Today on the program : a last and a first.
Unfortunately today was the last wine class with our much admired wine teacher Agnes. The whole class loved her and her teaching about the wines of 14 regions in France. I live now 13 years in France and was even part of the HP wine-club in Grenoble for several years, but I must say she is the one to whom I owe now all my knowledge about wine, that has exploded within the last year. Merci Agnes !
The last class, besides a tasting of Jurancon and a Sauternes (!), included also the first of a series of 7 tests that I will go through until mid June. The wine test today contributes to the school's certificate of the Paris Chamber of Commerce.
The questions were :
1) Name 2 grape varieties (cepages) with the color for the following regions : Bordelais, Bourgogne, Alsace, Languedoc-Roussilon, La vallée du Rhone.
2) Name 2 AOC for each of the following regions : Val de Loire, Provence, Bourgogne, Bordelais, Vallee du Rhone Septentrionale
3) Name 2 AOC "Vin Doux Naturels" (with region and color)
4) For each cheese indicate the region, the type of cheese, and a wine that goes well with that cheese : Crottin de Chavignol, Bleu de Causses, Maroilles.
5) For the following dishes, specify a wine that could be combined with it, and the type of the wine : Cassoulet, Coq au vin, Noix de St. Jacques au creme.
6) Describe the wine tasted (we got a glass of Jurançon moelleux), color, flavor, aromas, and what dish you would combine it with.
I was quite well prepared for all those topics, so I believe I answered everything correctly. On a per 20 basis, I should have 19/20 (lets remain modest). This result is not a major contributor for the final certificate grade, but still, a first "hurdle" is taken. And looking at this test in particular I realize again, how much I learnt about wine during this program. Santé !