Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bordeaux MatchMaking

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You don’t have to go all the way to France to indulge in your fascination for Bordeaux wines. Find Bordeaux MatchMaking events near you and meet people who share your passion and who want to learn about Bordeaux. Keith and I attended this event held at the U.S. French Embassy where our palate was matched to an array of fine, yet affordable Bordeaux wines in a social environment.

How does it work? First, answer a questionnaire online and register for the event in your city. Your answers will help the matchmakers to better understand what type of wine drinker you are and allow them to match you with a specific tasting table featuring wines that fit your palate. About a week later, we were confirmed to attend and on site we found out that Keith and I were labeled as "Apprentice".  Other labels were "Novice" or "Geek", so we were right in the middle and felt at ease as the friendly wine experts lead the tastings all night and made the experience both fun and educational.

The evening opens with complimentary wine tasting paired with generous hors-d'oeuvres and the mood of the evening later transformed into a party like atmosphere where guests danced and mixed with the crowd. My favorite red from the "Apprentice" table was a rare 2009 Chateau de Brousse, Grand Vin de Bordeaux.  It was medium-bodied and similar to a Pinot Noir.

We also had an opportunity to sign up for an exclusive food and wine pairing to highlight the educational experience. Featured items included a 2013 Chateau Respide-Medeville, Graves Blanc paired with Ahi Tuna with Ginger Sauce.  This white wine was crisp with mostly Semillon and Sauvignon grapes.  We also tried a 2016 Chateau de Bergun, Bordeaux Rosé which was just lovely paired with a Vegetable Spring Roll.  Made with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes this rosé was dry and floral.  Lastly we sampled the 2013 Chateau Martin, Le Haut, Saint Estephe paired with a Pig in a Blanket.  This red wine was a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape and a bit leathery on the palate.

We learned a lot about the Bordeaux region and was especially surprised to learn of all the exquisite mineral white wines and rosés available.  If you are looking at making new friends, build your professional network or meet that someone special, all over delicious Bordeaux wines, stay tuned for future Bordeaux MatchMaking events in your city!

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