During World War II the Nazis took control of France and began to systematically plunder the cellars of France's most revered wine regions; Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux. We will take a walk through history while drinking wines from these regions as we unfold the story of French resistance as the German wine Weinführers attempted to pillage the cellars of hundreds of wineries. We'll discuss the history of World War II through the lens of vignerons, the battles that raged inside the country and the power of the French resistance in the world of wine. You will have a new understanding of a unique struggle that occurred in WWII as well as an introduction to three of the most prominent appellations of France. Six different wines, including a reserve Champagne and some special bottles that are not on our wine list, will be sampled in class today.
Sommelier Christophe Bakunas has worked two and half decades in all facets of the wine and spirits world from owning/running a wine bar, producing wines and spirits in three wineries/distilleries on the West Coast to distributing alcohol nationwide as well as in Chicago. Christophe's passion for flavor and sharing knowledge is as strong today as it was 20 years ago. "The greatest gift the wine industry can give is a human awakening to the pleasure of sharing and exploring."
War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine Classes
Friday, October 12, 2018
The Chopping Block at the Mart
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #107, Chicago, IL 60654
You must be 21 or over to attend. Please present valid ID at the time of check-in.
$90 · 1-week cancellation policy