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Wine Tasting: Sips & Sommeliers

April 4, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Explore a curated wine tasting prepared by expert sommeliers from one of Charleston’s favorite wine shops, Wine & Co., while overlooking the Charleston Harbor. The theme for the April 4 Sips & Sommeliers Wine Tasting is France! Explore French wines with Charleston-based Wine & Co. Light bites will be available for pairing.

The Sips & Sommeliers Wine Tasting Series is part of the 76th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. All Sips & Sommeliers events are 21+. Limited space available, tickets required. 




More about wines from France:

French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles. France is one of the largest wine producers in the world, along with Italian, Spanish, and Americanwine-producing regionsFrench wine traces its history to the 6th century BCE, with many of France’s regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive wines sold internationally to modest wines usually only seen within France such as the Margnat wines of the post war period.

Two concepts central to the better French wines are the notion of terroir, which links the style of the wines to the locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) system, replaced by the Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) system in 2012. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France’s several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover regions, villages or vineyards.

France is the source of many grape varieties (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries. Although some producers have benefited in recent years from rising prices and increased demand for prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, competition from New World wines has contributed to a decline in the domestic and international consumption of French wine.