Virtual Tasting
Wine & Cheese Masterclass: Savor the Flavors of the Southwest of France

LIVE on Zoom and Facebook
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
6:30pm ET
In English

Bracketed by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the Pyrénées, the Corbières, and the Cevennes, the Occitanie region in the south of France is arguably the country’s most diverse in terms of gastronomy and viniculture.

Join us for a special masterclass exploring the variety of wines and cheese produced in this historic region dating back to the Phoenicians and Romans.

Mathilde Bernard, director of Sud de France USA, and Jamal Rayyis, wine journalist and Occitanie expert, will take us on a oeniphile’s tour of the region through a tricolor selection of wines: a white from volcanic soils of Languedoc, a red Marcillac made from the Mansois grape, and a light and crisp rosé from Roussillon.

Baptiste Elhorry, Retail & Operations Manager at the French Cheese Board, will recommend delicious cheese pairings from the region.

In English
45 minutes including Q&A

Featured Wines

  • Domaine du Cros Sang del Pais 2018 Marcillac
  • Domaine d’Aupilhac 2017 Blanc Mont Baudile IGP
  • Laguerre Eos Rosé 2019 Côtes du Roussillon

To sample the wines during the masterclass, order the three-wine kit by June 17 if you are outside the NY metro area and by June 21 for NYC and adjoining areas.

Discounted Price: $70
Includes taxes and delivery. Delivery/shipping fee will be refunded after order is processed.

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Featured Cheese

To sample the cheese during the masterclass, order by June 20.

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Mathilde Bernard

Mathilde Bernard is the Executive Director of the US Branch of Sud de France Développement, the economic development agency for the Occitanie Region in the south of France.

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    • In her position Bernard has worked to increase the renown of the Occitanie Region in the American market, promoting its various offerings. She has spent several years in the food and wine industry and received her Viticulture and Vinification Certification from the American Sommelier Association in New York. Bernard holds a Master degree in International Marketing from ESC Rennes School of Business.

Jamal Rayyis

Jamal Rayyis is a US-based wine writer, educator, and consultant. He is currently the US correspondent for the French wine magazine, Gilbert & Gaillard International.

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    • He is also the author of seven editions of Food & Wine Magazine’s annual Wine Guide (2002–2008), and his work has appeared in numerous other publications. Applying his expertise on Mediterranean wines, Rayyis has been for the past decade an educator for Sud de France, which represents products from the Occitanie region, including the Languedoc, Roussillon, and much of the Sud-Ouest. He is currently writing a monograph on wines of the Middle East.

Baptiste Elhorry

A cheesemonger specialized in French fromages, Baptiste Elhorry is the Retail & Operations Manager at the French Cheese Board, a concept store and educational place located in the heart of Manhattan, and dedicated to the world of French cheeses and dairy products.