tablehopper Tasting at Café des Amis: The Wines of the Languedoc


Minervois; photo courtesy of CIVL.


It has been far too long since the last tablehopper wine tasting, so I am happy to announce this upcoming tablehopper wine tasting and class in conjunction with the CIVL (the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc, the joint trade council of the AOC wines of Languedoc). We will be tasting a variety of appellations from the Languedoc, and the very talented Josiah Baldivino, currently the head sommelier at MICHAEL MINA, will be leading the tasting.

This Saturday afternoon event will be in the swanky private room of Café des Amis in Cow Hollow, starting with a reception at 2pm, and then we’ll sit down at 2:30pm for the tasting and education session (and Q&A) until 4pm or so—knowing how everyone likes to taste and talk, it will probably run a bit later. Some light hors d’oeuvres will be served during the reception (including green bean beignets and mini versions of my latest obsession at Café des Amis: the French dog!), but it won’t be a replacement for lunch, just FYI.

Did you know the Languedoc-Roussillon region is the largest wine-growing region in the world? It extends along the Mediterranean from the Rhône Delta down to the foot of the Pyrenees. It’s not only the largest wine-growing region, but is also one of the oldest, so there will be much to learn and taste.

Josiah will lead an overview of Languedoc history, climate, cuisine, and culture before delving deeper into the details about the Languedoc growing regions and grapes. As for the wines, we’ll be pouring a variety, from a sparkling wine from Limoux to a white from Clairette to a red from Minervois, including these wines:

  • Antech “Brut Nature” Blanquette de Limoux
  • 2010 Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet
  • 2010 Château de la Negly “La Brise Marine” Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc
  • 2011 Château Viranel “Tradition” Saint Chinian Rosé
  • 2008 Domaine du Trillol Corbières
  • 2009 Château Rigaud Faugères
  • 2009 Domaine Grès St-Paul “Antonin” Coteaux du Languedoc
  • 2010 L’Olivier de la Rèze Minervois
  • Les Petits Grains Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois

There will be plenty to taste, or this wouldn’t be a tablehopper event, ahem. There will also be tips on how to taste wine, and some food and wine pairing pointers with these delicious wines (Josiah passed the advanced sommelier exam last August, so he’ll have a great deal of expert insight for us).

Tickets are $35. Seats are limited (40 total), so get your ticket sooner rather than later.

This special event is a kickoff to L’Aventure Languedoc, from May 1st to May 31st, a month-long and citywide promotion of Languedoc wines at a variety of restaurants and wine shops in San Francisco.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no ticket refunds if you can’t make it to the event (unless we can fill your place, but there are no guarantees about being able to do that).

Also, there is a trade tasting on Monday April 2nd at the Westin St. Francis from 1pm-4pm. Register here.

Event Info

Saturday Apr 28, 2012
Café des Amis
2000 Union St. at Buchanan, San Francisco