Secrets of the Loire

 

SECRETS OF THE LOIRE CLASS

Follow the Loire River — France’s longest and laziest — and you will find some of the world’s most refreshing, food-friendly, gently-priced wine. In the Loire Valley, you have France’s largest production of bubbly outside of Champagne, the world templates for the grapes Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, and reds of remarkable brightness and savoriness.

We will consider a range of key subjects, including why Loire wines are considered among the most versatile, why sommeliers adore the region, why the Loire is considered the epicenter for both the idea of terroir and the natural wine movement, and which Loire wines have surprising ageabiilty.

We will start with Crémant de Loire, the quality sparkling wine that not enough wine enthusiasts know about. Next comes Loire’s well-known favorite, Sancerre, a paragon of grassy pungency and tongue-tingling crispness. We then turn to two excellent Loire reds, Sancerre Rouge and Chinon, which are snappy, charming slingshots of red berry flavor and earth.

In additional to the featured wines being presented, Mark will clue you into a slew of other tempting Loire types, from Muscadet to Vouvray.

And we will cover tasting techniques, decoding the label, and food pairings — including regional favorites such as Crottin de Chavignol (rounds of goat cheese), rillettes (a type of pork pate), and fish in beurre blanc sauce.

Moreover, if you’ve ever been to one of Mark’s presentations, you know it is brimming with humor and his trademark “nuggets” of useful insider information that you won’t find anywhere else.

The cost of the class is $55 per household, and if you want to taste along with Mark, an optional Bevinars wine kit is now available to purchase at Wine.com. 

You are encouraged — but not required — to taste along with Mark. If you wish to buy the accompanying Wine.com wine kit, please do so here as soon as possible after you register below. 

The featured wines are:

  • Crémant de Loire
  • Sancerre
  • Sancerre Rouge
  • Chinon

The specific selection of wine, and its vintage, can vary depending on your location, but all bottles have been personally approved by Mark for their deliciousness and typicity.

If you do not purchase the wines online, you are free to ask a trusted local merchant for their recommendations for the wine types listed above.

Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link and reminders prior to the class. The class fee is non-refundable.

FOUR-WEEK COURSE: The Secrets of the Loire class is part of the four-week Secrets of Iconic Regions 4 (Sept-Oct) course. Register below for the full course (4 classes) and receive a 20% discount on the course. The cost for four classes is $176 per household.

MISS A CLASS, NO PROBLEM: Full course participants may access video recordings of the entire course for two months after the course ends, ideal for those who miss a class or want to watch again. Individual class registrants may request a link to the recording of the relevant class.

FREE GIFT WITH FULL 4-WEEK COURSE: Purchasers of the full course will be mailed a complimentary, limited-edition Bevinars wine glass polishing cloth. Custom-made for Bevinars, the cloth is extra large and made of plush microfiber, perfect for polishing your stemware to a fine sparkle.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Bevinar work?

At least a day before the Zoom event, and also an hour before the event, Bevinars will send you a Zoom link and password to enter the Bevinars event room.

By clicking on the link, you will automatically be prompted to open Zoom and join the class. Everyone is encouraged to join the class a few minutes early to ensure that you have a good connection with Zoom.

What technology is needed?

You will need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. At least a day before the webinar, your Zoom confirmation email will include a link and details on how to join the Zoom webinar.

How can I ask questions of the speaker?

The best way is to use the Q&A function in Zoom. You can also comment through Zoom’s chat function.

How long will it last?

Each webinar is approximately an hour, including Q&A at the end.

Do I need to buy the wines presented?

No, you are free to bring your own bottle or just watch. If you’d like to taste along with the exact wines that we will be presenting (though this is not a prerequisite), these wines are available for purchase through the links above.

What if the wines are not available?

If the any of the featured wines are sold out or not available in your area, use the free service Wine-Searcher.com to find a local wine shop that stocks it. You can also ask a local wine merchant to recommend a wine that is similar in style to the featured selection.

If I purchase the wines, how long do they take to arrive?

Shipping typically takes two days within the continental United States but can be longer for certain destinations. There are date-specific delivery options for your shipment on the final page of check out. If you have any questions about your wine purchase, you can chat live with a Wine.com specialist when you are on that site.

What if the wine does not arrive in time?

We are doing our best to post new events at least a week in advance of the tasting. Alerts will be in the Bevinars newsletter (sign up at the top of page here) and on Bevinars social media. And we have taken pains to choose excellent wines that a merchant stocks in sufficient quantities and can ship quickly.

