​​FEBRUARY 25th, 2017 -- French Wine Tasting
For more information and to reserve your ticket, click here: 02/25 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


MARCH 3rd, 2017
Bordeaux Region Tasting with Hugues Beaulieu, Sommelier
Reserve ticket here: 03/03 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Prestigious. Famous. Extraordinary. Unique. A wine with strong character! These are just a few of the words that describe the distinguishable wine coming from Bordeaux. When the majority of people think of Bordeaux wines, they usually associate it with red wines. However, Bordeaux did not start out as a strong red wine region. In fact, they were known for their sweet whites, which none other than Thomas Jefferson was a strong consumer of. It was not until the 1850’s that Bordeaux became known for red wine. And since then, there has been no going back. What made Bordeaux so popular? Was it the climate? Maybe it was something in the soil? Actually, it was the fact that Bordeaux was a major port city for centuries. This allowed access to both small and large wine producers to the world when it came to selling their wines. This evening we will be focusing on one Bordeaux winery in particular; Chateau La Mothe.  For more details on this event, click here!


MARCH 4th, 2017 -- Spanish Wine Tasting
For more information and to reserve your ticket, click here: 03/04 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


MARCH 10th, 2017
Flora Springs Tasting and Class with Paul Gardner
Purchase your ticket here: 03/10 (Logan Circle Location 6:30-8PM)

Flora Springs exists not only for the traditional purpose of business, but beyond that, to enhance the lives of their customers and improve the quality of their community. They are the proud steward of 650 acres of land in the Napa Valley that are farmed using both sustainable and organic practices. They support the farmer and the farm worker. They are committed to making a positive impact on the world one bottle of wine at a time. About the Speaker: Paul Gardner is proudly the “voice” of Flora Springs Winery in the Northeast, and his passion for and knowledge of fine wine is evident when he shares our story. With twelve years of experience at restaurants and retailers, ten years on the distribution side, and seven years working for other notable wineries, Paul’s long-term goal was to work for a family-owned winery. 


​MARCH 11th, 2017 -- Spanish Wine Tasting
For more information and to reserve your ticket, click here: 03/11 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


MARCH 17th, 2017
South African Wine Tasting and Class with Mike Cavanagh
Reserve tickets here: 03/17 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Back in the 1650’s Dutch settlers came over to South Africa, bringing with them the first grape vines to plant and harvest. At first, wine production did not take off. It wasn’t until the French Huguenots arrived, back in the 1680’s, that with their viticulture skills and knowledge that wine production became a success. By the 1900’s South Africa had over 80 million vines planted and where known around the world for their legendary dessert wine, Vin de Constance, created by South Africa’s oldest wine estate. Today, South Africa is one of the most prominent wine producing countries in the southern hemisphere. They also have about 60 appellations within the South African wine origin system. Their signature varietal is the pinotage which is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The grape varietals, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are the most planted grapes in South Africa. One last fun fact about South African wines is that South Africa is known for “bridging the gap” between new world and old world winemaking techniques! For more on the details of this event, click here!


MARCH 18th, 2017
UCI Milan - Sanremo: Saturday Wine Tasting

Reserve tickets here: 03/18 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)
Known as the 'sprinters classic', we honor the second part of the UCI series with a Saturday tasting, featuring the wines from the regions the cyclists will pass through during their tests of endurance: Lombardia, Piemonte, and Liguria. The Milan - Sanremo is known as the monumental “classic” one day racing event for cyclists, established in 1907. It is consistently held at the very beginning of the year and most of the world’s major cycling athletes have all won it at some point or another. Did You Know: Eddy Merckx holds the record for victories in Sanremo (seven). In 1946, Coppi launched a solo breakaway on the Turchino that survived for more than 140 kilometers, all the way to Sanremo. He finished 14 minutes ahead of runner-up Lucien Teissiere! About the wine regions we will visit during the tasting: Lombardia is known for its beautiful sparkling wines and its Nebbiolo wines which many people around the world have come to appreciate. Meanwhile, Piemonte is the second most famous wine region in Italy next to Tuscany and has introduced the world to a whole new set of grapes for wine lovers to taste and enjoy! And lastly, Liguria borders Piemonte and grows its wonderful grapes on steep rocky slopes that help make the great wines they produce today!
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Milan - Sanremo website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


