Palate Partners is excited to announce our first ever Wine Tour de France. This twelve-part wine course series offers an in-depth exploration of a different French wine region every month. Come learn about twelve historic regions of one of the greatest wine-producing countries in the world while tasting fine wines curated by our expert Sommelier.
The standard price per class in this series is $55. We are thrilled to offer multi-class packages at a discounted price. Each Tour de France class is its own stand-alone lesson which includes a comprehensive analysis of that month’s wine region as well as a sampling of six wines hand-selected by our in-house Certified Sommelier from that region. Join us for three, six, or all twelve sessions!
• $150 - 3 class pack •
• $270 - 6 class pack •
• SOLD OUT- 12 class pack •
*all class prices are per-person, class packs may not be split or shared.
Contact us at or call 412.391.8502 to purchase your package today!
EXPLORE THE SERIES
January 17th, 2019
In the first stage of the tour, we'll do a deep dive into the wines of Alsace, a region in eastern France that has historically been linked to its neighbor, Germany. Alsace produces some of the most complex and interesting white wines in all of France -- but the story doesn't stop there. Learn the history, geography, and so much more about Alsace as you taste and learn!
February 7th, 2019
In this second stage of our Tour de France, Bordeaux is the region in question. Majestic and powerful red wines, classic whites, and some of the most long-lived and exquisite sweet wines all come from this magnificent pocket of France. Join us as we swirl, sniff, and sip our way through a profound exploration of this prestigious wine-growing area!
March 13th, 2019
In this third stage of our wine Tour de France, we'll be covering southwest France! Three specific regions are going to be the topic of our discussion this time around: Cahors, Madiran, and Jurançon. If you're a fan of big, bold reds, interesting whites, and luscious dessert wines (and who isn't, really?), you'll surely find something to love here!
April 16th, 2019
The Loire Valley is the next stage of our 2019 wine Tour de France! Despite its size, the Loire Valley is often overshadowed by other wine-growing regions in France. And that, my friends, is a shame -- so many different grapes grow here, both red and white, to make a dizzying array of styles. Whether you want something bone dry, sparkling, or sweet, the Loire Valley offers something for every wine lover. Come check it out!
May 16th, 2019
Home to the most elegant and long-lived Syrahs in the world, as well as full-bodied whites that spellbind with their opulent perfume, the Northern Rhône Valley embodies both power and grace. Come learn the fascinating story behind the famous Hermitage appellation, enjoy magnificent examples of the region's classic grapes, and so much more in this stop on the Tour!
June 19th, 2019
The sun shines bright in the Languedoc-Roussillon, grapes are healthy and ripen easily, and more and more producers are choosing quality over quantity. Long regarded as the bastion of cheap quaffing wine, the region is undergoing something of a renaissance when it comes to its wines. And the good news is they're still affordable! If you're someone who loves a good bargain, this is the Tour stage that's meant for you.
July 18th, 2019
Sun-drenched vines stretch for miles in Provence, the July stage of our 2019 Tour de France. These days, the word "Provence" is essentially a synonym for "rosé," and for good reason: that's still the number one style of wine produced here! That's just part of the story, though, and this session will take us all throughout Provence to discover more of its charms, its history, and where the future is headed.
August 14th, 2019
Ah, Corsica: l'Ile de Beauté, as they say in France. Our Tour de France is jumping off the mainland and venturing onto the island of Corsica. Like the Languedoc-Roussillon, Corsica was one considered a place for cheap chugging wine and not much else. Today's Corsican wine could be nothing farther from that: refreshing and full-bodied whites, elegant roses, and reds that pack a punch while maintaining finesse.
September 19th, 2019
September in the Southern Rhône?
What a perfect combination! The Tour de France swings through this varied and historic part of France this month, and it's more than just Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The soils, the grapes, and even the wind here are unique and create styles of wine that carry the distinctive stamp of this region -- and often times, they're a bargain.
October 24th, 2019
**SECOND CLASS ADDED**
Many folks have awaited this stop on the Tour de France, and it's for good reason. This is the home of the finest Pinot noirs and Chardonnays in the world, and their majesty is evident in the wines of Burgundy. Learn how monks left their mark on the area, how inheritance has shaped the landscape, and so much more as we unpack these magnificent wines -- with some surprises along the way!
November 21st, 2019
The Tour de France heads south in November to celebrate Beaujolais! While we're here, we're not just settling for the Beaujolais Nouveau that's hitting the shelves today. This is a region creating diverse wines and styles from the Gamay grape, and there's also some white wine to be had. Learn why there's a wine called "Pisse Vieille," how many Beaujolais wines get their unique aromas, and more as we meander through this ravishing region of France.
December 10th, 2019
The final stage of our 2019 Tour de France: Champagne! This is the perfect way to cap off the end of our tour as we celebrate with the magnificent sparkling wines of this classic French region. To be sure, we're going to enjoy different styles of Champagne, but there's more to this spot than sparklers. Figure out why this has been the best place in the world to find your bubbles, why it isn't easy business to make wine here, and much, much more!