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Opening a Bottle will be hosting a monthly virtual wine tasting via Zoom. The cost will be $45 per class, plus the cost of wine. For each class, a wine list will be provided that you are responsible for purchasing in advance of the class start date.

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White Wines from the Garden of France: A Virtual Tasting of the Loire

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST

Learn about and taste the white wines of the Loire Valley, often called the Garden of France, with wine writer and photographer Kevin Day.

The Loire River Valley encompasses an enormous area of land in France, offering wine lovers a diversity of tastes — from the round and easy-to-please Muscadet wines near the Atlantic to the crisp and minerally Sauvignon Blanc of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé near Burgundy.

In this virtual tasting, I’ll be leading guests on an exploration of the distinctive white wines that can only come from the Loire. Guests will log-in to Zoom and view a highly visual presentation on the Loire complete with rich photography, detailed maps and information to help you be a more informed drinker of these fantastic white wines. We will explore and discuss the culture, winemaking technique, terroir and — of course — the wines of three distinct regions. We will plan to taste:

  • 1 Muscadet from Muscadet OR Muscadet Sevrè et Maine
  • 1 Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre OR Pouilly-Fumé
  • 1 dry Chenin Blanc from Savennières, Anjou Blanc, Saumur Blanc, Touraine Blanc, Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire OR Jasnières

Guests looking to taste virtually with me will be responsible for buying their own wines, but all registrants will immediately receive an email with a Buyer’s Guide to Loire Valley White Wines to help guide them through their options. I will also make myself available for private consultation on these purchases.

Plan on a budget of $55-$175 for the three wines.

Note: One ticket is good for a single log-in (so no need to buy two tickets if you are a couple). Multiple parties are expected to buy a ticket per party calling in. We will start promptly at 8pm Eastern (USA time).

About Your Instructor

Kevin Day is a wine writer and photographer and the founder of the wine magazine, Opening a Bottle. He is both an Italian Wine Scholar™ with Highest Honors as well as a French Wine Scholar™ with Highest Honors, as certified by the Wine Scholar Guild — of which, he is a member.

In 2019, Kevin was shortlisted as the “Emerging Wine Writer of the Year” by the Louis Roederer Wine Writers’ Awards. He has also been twice nominated for the Millesima Blog Awards in the Wine Reporter category. Opening a Bottle was also nominated for “Best Individual Blog” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2019. He is an accomplished photographer with images licensed through PhotoShelter.

Kevin is a regular contributor to SevenFifty Daily, an online magazine for professionals in the beverage-alcohol industry. He is based in Denver, Colorado.

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