The French Cultural Center Offers a Guided Tasting of the Finest Wines
Join the French Cultural Center as they kick off their 2018-2019 season of tastings with panache! For this event, they’re turning their gallery into a stylish tasting lounge, in a first of its kind setup that promises to be the beginning of a new series of tasting events. Sommelier Alexandre Sojfer will lead guide you in comparing five delicious champagnes on their sweetness, domains, and balance of Chardonnay versus Pinot.
Guests will also enjoy a special tasting of Crémant de Limoux, Domaine Collin, sparkling wine produced in Languedoc Roussillon.
Wines will be accompanied with light hors d’oeuvres and bites.
The tasting will start no later than 7:10. Thank you for your understanding.
WHAT YOU WILL BE TASTING
Jacquesson – Cuvée 740 – Extra Brut
The NV Cuvée 740, based on the 2012 vintage, is superb. Rich, ample and creamy, yet with striking translucence, the 740 has it all. A classic Jacquesson Champagne, done in the house’s contemporary style.
Bollinger Brut – Special Cuvée
A blend of current vintage stock with reserve wines aged in magnums, Bollinger’s Special Cuvée is consistently one of the top multi-vintage blends from Champagne.
Le Mesnil Grand Cru – Blanc de Blancs
Le Mesnil is the name of perhaps the best Growers Cooperative Champagne House in all of Champagne. Beginning in 1937, they now draw on the resources of 553 different growers, all of whom have their vineyards in Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, one of just 17 Grand Cru Vineyard (out of 318 vineyards in the region).
Billecart-Salmon – Brut Rosé
Billecart-Salmon believes that an early harvest yields more elegant, delicate champagnes.
Moët & Chandon – Nectar Impérial Demi-Sec
Moët & Chandon has been the champagne of success and glamour since 1743. Renowned for their achievements and legendary pioneering spirit, Moët & Chandon is synonymous with both cherished traditions and modern pleasures and has helped celebrate life’s most triumphant moments for more than 270 years.
ABOUT ALEXANDRE SOJFER
A Paris native, Alexandre is passionate about wine. He became an expert on the subject while working and studying across the globe—from France and England to Hong Kong and, of course, the USA. His dedication to the study of wines granted him immediate success and he became a Certified Sommelier in 2016.
Eataly’s 2nd annual Wine and Cheese Festival will make you say “what New Year’s resolution?”
Guests at this tasting festival will receive an all-access pass to wander through the entire store and taste a variety of artisanal cheeses and 20+ premium wines. At each station, you’ll learn about the characteristics and stories behind each cheese you’re enjoying and every wine you’re sipping directly from passionate experts. Experience an evening as the best of both Italy and New England come together with cheeses and wine sourced from top local and Italian producers.
Don’t miss this indulgent trip to Italy—without ever leaving Boston—for a Winter Wine and Cheese Fest designed by some of the best cheesemongers and sommeliers in the business!
All-Access Bracelets are $60
Ticket includes food sampling and tastings of 15+ cheeses/salumi and 20+ wines.
Due to the nature of the event, Eataly is unable to make menu substitutions to accommodate allergies or dietary restrictions.
All guests planning to consume alcohol must be able to produce valid government-issue identification to prove they are 21 or older.
As the French Cultural Center clears room for a new year of tastings, you have one last chance to taste some of their favorite bottles.
Over the past seven decades the French Cultural Center has had the opportunity to partner with an abundance of fine institutions, vintners, and wine collectors.
And now, it is time again to make room for a new year of tastings. Join them for this fun evening of fine wine, featuring a broad selection of vintners that we know and love. This exceptional tasting will feature six wines, from various domains, regions, and even countries!
This tasting will be led by Certified Sommelier Alexandre Sojfer, resident Sommelier at La Voile Boston.
The event will start no later than 7:10 PM.
ON THE MENU
L’Ameillaud – Vin de Pays de Vaucluse – 2012 – Vaucluse, France
Smoky black and blue fruit scents are complicated by suggestions of licorice and cracked pepper. Focused and chewy on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black currant flavors and a hint of cured meat.
Tinhorn Creek – Merlot – 2010 – South Okanaga, Canada
Established by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families on the South Okanagan’s legendary Golden Mile Bench in 1993, Tinhorn Creek is a very special winegrowing project, comprising 150 acres of spectacular vineyards in two distinct areas, one on either side of the valley.
Domaine Isle Saint Pierre – Cabernet – 2010 – France
Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhone River, just 25km south of Arles and 15km from the sea. The vineyards, planted at the very heart of the Camargue region, stretch over 170 hectares around the island.
Jackson Triggs – Sauvignon Blanc – 2013 – Niagara Estate, Canada
Pale straw colour with a lively nose of gooseberry and lemon; fruit character is replayed on the palate; crisp and dry, with light / medium body.
