France is all about Wine and Food and Soil and Family!

Find out how they all connect at the French Connection Tasting.

Meet our special guest Henning Iverson from V59 Wines.

About V59 Wines - "The heart and soul of the company is firmly focused on artisanal domains making excellent regional wine—classic vin de terroir.  As importers, we look for wines with depth of fruit, length and elegance.  We look for people who share sensibilities, and that makes them as important as the wine they produce. The rule is simple: you work with people who make you proud and whose wine you drink at home."

Join us for a flight of 4 wonderful wines and learn about their French Connections!

White: 2010 Claude Branger Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Monnières, Loire Valley, France

Grape Variety: Melon de Bourgogne

French connection: Wine region's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean not only influences the climate, but also the taste and pairings for this wine.  It tastes of ocean air and minerally salinity which make it the perfect pairing with oysters, mussels, crab cakes, and all seafood!

Produced solely from the single vineyard Saint Fiacre.

White: 2015 Sylvaine & Alain Normand, Macon la Roche Vineuse, Burgundy, France

Grape variety: Chardonnay

French connection: Husband and wife team who studied together at wine school

Sylvaine & Alain Normand studied together at wine school in Beaune, Burgundy. As a young couple, they wanted to make their own wine.  They found an abandoned vineyard in a prime region in Burgundy. The struck up a deal where they work the vineyard and pay the landlord in wine.

Red: 2013 Quinta do Tedo, Duoro Red, Duoro, Portugal

Grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz

French connection: Famous French wine making family member and his quest for a desired soil.

Claude Bouchard is from the famous Bouchard Pere et Fils winery (8 generations of family winemaking - they acquired some of their most prestigious land right after the French Revolution).  In 1978 Claude met Robert Mondavi who convinced him to come to CA.  After a visit to the Duoro Valley in Portugal he set out to find property with a specific soil type (schist soils).  He found a property with 100 year old vines which he now calls home.

Red: 2012 Chateau Haut-Monplaisir, Prestige, Cahors, Southwest France

Grape variety: Malbec

French connection: French wine making family

Cathy and Daniel Fournié took over the vineyards in 1998 from her father.  They partnered with Pascal Verhaeghe in winemaking and now their daughter Mathilde has also joined the winemaking team.

Cahors is the ancestral home of the black Malbec grape.