MARCH 24th, 2017
Southern Hemisphere Tasting and Class
Reserve tickets here: 03/24 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

​When it comes to questions of size of wineries and vineyards, there’s a kind of inverse-machismo at work in the wine business. Winemakers are known to crave to cultivate that sense of underdog, salt-of-the-earth, rustic cool that comes with being perceived as small. Small-level importers and sommeliers create relationships with these small producers and buy bragging rights to showcase the diminutive size of their latest acquisitions: “Two hectares? A few barrels? You call that ‘small’? This guy has less than an acre, on a 180° slope accessible only on horseback, and he makes just a few dozen bottles a year.” Small production, of course, implies rarity – a valuable asset for any business, whether they’re targeting the status-symbol-obsessed rich on the hunt for exclusivity, or the obscurer-than-thou wine obsessive who will only drink something they’ve “discovered” before anyone else, a real gem in the wine industry. It also speaks directly to the idea that small is beautiful in a moral as well as aesthetic sense, that a wine made by a farmer tending their own patch will always be better. During this class, we will taste through wines that are the work of producers with just a handful of hectares. Because they tend to have a more intimate relationship with their vines, small producers are more likely to get their wine to transmit that elusive quality that makes it special: a sense of place, a certain flavor or feeling that only comes from that specific site. We hope you will join us for this presentation and tasting! For more details on this event, click here!


MARCH 25th, 2017 -- Spanish Wine Tasting
For more information and to reserve your ticket, click here: 03/25 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


MARCH 31st, 2017
New World Versus Old World 
Reserve tickets here: 03/31 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Is it still the case that there is a difference between the style of New World wines: on the one hand and Old World wines on the other? It is certainly true that different parts of the world imprint their own character on the wines made there. Most California wines are just so chock full of sunshine that they almost taste sweet, for example, and many Australian reds have a telltale hint of eucalyptus or menthol in their perfume. But it is not true any longer that all New World wines are made in full-throttle style and all Old World wines are reserved and need bottle age. Despite common descriptors between New and Old World wines, there are plenty of exceptions to the rule. This is because winemakers have a fair amount of control when it comes to affecting how a wine will ultimately taste. Call it a winemaking preference if you want, but many Old World regions have rules and regulations that dictate winemaking practices which ultimately decides a wine’s style. So, what is the relevance of the phrase "Old World" when there are so many exceptions? Join us for this tasting and discussion!


​APRIL 7th, 2017
The Four Corners of Italy: Piemonte, Veneto, Puglia, Calabria with Keith Murphy, CSW
Purchase your ticket here: 04/07 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

This presentation is made by Keith Murphy of LLS wines. For over 35 years, Leonardo LoCascio Selections has represented Italian Wines of impeccable quality, character and value. Each wine in the collection tells a unique story about the family and region that produced it. A taste through the portfolio is a journey across Italy’s rich spectrum of geography, history, and culture. Whether a crisp Pinot Bianco from the Dolomites or a rich Aglianico from Campania, the wines of Leonardo LoCascio Selections will transport you to Italy’s outstanding regions. The focus of this tasting is on the wines of Italy, a broad and delicious introduction of the great wines of this magnificent wine producing region.