Réserve Durand – Sauvignon Blanc – 2015 – Sancerre, France
From a small producer in France’s Loire Valley comes this dazzling white wine, rich with grapefruit and gooseberry aromas. The estate boast mature 25-30 year old vines and a mix of chalky, silicious soils.
Château Roc de Ségur – Bordeaux – 2011 – Bordeaux, France
This ripe, smoky, wood-aged wine shows ample fruit as well as solid tannins. The wine has richness and spice, the wood well balanced by black plum and final juiciness.
Toast to the autumn season in true Italian-style: with a glass (or more) of wine in hand!
As the days grow shorter, farmers and artisans alike work tirelessly to fill our plates and our glasses with the riches that their land has to offer. From the olive and grape harvests in Italy to apple picking and corn mazes in New England farms, now is the time of the great harvest.
In honor of the bounty of food and drinks fall brings us, Eataly Boston is celebrating the season with a Fall Wine & Cheese Fest. On September 26, from 5:30-9:00 p.m., gather your friends and join Eataly Boston for a celebration of all things autumn.
For just $60, you will receive an all-access pass to explore all cheeses and cheese-centric bites, along with a wide selection of Italian wines. Let yourself get lost as you explore the food stations throughout marketplace, tasting and sipping as you go.
Tickets are limited, so choose the time that works best for you and reserve your spot at the Fall Wine & Cheese Fest! Tickets are available for 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm or 7 pm to 9 pm. PLUS, 15% off tickets with code FallFest15 at check-out!
Join the French Cultural Center for a wine tasting and dinner with La Voile.
Epicureans rejoice! To kick-off the French Cultural Center’s season of wine tastings, they will explore the lovely wines of Alsace with a wine tasting, followed by a separate three-course pairing dinner.
Come discover the lesser-known wines of Alsace, presented by Alexandre Sojfer, Resident Sommelier at La Voile and 1855 Bar à Vins. Alex will share his expertise working with vineyards from Alsace and why this region’s grounds are so prolific yet less available to the American market than other varietals.
Event in English. Advance RSVP strongly recommended. The general tasting is a standing event – this is not a sit-down seminar. Please email email@example.com to request a seat/chair, if needed.
The following dinner is a sit-down three-course dinner in the French Cultural Center’s Library.
Just in time for the most romantic day of the year and returning by popular demand, “15 Shades of Red” is back!
On February 13, step up your Galentine’s Day festivities (guys welcome, too!) with your best amici or main squeeze as you stroll through the store and explore a full range of vini rossi. Throughout the evening, you will discover over 15 shades of red wine—from blush pink colors of light rosés to the robust hues of full-bodied vino.
And because no wine tasting experience at Eataly is complete without food, Eataly is bringing you an array of Valentine’s Day-themed bites – from local oysters to artisanal cheeses to decadent Italian chocolate.
…we know. Is it February 13 yet? Get your tickets now!
For more about Eataly Boston, please click here.
Galentine’s Day = a celebration of female friendships. Galentine’s Day Party at OAK = a fun night out to celebrate with food, drink & more!
Back for year two! OAK Long Bar + Kitchen and The Food Lens are joining forces again to throw a party for ladies to celebrate the ladies in their lives the day before Valentine’s Day, popularly known as Galentine’s Day. On Thursday, February 13, from 6:00–9:00 PM, join their soirée for a night of sipping, snacking, and sweets—all while supporting a local charity that serves homeless women.
Here’s how they’ll be honoring the ladies:
- With a tasting of standout rosés produced by lady vintners
- With signature Galentine’s themed cocktails
- With a sweets station from OAK’s pastry chef, Lindsay Le Blanc
- With cheese sourced from female purveyors, plus a charcuterie spread
- With delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and a bountiful raw bar
- With a chance to win a gift basket filled with tasty and pampering items from local women-owned businesses
- With a playlist featuring the queens of pop
Tickets are $55 and include all food, two specialty cocktails, the wine tasting, and a charitable monetary donation. *They will donate $10 from your ticket* to Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime shelter on Newbury Street offering a safe sanctuary, nutritious meals and critical support services for Boston women experiencing poverty and homelessness.
“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year!” – Leslie Knope. The holiday was created by the show “Parks and Recreation” and has since transcended the TV screen to become a beloved tradition of celebrating female friendships annually on February 13, whether that be your friend, sister, co-worker, mom, partner, or other!
For more about OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, please click here.
ABOUT THE FOOD LENS
The Food Lens is a curated website that enables the culinarily curious to discover or rediscover Boston’s dining scene. Eternally curious and always hungry, female founders Molly Ford and Sarah Jesup have eaten their way through the city, culling the most authentic dining experiences Boston has to offer.