Class two of The Wishing Well’s Eurotour wine series was nothing short of fantastic, as we moved along from Portugal and Spain to France.
In addition to the geographical change, we added a few wines to the repertoire, and went from 17 wines in the last class to a whopping 20 this time.
Yes, we tasted 20 wines, and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy.
Okay I lied. It was delightful. Every single drop.
So the class spanned from the Pyrenees to the Cote d’Azur. Here’s a quick look at all of the wines we tasted during the class:
Clos la Coutale Cahors 2012
Chateau Montus Madiran 2001
Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon 2012
Michel Chapoutier “Les Vignes de Bila-Haut” Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2012
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres 2012
Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne IGP 2013
Jean-Benoit Chateau Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc 2012
Jean-Benoit La Grange de Lascaux Languedoc Rouge 2012
Chateau des Deux Rocs “Premices” Lnaguedoc Cabrieres 2012
Jean-Baptiste Granier “Sarl les Vignes Oubliees” Terrasses du Larzac Coteaux du Languedoc 2011
Domaine d’Aupilhac “Les Cocalieres” Languedoc Blanc 2013
Domaine d’Aupilhac Montpeyroux Languedoc 2012
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup “Cuvee Sainte Agnes” Languedoc Blanc 2012
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup “Tour de Pierres” Pic Saint Loup 2012
Jean-Benoit Chateau de Lascaux “Carra” Pic Saint Loup 2013
Chateau Pas de Cerf Rose Cotes du Provence 2013
Domaine Gros Nore Bandol Blanc 2012
Domaine Gros Nore Bandol Rose 2013
Domaine Gros Nore Bnadol Rouge 2012
Hopefully I spelled those all right, but if I didn’t, please don’t judge.
Onto the food…
The first course Chef Patrick Longton served was a Duck Cassoulet with bacon and white beans -
So something I’ve noticed the past two weeks during wine classes is that I literally devour every course that’s served, but when I look around, everyone else has only eaten like half of their dishes. I don’t know if they’re trying to eat light because they want to save more room for wine, but it doesn’t make any sense to me since everything that’s put in front of us is undeniably delicious.
Maybe it’s just because I’m a beast? Could be.
Anyway, the crunchy panko on top was just a textural layer to blanket the soft, delicate duck smothered in a warm, succulent sauce with notes of bacon and earthy white beans.
Then a second course was served, a traditional french bouillabaisse with scallops, shrimp, and haddock in a tomato saffron broth -
This might be categorized as the greatest thing I’ve ever eaten at The Wishing Well. Regardless of the portion size, every drop of that saffron broth made my taste buds sing. The smooth yet light flavors combined with the differing textures of the shrimp, haddock and scallops created simply the perfect bouillabaisse. I seriously could not have asked for something more perfect.
Finally, we finished this wine class off with a decadent dessert, a chocolate coconut mousse parfair with strawberry and raspberry jam -
OH MY GAH! How pretty does it look? I know – I really feel like I should make more desserts in glassware like this.
Okay but the chocolate was a nice, fluffy chocolate mousse and the coconut notes were subtle and smooth. This dessert mixed with the final wines equaled perfection. The strawberry and raspberry jams added a full-bodied richness to the red wines that finished the meal off on a sweet note without all of the residual sugars of a dessert wine.
There’s no wine class this week, but we’ll pick back up next week with Germany and Austria on February 26th!
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I hope to see you next week! xoxo