There is a small chance that shipping during this pandemic can encounter delays. In the unlikely event that your wine does not arrive in time, you can enjoy the wines in the days after the webinar, brimming as you will be with your newfound knowledge.

Do I need a Zoom account to participate?

No, you will not need to register for a Zoom account to join. Simply click to “Join the webinar” via in the link provided. You will be prompted to download and install the Zoom app. Once downloaded, open the Zoom program you will need to give Zoom access to your computer/phone microphone and camera. When you are ready to join the webinar select “Join with Video” and “Join Audio” buttons in the bottom left corner of the Zoom application.

Should I purchase more than one ticket if there are more than one person viewing?

No, that is not necessary. Tickets to this virtual experience are sold per household, if all are viewing on the same device.

What is the refund policy?

All ticket sales are final. We do not offer refunds or exchanges.

Is there a waitlist if the event is sold out?

No, sadly Zoom does not provide this capability yet.

Is Bevinars on social media?

You bet. Follow @Bevinars on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Follow Bevinars’ founder @MarkOldman on Instagram and Twitter and at @MarkOldmanUSA on Facebook.

How do I stay abreast of future Mark Oldman events?

Sign up for the Mark Oldman newsletter in the “Subscribe” box at the top of this page.

Disclaimer

Please drink responsibly. Virtual tasting is open only to those 21-years-of-age and older. By registering for any Bevinars event, you agree to assume any risk that is associated with participating in the event and release Bevinars LLC and its representatives from any and all claims of injury, damage, and loss that may be as a result of participation.

 

SECRETS OF THE LOIRE CLASS

Follow the Loire River — France’s longest and laziest — and you will find some of the world’s most refreshing, food-friendly, gently-priced wine. In the Loire Valley, you have France’s largest production of bubbly outside of Champagne, the world templates for the grapes Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, and reds of remarkable brightness and savoriness.

We will consider a range of key subjects, including why Loire wines are considered among the most versatile, why sommeliers adore the region, why the Loire is considered the epicenter for both the idea of terroir and the natural wine movement, and which Loire wines have surprising ageabiilty.

We will start with Crémant de Loire, the quality sparkling wine that not enough wine enthusiasts know about. Next comes Loire’s well-known favorite, Sancerre, a paragon of grassy pungency and tongue-tingling crispness. We then turn to two excellent Loire reds, Sancerre Rouge and Chinon, which are snappy, charming slingshots of red berry flavor and earth.

In additional to the featured wines being presented, Mark will clue you into a slew of other tempting Loire types, from Muscadet to Vouvray.

And we will cover tasting techniques, decoding the label, and food pairings — including regional favorites such as Crottin de Chavignol (rounds of goat cheese), rillettes (a type of pork pate), and fish in beurre blanc sauce.

Moreover, if you’ve ever been to one of Mark’s presentations, you know it is brimming with humor and his trademark “nuggets” of useful insider information that you won’t find anywhere else.

The cost of the class is $55 per household, and if you want to taste along with Mark, an optional Bevinars wine kit is now available to purchase at Wine.com. 

You are encouraged — but not required — to taste along with Mark. If you wish to buy the accompanying Wine.com wine kit, please do so here as soon as possible after you register below. 

The featured wines are:

  • Crémant de Loire
  • Sancerre
  • Sancerre Rouge
  • Chinon

The specific selection of wine, and its vintage, can vary depending on your location, but all bottles have been personally approved by Mark for their deliciousness and typicity.

If you do not purchase the wines online, you are free to ask a trusted local merchant for their recommendations for the wine types listed above.

Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link and reminders prior to the class. The class fee is non-refundable.

FOUR-WEEK COURSE: The Secrets of the Loire class is part of the four-week Secrets of Iconic Regions 4 (Sept-Oct) course. Register below for the full course (4 classes) and receive a 20% discount on the course. The cost for four classes is $176 per household.

MISS A CLASS, NO PROBLEM: Full course participants may access video recordings of the entire course for two months after the course ends, ideal for those who miss a class or want to watch again. Individual class registrants may request a link to the recording of the relevant class.

FREE GIFT WITH FULL 4-WEEK COURSE: Purchasers of the full course will be mailed a complimentary, limited-edition Bevinars wine glass polishing cloth. Custom-made for Bevinars, the cloth is extra large and made of plush microfiber, perfect for polishing your stemware to a fine sparkle.