and having no fewer than 57 appellations to speak of, there is still confusion over Left Bank and Right Bank. With loads of history, intrigue, and hype, Bordeaux can be a little bit intimidating to the everyday wine drinker... so let's not be shy!
3. The Pinot Noir Versatility Saturday, April 21th 1-3PM
Wonder why the same grape, Pinot Noir, tastes so different in wines from California compared to those from Oregon or one of the many distinct districts of Burgundy? The holy grail of wine grapes, Pinot Noir has a finicky nature and chameleon-like tendencies in the vineyard, making it one of the least consistent grapes to grow. Winemakers around the world, drawn to the stunning potential of this elusive wine, have attempted to emulate the great red wines of Burgundy in their own regions.
4. The Art of Blending Saturday, May 12th 1-3PM
Some of the world's most prized and sought-after wines are blends; Chateauneuf du Pape winemakers will use up to 13 varietals, while Bordeaux has a classic 5. Like a conductor in an orchestra, it takes great expertise and life-long experience to excel in the Art of Blending, but this class will give you a crash course on how it’s done.
5. Bubbles Saturday, June 16th 1-3PM
Taste through a delightful array of sparkling wines as we set sail on a world-wide tour. You’ll be treated to information about the classic varietals used in sparkling wine, how to serve it, and other basics of bubbles.