With December being such a festive month, we decided to focus on Champagne for this episode. Specifically, we are talking about Grower Champagne which seems to be getting more and more attention both in France and from abroad. We invited Thierry Givone from Wine Tasting in Paris to talk us through the topic.
Founder of Wine tasting in Paris Thierry Givone is both a wine expert and lover who wants to make wine more approachable to international travellers visiting Paris. Burgundy born and raised (which is, of course, the best wine in the word according to him!), Thierry’s first job was working as marketing manager in a French subsidiary of an American group. However, it was not long before he came back to his first love, wine, and combined it with his international experience.
Thierry noticed that the French- especially Parisians- were not very good in sharing their knowledge of wine. As a result, tourists fresh off the plane often have a hard time making sense of it all. Wine Tasting in Paris aims to fix that problem by introducing the basics to tourists who want to enjoy a fun night of wine education.
Thierry’s expert training culminates from time spent at several well regarded wine institutions located around France. They include the following:
- The WSET: Wine and Spirit Education Trust at the Ecole du Vin in Paris (level 2 and 3)
- The Wine School of Bordeaux
- The Wine University of Cotes du Rhone
Thierry is also jury for various French Wine contests like the National Wine contest organised by the Wine and Agriculture Ministry : http://www.concours-agricole.com and for one of the best French Wine Guide Bettane & Desseauve.
Thierry is also a member of the Jury for the final exam of The Cordon Bleu wine program.
In 2018, Thierry has been appointed Official Instructor for Bourgogne wines; He is now part of the 80 wine professionals in the world doing classes and tastings in behalf of the BIVB ( Official Bureau of Burgundy winemakers)
As you can see, Thierry has plenty of knowledge on the topic of wine! We encourage you to make a visit to one of his wine workshops at Wine Tasting in Paris to learn even more.
As always, thank you to today’s guest and you listeners for tuning in or downloading.
Additional thanks to:
Emily Dilling of Paris Paysanne for show notes and web assistance
Son Little for the music we use
As usual, we remind you to drink responsibly.
And finally, I’m going to take just a second to share our favorite iTunes review from the week. This one is from…
Tamara: Light, fun and easy to listen to episodes that explore cocktails and culture. Based in Paris though anyone anywhere that enjoys cocktail talk will get something out of it. 52 Martinis has been on the cocktail beat for over a decade, she knows her cocktails.
We really appreciate getting reviews. While we enjoy doing the podcast and bringing you what we hope is interesting news, getting the reviews not only helps other people discover us, but makes me realize i’m not just shouting into a void and that someone is actually listening. So, please, if you like what we’re doing, drop us a quick review.