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    Jura & Savoie

    Vin Jaune: Time in a Bottle

    Vin Jaune is Jura’s claim to fame! This stylized wine product is made from Savagnin [Blanc] and represents a wine that has undergone controlled oxidation in barrel through the action of a film of surface yeasts.

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    Jura Who's Who with Wink Lorch

    Abstract:

    Tissot, Overnoy, Puffeney, Macle… These are the producer names that have been on Jura aficionados’ lips since the little eastern French region started emerging onto export markets.

    But, they are far from the only winemakers who matter there, and even with these there’s more to their story than their name on the label suggests.

    Join us for a delve into history looking at the people who made Jura what it is today along with a glance at who’s making waves and why.

    Presenter: Wink Lorch

    Wink is a wine writer and educator from the UK, who lives part of her time in the French Alps.

    For over 25 years she has taught, entertained and written about wines of the world, contributing to many books and journals.

    She has been a member of the Circle of Wine Writers for many years and is currently editor of its newsletter.

    She was a founder and first chairman of the UK-based Association of Wine Educators, taught for over a decade on the WSET’s Diploma course and regularly speaks at seminars, especially on her speciality subject, the Jura.

    Her first book, Jura Wine, was self-published in March 2014 and won the prize for best wine book in the 2014 André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards as well as being shortlisted for best book in the 2014 Louis Roederer Wine Writers' Awards. She is currently preparing a second book on wines of the French Alps, including Savoie and Bugey.

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    Jura's food and drink specialities

    As everywhere, it is the nature of the geography that most influences the food and drink traditions of the Jura and Franche-Comté. The diverse landscape of mountains, dense forests, high meadows, vineyards, lakes and the river plain have all shaped what the local population ate and drank. Franche-Comté’s gastronomy has much in common with that of Switzerland’s western cantons, but there are subtle differences. 

    Most of the rural population in the mountains and on the plain lived from their dairy cows and pigs, so the principal specialities are the wonderfully rich cows’ milk cheeses from unpasteurized milk and tasty pork sausages and charcuterie. The sausages and meats are smoked by hanging in a tuyé, a very large pyramidal chimney over the fire, burning wood from conifers.

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    Jura Ins & Outs with Wink Lorch

    Abstract:

    The tiny wine region of Jura in eastern France has leapt to fame in the last five years with its wines finally appearing on export markets around the world.

    Famous in its home country for its unique Vin Jaune, the region produces an extraordinary diversity of wine styles from pale reds, through minerally dry whites to oxidative whites, sparkling, sweet and fortified, all from just five grape varieties.

    Wink Lorch, the author of the definitive book on the region, Jura Wine, will explain how this myriad of wine styles has evolved through the ages, along with discussing the varieties, the terroir and comparisons with its close neighbour, Burgundy.

    She will also reveal the basics of making, serving and tasting the unusual Vin Jaune and why the Jura has become the one of the go-to regions for those seeking authentic, organic wines.

     

    Presenter: Wink Lorch

    Wink is a wine writer and educator from the UK, who lives part of her time in the French Alps.

    For over 25 years she has taught, entertained and written about wines of the world, contributing to many books and journals.

    She has been a member of the Circle of Wine Writers for many years and is currently editor of its newsletter.

    She was a founder and first chairman of the UK-based Association of Wine Educators, taught for over a decade on the WSET’s Diploma course and regularly speaks at seminars, especially on her speciality subject, the Jura.

    Her first book, Jura Wine, was self-published in March 2014 and won the prize for best wine book in the 2014 André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards as well as being shortlisted for best book in the 2014 Louis Roederer Wine Writers' Awards. She is currently preparing a second book on wines of the French Alps, including Savoie and Bugey.

     

    Learn more abour Jura wines:

    Learn more about Jura Wine by joining our French Wines Study program.

     

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    The Wines of the Jura with Jean-Louis Carbonnier

    This isolated mountainous region located in eastern France produces a wide variety of wines--white, jaune, rosé, red, sparkling and sweet-- incorporating some unusual grapes such as Savagnin, Poulsard and Trousseau. Jura’s distinctiveness is what made the Arbois AOC one of first recognized by the INAO. Find out what makes the wines of this region so unique!

    Instructor: Jean-Louis Carbonnier, Carbonnier Communications

    Jean- Louis Carbonnier is the founder of Carbonnier Communications, a marketing and public relations consultancy specializing in terroir and artisan products. Jean-Louis is the United States PR for the Jura and Cahors Wine Organisations.

    His other clients include Château Palmer, Adams French Vineyards, the Bureau National of Cognac and the Comté Cheese Association. Prior to establishing Carbonnier Communications, Jean-Louis was the US representative and spokesperson of the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne - the Champagne houses and growers' organization - for over ten years.

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    Learn about the complex and fascinating wines of Jura with the French Wine Scholar study and certification program.

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