There will be five events throughout the summer in Toronto, each at a different trendy location. During these events, five wines from every region of Bordeaux will be featured. The first glass will be free and anything else after that will be available for a reasonable price. These events will offer you the opportunity to learn more about the Bordeaux region and the many different wine styles associated with with it.
These two sites are very informative and interactive. They have maps, videos and food pairing suggestions: www.enjoybordeaux.com and www.bordeaux.com
I personally have been to the old port City of Bordeaux. Sadly, I didn't make it to the wine regions while I was in the area. I was passing through on my way to a wedding. Having explored many of the other wine regions of France, Bordeaux still remains a key area that I must visit!
Here is a map of the various wine regions of Bordeaux. It may seem complicated at first but the more you learn about this area, the less daunting it will be. I highly recommend learning about Bordeaux by tasting your way through it. :)
If you're not familiar with Bordeaux wines, then here are some key facts to get you started:
- Bordeaux produces a wide range of wines from red, dry white, sweet, semi-sweet, sparkling and rose
- Wines from Bordeaux are labeled by region and not by grape variety
- In general, Bordeaux wines are blends. This means that you'll rarely see a wine from Bordeaux made from one grape variety. The main winemaking feature of the Bordeaux region is the creation of a balanced wine made from the blending of the various grape varieties
- The major red grape varieties which are in general, blended, are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc (sometimes Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere are used)
- The major white grape varieties are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
- Some wine lingo:
- "Left Bank" (refers to the area left of the Garonne river) - wines are usually Cabernet Sauvignon dominant in the blend
- "Right Bank" (refers to the area right of the Dordogne river) - wines are usually Merlot dominant in the blend
- Sparkling wine from Bordeaux is Cremant de Bordeaux
- Delicious sweet wines come from Sauternes, Loupiac and Barsac
- Key feature of sweet wines coming from areas such as Sauternes is "noble rot" which gives the wine a unique flavour. Don't worry, it's a good thing and it's delicious
- Looking for a dry white? Try something from the region of Graves, Pessac-Leognan or Entre-Deux-Mers
- A good introduction to the entire region as a whole would be to find a wine labeled as Bordeaux or Bordeaux Superieur. These wines can be made from grapes from anywhere in Bordeaux
- A wine from Bordeaux doesn't have to be expensive to be enjoyable. There is something for every price point
How to read a Bordeaux wine label interactive tutorial:
The following dates for the Toronto "Bordeaux After Work Party" events are as follows: July 19, September 13 and October 25.
Also check out Bordeaux Wine on Facebook:
The main thing to take away from this post is that you can find a wine from Bordeaux for any occasion and to pair with any type of food. The options are endless! C'est magnifique.