4 week Tour de France Course (LEEDS)

4 week Tour de France Course (LEEDS)

In celebration of the epic cycling race in France we are embarking on a month-long exploration of some of the world's finest and most famous wine producing regions, all found in our Channel neighbour, France. Will Chris Froome triumph for GB again? Will Mark Cavandish sprint his way to the Green Jersey? Whatever happens in the actual race we're sure that these wines will be winners!

The sheer diversity of styles available, along with the much vaunted concepts such as 'terrior' and slightly baffling wine labelling, mean that many of us feel intimidated or unsure when picking up a bottle of French wine. But nonetheless, us Brits continue our historic love/hate affair with the Gaillic nation and their wines. The prestige of Chablis, Meursault, St Emilion, Chateauneuf du Pape and a whole host of other French wines, means that this is the land which perhaps, more than any other, is associated with so-called 'wine snobs'.

Well, here at Yorkshire Wine School we are not interested in wine snobbery- we are only interested in discovering great tasting wines and learning how to identify them for ourselves. So our tour of France will aim to leave aside the technical jargon by setting the wines in the context of what they mean for the flavours in the glass: teaching you to identify what kind of wine you enjoy and then giving you the confidence to set about picking them for yourself. This is a practical guide to French wines, for people who are keen to learn about wine in a straightforward, no-nonsense way: by tasting it for themselves!

Week 1: Bordeaux (St. Emilion, Margaux, Sauternes and others)

Week 2: Loire and Alsace (Muscadet, Sancerre, Pinot Gris and others)

Week 3: Burgundy (Chablis, Pouilly Fuisse, Beaujolais and others)

Week 4: Rhone (Crozes Hermitage, Gigondas, Chateauneuf du Pape and others)

Each night will consist of a tutored tasting of at least 6 wines, some small nibbles to accompany the wine, full tasting notes and an electronic presentation on the region of the evening.   

Please Note: there is an additional charge per evening of £10 (as well as the £60 course fee) usually payable on the night with cash, cheque or card: still excellent value- only £25.00 each night!


By the end of the 4 Evenings :

  • You will have gained a good understanding of France's major grape varieties and the wine styles they produce.
  • You will have been taught to assess, & taste wine like a true professional, and be able to identify any faults found in wine (e.g. a corked wine).
  • During the 4 Evenings we will have tasted wines from France's major wine regions (Tasting at least 24 wines)
  • Food & wine matching will also have given you a lot of confidence to try new wine pairings with your favourite foods.
  • You will also have developed your sense of smell and wine vocabulary.

Professional ISO tasting glasses, comprehensive tasting notes and some nibbles to help compare food groups with wine are provided


This course runs on 4 consectutive Thursday evenings commencing on 21st Feb and finishing on the 14th March. Tastings start at 7pm and run for approx 2 hours, finishing 9pm.


Our venue is the Radisson Blu located in The Light complex, on the Headrow, in the centre of Leeds; only a few hundred yards from the central train station and major bus routes. See our Venue Page for more details.

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Course Date/Time: Thu 21st Feb 2019 at 7pm-9pm

Duration: 2 hours

Venue: Radisson Blu, The Headrow Leeds

Event Price: £60.00







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