Psst, Here's Your Chance to Try Standout French Wines + Cheeses From the Country's Different Regions

And you can opt to join the event in-person or from home!

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(SPOT.ph) The French have a special place in their hearts for all things food, what with France's rich culinary traditions and heritage that come through in their many stellar dishes and distinctive food products. Of these, of course, are wine and cheese, both of which are of great importance in the country—be it as individual categories, or as paired together! Numerous regions around France have their own wines and cheeses with their own distinguishing flavor profiles, history, and ways of being made; it's a rabbithole, but a real riveting (and tasty!) one at that. If you're looking to explore just how diverse and multifaceted the world of French wines and cheeses can be without having to leave Manila, you'll want to mark your calendars for the upcoming Grand French Wine and Cheese Tour—a series of physical and virtual events hosted by The Tasting Club along with the French Chamber of Commerce in The Philippines, the Alliance Française de Manille, and Society Lounge.

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Try some of the best French wine and cheese from different parts of the country at this upcoming event:

The Grand French Wine and Cheese Tour zooms into the distinguishing wines and cheeses of the different regions of France, with every run focusing on one particular region and being held on the first Saturday of the month. The Tasting Club's first stop? The Loire Valley—a.k.a. the region located in the middle stretch of the Loire River and dubbed the "garden of France" thanks to its many vineyards. This first run takes place at 5 p.m. on March 5, with a physical event (P2,000/head) held at Society Lounge in Makati—do make sure to bring your vaccination and/or booster cards if so. But you can still hop on the journey from home as you can also purchase a tasting kit (cheese platters go for P1,200 and are good for one to two; wines are sold by the bottle and start at P900), and watch as they hold its online counterpart via Zoom and Facebook live!

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To highlight the diversity of the region, they're letting you try a number of classic wines (from a range of classic grape varieties) as well as cheeses. The session begins with the chenin blanc-based sparkling wine Brut de Schistes, Domaine Ogereau, AOC Crémant de Loire paired with Allumettes au Fromage—think French-style puff pastry sticks with cheese. From there, it's a ride as you get to try the chenin blanc-based dry white wine Le Grand Caillou 2020, Patient Cottat, IGP Val de Loire paired with the semi-soft, creamy Saint Paulin cheese plus truffle honey; the sauvignon blanc-based dry white wine Petit Fumé 2019, Michel Redde & Fils, AOC Pouilly-Fumé paired with the ash-coated goat cheese log known as Sainte-Maure de Touraine; the cabernet franc-based dry rosé Chinon Rosé 2020, Domaine Bernard Baudry, AOC Chinon  paired with Les Rillettes de Tours and Cornichons, a rich slow-cooked meat spread plus tiny French-style pickles; and the cabernet franc-based fruity red wine Clos Mazurique 2020, Domaine Arnaud Lambert, AOC Saumur-Champigny paired with the creamy and ever-so-subtly pungent Vieux Pané cheese.

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The Tasting Club is letting you sample and learn more about some of the Loire Valley's most distinctive cheeses...
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...Paired with some of their best-known wines.
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You'll want to pay attention not only to how the wines and cheeses taste by themselves, but also how they go together—after all, pairing the right wines with the right cheeses can have them bring the best out of one another! And apart from getting to taste some of the region's best, you'll be learning about the stories behind these wines and cheeses as well as the optimal ways to consume them so you experience them at their best. Leave your intimidation at the door—the folks of The Tasting Club are a real friendly bunch—and come with an open mind, you'll walk away not just with happy taste buds but also an enriched mind and enlightened soul. Just head over to The Tasting Club's website to place a reservation.

The Tasting Club is a group that holds food and drink tasting events around Manila, owned by French wine connoisseur Kevin Charuel and his partner Adrienne.

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For reservations and inquiries, visit The Tasting Club's website. For more information, check out The Tasting Club's Facebook page.

Main image from Shutterstock; used for illustrative purposes only.

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