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March meeting: Wine Tasting

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 –

The March monthly meeting will feature a wine lesson and tasting by a Lyonnais oenologist and one of our very own WPNG members!

**NOTE: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by Sunday March 4th!  Spaces are limited to 48 participants, so please email info@wpng.org no later than Sunday, March 4th.  and put “Registration – Wine tasting” in the subject line to RSVP.  We also ask for a €5 contribution at the door to pay for expenses.**

Many of us have enjoyed familiarizing ourselves with one of France’s most enjoyable and well-known products – the incomparable French wine.  Surrounded by a thriving wine culture, some of us may have even wanted or begun to learn how to correctly taste wine, what makes French wine unique, and even the peculiarities of wine from different regions.  For the next monthly meeting, Lyon-based oenologist Hugues Mialhe and WPNG member Shannon (Blake) Tesseyre are joining together to present a wine lesson and tasting.

Hugues Mialhe (http://www.coursdoenologie.fr/), our first guest speaker, might have a passion for wine in his blood: His great grandfather created spirits (pastis Gaillard!) and was a wine merchant in the south of France.  Following the family trade, Hugues became a certified French oenologist (Masters degree equivalent) in 2002, and he has helped to vinify 8 vintages all over France (such as Châteauneuf du Pape, Alsace, and Beaujolais), in Switzerland, and in the Californian Russian River Valley.  In 2008, Hugues started focused on selling French wine and teaching about French vineyards.  Hugues helped create the first French Wine Society handbooks (in Washington, DC, USA), edited the “French wine scholar level” manuals, and was event coordinator for the FWS from September 2008 to July 2009.

Shannon Tesseyre (what-the-french.posterous.com) is a California girl, born and raised in the United States.  She developed a passion for wine after turning 21 and wanting to compare French and California Cabernet Sauvignon.  She quickly realized that she would have to study (and taste) her way through the world of wine.  This spark brought Shannon to her first level sommelier test where she passed the blind tasting and written exam with ease.  She then began to host wine tastings and work in restaurants, where her interest in French wines grew.  Finally, three years ago, inspired by the possibility of living and breathing in the French wine culture, Shannon bought a one-way plane ticket to France.  She is now married to a French man and living full-time in Lyon.  She dreams of opening an international wine bar but for the moment enjoys doing private wine tastings and learning as much as possible.  Shannon is thrilled to collaborate with Hugues and light the same love for French wine in her fellow WPNG members at the March meeting.

The Steering Committee is thrilled at the unique partnership of Hugues and Shannon and hopes you’ll join us for this exceptional meeting.  Please register your intention to attend and pay 5€ for the pleasure.  Exceptionally cash will be accepted, and you can bring your contribution and pay at the door.  Logistically, we cannot exceed 45-50 participants, so reserve your place no later than Sunday, March 4th.  To register, please send an e-mail to info@wpng.org and put “Registration – Wine tasting” in the subject line.

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