APRIL 8th, 2017
UCI Paris - Roubaix: Saturday Wine Tasting

Reserve tickets here: 04/08 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)
The highly regarded Paris - Roubaix is the third monument of the season. It is a one day, pro cycling race event that has been around since 1896, making it one of the oldest “classic” cycling races to take place in the world. This race is made famous by its complete unpredictability, made so by the 27 sections of cobbled sections of the race, rated from relatively easy to extremely difficult for cyclists to navigate, while maintaining their racing strategies. The race begins in northern France and finishes on the Belgian frontier. In honor of this race we will host a celebratory wine tasting featuring Champagne from Champagne, France, as well as other sparkling wines from around France, styles including Cremant de Loire, of the Loire Valley in the north-west of France; Cremant d'Alsace, of the Alsacian region of France, far north-east; Cremant de Bourgogne, of the Burgundy region of France, east of the country; and Bugey-Cerdon, of Bugey, eastern section of France, not as far in from the border as Burgundy. Join us for a glass, or two, of sparkling wine that will be sure to be a crowd pleaser for all!
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Paris - Roubaix website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


APRIL 14th, 2017
West Coast: Washington State Versus California
Purchase your ticket here: 04/14 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Here is how California and Washington wine compare on a macro level: Total tonnage in 2012: California: 4,014,000 and Washington: 188,000; Red wine grapes: California: 2,290,000 and Washington: 94,500; White wine grapes: California: 1,724,000 and Washington: 93,500; Price per ton: California: $769 and Washington: $1,040; Price per ton, red grapes: California: $879 and Washington: $1,235; Price per ton, white grapes: California: $624 and Washington: $844. Join us as we explore these two states and taste a great selection of wines from each!


APRIL 28th, 2017
Wines by Michel Rolland
Purchase your ticket here: 04/28 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

What do some of the hottest names in California wine have in common? In the case of Araujo, Bond, Bryant Family, Dalla Valle, Harlan Estate, Sloan and Staglin, it's the same consulting winemaker, and he's not a Californian, not even an American. He's Bordeaux's Michel Rolland. And the Frenchman's list of clients doesn't stop in California. He works with producers in just about every major winemaking region on the globe. From Chile's Casa Lapostolle to Italy's Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, he's probably made more outstanding-quality wines than anyone in modern times. We will taste through a selection of Michel Rolland's projects from across the globe. Rolland is also at the top of the charts in Bordeaux, his home. He grew up at Château Le Bon-Pasteur, his family estate in Pomerol. He and his wife, Dany, now live at Château Fontenil, their wine estate in Fronsac; together, they run a laboratory specializing in wine analysis in the Right Bank town of Libourne. In the 2005 vintage, he had his hand in a number of the region's top wines, including Pavie and L'Evangile (each earned preliminary ratings of 95-100 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale). He also works for Angélus, Certan de May, Clinet, Le Gay, Lascombes, Péby-Faugères, Magrez Fombrauge, Pape Clément, Rouget, Troplong-Mondot and dozens of others.


MAY 6th, 2017
Giro d’Italia 100th Edition Stages 1-7: Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 05/06 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)

Handlebar mustaches and spare tyres slung over their shoulders -- the dawn of Giro d'Italia is a series of miraculous images. From those silent sequences a tangle of riders emerge, held back by gendarmes and inquisitive onlookers. It is 2:53 on the 13th of May 1909 and those 127 adventurers don't know they are about to tackle the first kilometers of a race at close to great risk. To complete the order of arrival, the first stage, from Milan to Bologna, it takes two days. But, the Giro has got into gear, to stop only during the two World Wars. After more than 100 years and 99 editions, the Giro is a unifying symbol of Italy. Girardengo and Binda have the evocative power of ancient heros -- they wrote legends on pedals; Bartali and Coppi, divided by passion and unified by emotion; Magni exalted courage; Gimondi and Merckx rekindled the flame of great rivalries, as did Moser and Saronni. Then there was the tenacity of Hinault, the last of the great giants, the elegance of Indurian, the exuberance of 'King' Cipollini, and the meekness of the tragic hero like the Pirate, Marco Pantani. The Giro has suffered on the Stelvino Pass and in the snow on the Gavia Pass, stones were thrown in Pieres. It discovered the Mortirolo Pass and Mount Zoncolan, the dirt roads around Siena, and it has been able to reach St Mark's Square in Venice, on a pontoon. It is the race which pedals in our imagination because... That Amore Infinito, that pink thread that connects our history and our landscape, continues to tell extraordinary stories about extraordinary men.

