As the weather slowly begins to warm up, I find myself eagerly filling in my social calendar, plotting out all of the most interesting and exciting events taking place in Toronto this summer. The Bordeaux Wine Council in partnership with the iYellow Wine Club are hosting 4 Bordeaux After Work Parties (June, July, September, and August). With a much more intimate atmosphere than a typical iYellow event, the Bordeaux After Work Parties aim to educate attendees on the mythical Bordeaux region through a fun social event with great food, music, venue, people, and of course fantastic Bordeaux wines! Each event will feature about five different Bordeaux wines (with entry and the first glass free of charge!) being poured by educated wine stewards ready to offer tasting tips and knowledge on the wine and region. The first event, being held on June 7th at Origin, filled up in no time at all, so keep your eyes peeled for an invite for their second event being held on July 19th at Marben.
Being someone who knows very little about Bordeaux wines, and wines of France in general, these events offer the perfect opportunity for me to brush up on my knowledge. Through blogs and the introduction of video blogs, I will take you through my journey of understanding Bordeaux wines step by step. So before I delve into my own understanding of Bordeaux, there are a few steps that you need to take to get caught up to where I am!
Needless to say, step one is signing up for the iYellow Wine Club. The first 100 members of iYellow who RSVP to the Bordeaux After Work Parties will gain free entry as well as a free first glass of wine, and remember, membership to iYellow is FREE! Being a member of iYellow for several years now, I know how well they treat each and every person that comes on board with them. This event is really more of a Wine Clubber Appreciation event, allowing their members to discover this exciting region in an inexpensive, fun, and social way. Sign up for your free membership to the iYellow Wine Club here!
Before you learn the basics of Bordeaux, it's important to have an understanding of the wines of France in general. Brush up on your knowledge of the wines of France with Angela Aiello herself! Follow Ange's Wines of France blogs and video blogs to get a clear and in depth understanding of French wines. Click here to get started!
This is a step I'm sure many of you are familiar with...Wikipedia! Wikipedia, although not always the most reliable source, is a great starting place to get a feel of what you are going to be learning more about. I also suggest jotting down some questions you may have about Bordeaux and their wines so you can walk into your first Bordeaux After Work Party not only confident in the basics, but prepared to learn more!
I would love for this to be a journey that we can go on together, so I 100% encourage discussion in the comment section here! Tell me what you already know about Bordeaux wines and what you would like to learn, and please feel free to ask questions!
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