To celebrate one of cycling's three grand tours, the Giro d'Italia, we follow the riders as they pedal their way through Italy, tasting in their honor as we do! We will cover the regions of Sardegna, Sicily, and Calabra for Giro Stages 1-7. Sardegna is best known for being the second largest island in the Mediterranean and an autonomous region of Italy. Its wine industry is characterized by grapes that are not commonly seen in Italy. Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is known for being the center of viniculture and Italy’s exciting “new” wine region, one well known for low-yield vines and smaller batches of lesser known to almost unheard of wines like Frappato and Catarratto. Similar to Sicily, Calabria was strongly influenced by the Greeks whom were the first to bring wine bearing vines to the region. For a time period Calabria was famous throughout Italy and Europe for its wine. It’s most famous and oldest wine, Ciro, gaining immense prestige in the wine world. However, when competition arose from regions in France such as Bordeaux, Calabria lost its glory in the wine industry. While it may not have gained back its popularity that it once held Calabria‘s Ciro still holds its well-known reputation for being an amazing wine and is a treat to taste!

To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Giro d'Italia website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


MAY 12th, 2017
Chateau Musar Older Vintage Taste Comparison presentation by Broadbent Selections
Purchase your ticket here: 05/12 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Chateau Musar is a Lebanese winery in Ghazir, Lebanon founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar when he was only twenty years old. Gaston Hochar got his inspiration to start his own vineyard when returning for Bordeaux because wine-making has been a tradition in Lebanon for over 6,000 years! Today, Lebanon is one of the oldest sites in the wine production world. In 1941, during World War II, Major Ronald Barton was stationed in Lebanon were he befriended Gaston Hochar. Through this friendship, it strengthened the ties with Bordeaux and ultimately influenced the style of the vineyard. The international discovery of Chateau Musar happened at the Bristol Wine Fair of 1979 when auctioneer and taster Michael Broadbent chose Musar 1967 as the “discovery of the Fair.” Chateau Musar was also the first wine producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyard. To this day Musar wines have an almost cult like following!


MAY 13th, 2017
Giro d’Italia 100th Edition Stages 8-10: Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 05/13 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)

Stage 8:Puglia Region – Riders start in Molfetta and end in Peschici;Stage 9: Molise Region – Riders start in Montenero di Bisaccia and end in Blockhaus, Stage 10: Umbria Region – Riders start in Foligno and end in Montefalco

For the second tasting of this four part Saturday tasting series in celebration of the Giro d'Italia, we keep pace with the cyclists as they complete stages 8-10, traveling through the regions of Puglia, Molise, and Umbria. Puglia is known for two things; olives and wine, in that order. The region of Puglia is responsible for over half of Italy’s olive oil production and has an outstanding reputation regarding their wine industry. They are best known for their red grape varietals: Nero di Troia, Primitive, and Negroamaro. One great word to describe the region of Molise is 'obscure'. Since around 500 BC Molise has been producing wine influenced by the Samnites, Etruscans, and Romans. However, even with a long history of making wine, Molise was only just recognized as an independent wine region in the last half of the 20th century. Umbria is the only region in Italy that does not have access to either the sea or international borders and is generally overshadowed by its famous neighbor, Tuscany. Regardless of its smaller size, Umbria grows grape vines in almost every territory creating unique, modern wines that set it apart from its larger sister regions.

To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Giro d'Italia website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


MAY 19th, 2017
ABC -- Anywhere But California: Wines of the USA
Purchase your ticket here: 05/19 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Selection for this event made by Andrew Stover, presented by Nick Materese. Andrew is on a mission to turn Washingtonians on to American wines from unsuspected places. Think less California and more Texas. “Usually that’s referred to as ‘The Other 47,’” says Stover, who is a certified sommelier and founder of Vino 50 Selections. “Meaning anything but California, Washington and Oregon.” Not that he has anything against the wines from the country’s three biggest wine-producing states. Many of their vineyards and wineries are growing and producing some of the best in the world. But so are wineries in Michigan, Missouri and Virginia. Learn more by attending this mind-opening class!


MAY 20th, 2017
Giro d’Italia 100th Edition Stages 11-15: Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 05/20 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)

Stage 11: Tuscany Region – Riders start in Firenze and end in Bagno di Romagna, Stage 12: Emilia Romagna Region – Riders start in Forli and end in Reggio Emilia, Stage 13-15: Piemonte Region

For the third tasting of this four part Saturday tasting series, we will explore wines from the regions of Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, and Piemonte! Considered the most famous region in all of Italy is Tuscany; the birth place of the Italian language and renowned for their internationally recognized wines. Tuscany has secured its place in the wine world not only through international recognition but also for its iconic wines Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino! Emilia Romagna is one of Italy’s oldest wine regions, dating all the way back to the 7th century BC. One of the most distinguishing factors that differentiates Emilia Romagna from all the other regions in Italy is it is home to numerous diverse climates and soils. Piemonte, known as the Burgundy of Italy, is the second most famous region right after Tuscany and is home to 1/3 of the population of Italy. Its name, ‘Piemonte’, literally means “the foot of the mountains” and is known for having the ideal climate for viniculture.
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Giro d'Italia website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


MAY 27th, 2017
Giro d’Italia 100th Edition Stages 16-21: Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 05/27 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)

Stage 16-17: Lombardia Region, Stage 18: Trentino Region – Alto Adige – Riders start in Moena and end in Ortisi/St Ulrich, Stage 19: Veneto Region – Riders start in San Candido/Innichen and end in Piancavallo, Stage 20: Friuli Region – Riders tart in Pordenone and end in Asiago, Stage 21: Lombardia Region – Riders start in Monza and end in Milan

For the fourth and final part of this tasting series, we follow the riders through their last stages, 16-21, exploring the regions of Lombardia, Trentino, Veneto, and Friuli. The region of Lombardia is smack dab in the heart of northern Italy. And it comes as no surprise, Lombardia being one of Italy’s largest regions that it is home to one of biggest cities as well. Geographically, Lombardia is in the perfect place to make a diverse and wide range of wine styles from both native and foreign grape varietals. Just bordering Lombardia is the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. This region is best known for their iconic Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco. Their Pinot Grigio makes up over 20% of all wine production in the area. In the last stages, we will hit the regions of Veneto and Friuli. Veneto is a much smaller wine region compared to Tuscany, Lombardia, and Piedmont but its size does not decrease its importance. Veneto is known for its intense and formidable red wines such as Valpolicella and Amarone! Meanwhile, Friuli is famous for producing impressive white wines. Claimed to be some of the best in all of Italy!
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Giro d'Italia website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


JUNE 02nd, 2017
Semantics in Wine with Andy Gable
Purchase your ticket here: 06/02 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Information on this class coming shortly! Please check back with us again soon! What to Expect: Walking in, you arrive at a sit down, interactive, wine tasting during which we provide for tasting six to eight new wines to taste and discuss over the one and a half hour period of time allotted to the class. At these gatherings everyone attending brings their own level of knowledge and experiences, adding to the conversation on the wines, regions, and varietals. All levels of wine lovers are welcome! What brings is all together once every week is simply that we LOVE wine!


JUNE 09th, 2017
Semantics in Wine with Andy Gable
Purchase your ticket here: 06/09 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Information on this class coming shortly! Please check back with us again soon! What to Expect: Walking in, you arrive at a sit down, interactive, wine tasting during which we provide for tasting six to eight new wines to taste and discuss over the one and a half hour period of time allotted to the class. At these gatherings everyone attending brings their own level of knowledge and experiences, adding to the conversation on the wines, regions, and varietals. All levels of wine lovers are welcome! What brings is all together once every week is simply that we LOVE wine!


JUNE 16th, 2017
Semantics in Wine with Andy Gable
Purchase your ticket here: 06/16 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Information on this class coming shortly! Please check back with us again soon! What to Expect: Walking in, you arrive at a sit down, interactive, wine tasting during which we provide for tasting six to eight new wines to taste and discuss over the one and a half hour period of time allotted to the class. At these gatherings everyone attending brings their own level of knowledge and experiences, adding to the conversation on the wines, regions, and varietals. All levels of wine lovers are welcome! What brings is all together once every week is simply that we LOVE wine!


JULY 1st, 2017

4th of July Wine Tasting

Reserve tickets here: 07/01 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


JULY 8th, 2017
Tour De France Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 07/08 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)

The race director said the 2017 TdF is designed so that riders attack each other from early on and straight through to its finale. Though it has just three summit finishes and fewer categorized climbs than in recent years, the tour visits every one of France's five mountain regions and has up to nine potenial sprint stages, all to encourage aggressive racing from the start. Stage one starts in Dusseldorf, the first time the race starts in Germany since 1987. The race then heads to Belgium for two days of racing before the pelaton takes in its third country on stage four when the race moves into Luxembourg. From there the race will stay in France until the finish.
Stage 3: Moselle Region – Riders start in Verviers and end in Longwy, Stage 5: Alsace Region – Riders start in Vittel and end in La planche des belles filles, Stage 6: Chablis Region – Riders start in Vesoul and end in Troyes

During the next four weekends, we follow cyclists as they travel through the French countryside. During stages 3-6 of the Tour De France, we follow the riders to the regions of Moselle, Alsace, and then Chablis. Of the thirteen official wine regions in Germany, Moselle is the most famous. One reason for its fame is because of its Rieslings it produces. However, in general, Moselle is regarded as having the finest white wines in the world. Alsace is unique because it is wedged right in between France and Germany. This, as a result creates Alsace into a blend of both German and French culture, language, art, food, and wine. What makes Alsace stand out in the wine world is it’s “Dry Riesling”. If there was one word to describe the region of Chablis it would be Chardonnay. The region of Chablis exclusively, only makes wines from chardonnay grapes. Creating wines that can be characterized with words such as light, dry, high minerality, and crisp acidity.
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Tour de France website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


JULY 15th, 2017
Tour De France Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 07/15 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)
Stage 7: Burgundy Region – Riders start in Troyes and end in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Stage 8: Jura Region – Riders start in Dole and end in Station des rousses, Stage 9: Beaujolais and Chambery Regions – Riders start in Nantua and end in Chambéry
Continuing on, to stages 7 through 9 we follow the riders through the regions of Burgundy, Jura, Beaujolais, and Chambery. The region of Burgundy is a highly respected wine region as well as being home to some of the most expensive wines in the world. In particular, it is known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. In fact, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the only two grape varietals that Burgundy uses for wine-making. Also using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes is the small wine region next door, Jura. However, Jura also uses three other local grape varietals known as Poulsard, Trousseau, and Savagnin. Jura has claimed its spot in the lime light through its very distinctive and most notable wine, Vin Juane. It is made very similarly to sherry with Jura’s Savagnin grape and then ages for over six years. Close by to Jura and just south of Burgundy is the regions of Beaujolais and Chambery. Famous for their fruity red wines made from Gamay. Like Burgundy with its focus on just two grape varietals, Beaujolais focuses on making their wines mostly from Gamay and using Pinot Noir sparingly.
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Tour de France website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


JULY 22nd, 2017
Tour De France Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 07/22 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)

Stage 10: Bergerac Region – Riders start in Périgueux and end in Bergerac, Stage 12: Juracon Region – Riders start in Pau and end in Peyragudes, Stage 14: Cahors Region – Riders start in Blagnac and end in Rodez

Continuing on, to stages 10 through 14 we follow the riders through the regions of Bergerac, Jurancon, and Cahors. The region of Bergerac is often times overshadowed by its older sister Bordeaux because of its closer proximity and the fact that Bergerac frequently uses the same grapes and makes their wines in the image of Bordeaux’s. Offering a bit more individuality is Cahors, the home to Malbec. This region is the only red wine appellation to not use Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. Their wines are known for being “black wines” meaning very dark and heavy in color and on the palate. Saving the sweetest region for last is Jurancon in south-western France, making wine since the 14th century. Jurancon only makes white wines, and if you are in the mood for something sweet than this is the place to go. To put into perspective how sweet Jurancon wines are, Coke has about 108 grams of sugar in one liter. Standard dry, white wines have about 182 grams of sugar per liter. Jurancon wines however, their standard is 247 grams and their late harvest has 281 grams of sugar per liter.

To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Tour de France website here! For more on the details of this wine class, click here!


JULY 29th, 2017
Tour De France Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 07/29 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)
Stages 15-19: Rhone Valley and Provence Regions, Stage 20: Languedoc Region – Time trial in Marseille, Stage 21: Champagne Region – Riders start in Montgeron and end in Paris Champs-Élysées
Continuing on, to stages 15 through 21 we follow the riders through the regions of Rhone, Provence, Languedoc, and Champagne! For over 2,600 years the region of Provence in southeast France has been making wine. In southern France is Languedoc which is, to date, the largest producing wine region in the world. To put into perspective how much wine is made in this region; Languedoc makes more wine than the entire United States. The last region we will taste from is the region Champagne, located in the northeast of France and home to some of the most famous sparkling wines. The three main grape varietals used to make Champagne are pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay; however there are some lesser known grapes that can be used as well. For more on the details of this event, click here!


AUGUST 19th, 2017
La Vuelta a Espana Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 08/19 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)
The race will be the 72nd edition of the Vuelta a España and will be the final Grand Tour of the 2017 cycling season. The race is scheduled start in Nîmes, France and finish in Madrid. It will be the first time the race has started in France and only the third time it has started outside of Spain.
Stages 4-6: We will taste wines from the regions the cyclists pass through: Montsant, Priorat, and Valencia.
We taste through three regions of Spain the cyclists pass through during the first few stages of this well-known race. We start with Valencia; the third largest city in Spain and the largest Mediterranean port. Evidence of wine making process in Valencia dates all the way back to the Neolithic period. Another, very distinct wine region is Priorat. Here, they have a climate that is so dry that the land is only suitable to grow olives and grapes. It all started with the Carthusian monks, who were the very first to start tending the land. To this day tourists can actually visit the monastery ruins where the monks once made wine. 
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Vuelta a Espana website here! For more on the details of this event, click here!

AUGUST 26th, 2017
La Vuelta a Espana Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 08/26 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)
The race will be the 72nd edition of the Vuelta a España and will be the final Grand Tour of the 2017 cycling season. The race is scheduled start in Nîmes, France and finish in Madrid. It will be the first time the race has started in France and only the third time it has started outside of Spain.
Stages 7-11: We will taste wines from the regions the cyclists pass through: Utiel Requena, Manchuela, La Mancha, Jumilla, Yecla, and Alicante.
Utiel Requena is located west of Valencia and is Spain’s largest wine region on the east coast., it is known for their native grape Bobal; a red wine grape that makes up 90% of all vines in the region. La Mancha is solely supported by the wine industry. In fact, La Mancha is the largest continuous vine growing region in the world with over 300 wineries and 22,000 grape growers! Manchuela, the third region the riders will be biking through in the La Vuelta a Espana and used to actually be a part of La Mancha. However, in 1982 they wanted to be their own D.O. and separated. Jumilla is known for having escaped the effects of the Phylloxera plague which resulted in their economic status and viticulture to sky rocket. They were granted their own appellation in 1975 and 85% of all wines are exported. Alicante is the last region in the stages 7-11 and claimed fame in the wine industry in the 15th century. Alicante is a major port city and wine export center. It is rumored that France’s kind Louis XIV would only buy wines from Alicante and refused wine from another other country or region.
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Vuelta a Espana website here! For more on the details of this event, click here!

SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2017
La Vuelta a Espana Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 09/02 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)
The race will be the 72nd edition of the Vuelta a España and will be the final Grand Tour of the 2017 cycling season. The race is scheduled start in Nîmes, France and finish in Madrid. It will be the first time the race has started in France and only the third time it has started outside of Spain.
Stages 12-16: Jerez-Xerez-Sherry-Manzilla, Navarra, and Rioja.
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Vuelta a Espana website here! For more on the details of this event, click here!

SEPTEMBER 9th, 2017
La Vuelta a Espana Saturday Wine Tasting Series
Reserve tickets here: 09/09 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)
The race will be the 72nd edition of the Vuelta a España and will be the final Grand Tour of the 2017 cycling season. The race is scheduled start in Nîmes, France and finish in Madrid. It will be the first time the race has started in France and only the third time it has started outside of Spain.
Stages 17-21: Bilbao, Terra de Leon, Bierzo, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Castilla, and La Mancha.
To find out more about this cycling event, visit the Vuelta a Espana website here! For more on the details of this event, click here!


SEPTEMBER 15th, 2017
Gaja Italian Wine Tasting
Purchase your tickets here: 09/15 (Gainesville Location 6:30-8PM)

Roughly 150 years ago in the Piemonte region of Italy, Giovanni Gaja was making wines for a tavern in Barbaresco to compliment the food. This would ultimately lead to Giovanni founding his own winery in 1859. These wines would then go on to become some of the very first wines to be bottled and sold outside of the region. Currently, Angelo Gaja is now the owner and president of Gaja Winery. Angelo Gaja started his wine making career at the ripe old age of 21 and is known for developing new wine making techniques and revolutionizing the winemaking process in Italy. The nickname people have given him is “the undisputed king of Barbaresco.” One of Angelo’s contributions to the wine world is introducing malolactic fermentation to Piemonte. This process is also commonly known as secondary fermentation that converts tart tasting malic acid in the grape must to a softer lactic acid. To this day, Angelo Gaja and his daughter, Gaia, continue to advance their legacy in the wine world!


​OCTOBER 27th, 2017
Vintage Madeira Wine Tasting with Broadbent Selections Educator, Lisa Morris
Purchase your ticket here: 08/27 (Gainesville Circle Location 6:30-8PM)

During the 1600 and 1700s the island of Madeira was a very important provisioning point for journeys to the Americas and the East Indies. Madeira was so important because back then wine often spoiled on long treks across the ocean. Shippers would load up on Madeira wine which was fortified (by adding a little brandy) preserving the wines through the long voyage. Being a fortified wine is not the only thing that makes Madeira wine so unique. Madeira wine is also aged under heat. By repeatedly heating the wine it creates interesting and wonderful flavors of caramel, toffee, and roasted nuts. The other reason Madeira wine is one of a kind is because while other wines oxidize when left open, becoming flavorless, Madeira wine doesn’t change in the slightest bit and retains its flavor. There are two different kinds of Madeira wines; blended and single varietal. Blended wines essential mean that they are inexpensive and of average quality. While single varietal means it is of the highest quality. To make these wine Madeira only uses five different grape varietals, the main being Tinta Negre Mole which is a cross between Grenache and Pinot Noir.

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