Wine Classes at Bijoux in Dallas: First Up, Bordeaux

My four wines stand at attention on my tasting sheet.

The Bordeaux region of France is one of the great wine producing regions of the world. However, language differences and an arcane classification system can make it difficult for new wine enthusiasts to come to grips with the wines. Where do you turn for reliable, informed advice free from commercial bias? One answer is top-rated Dallas restaurant Bijoux where sommelier and co-owner Gina Gottlich is running a series of tasting classes focused on major wine regions of the world. Last Friday, I was a guest at the Bordeaux class. We tasted four wines while Gina talked about each one and provided a slide show to explain maps, grapes and winemaking. The wines were carefully chosen to illustrate the different types of wines produced in the region.

The Cliff Notes are below.

We started with a dry white, went through Merlot-based and Cabernet Sauvignon-based reds, and  finished with a dessert (sweet) wine.

The first canapé was a deconstructed Greek salad. That is spherified feta cheese on top of cucumber, red onion, and tomato. It was served with the 2009 Château de Parenchère, Bordeaux Blanc. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that adds up to one classy dry white for this salad or fish or poultry.
Pickled ramp and scallop with pancetta jus. This was served with 2006 Château Cordeillan-Bages, Pauillac. A good example of a Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux wine.

After the class Bijoux Chef and co-owner Scott Gottlich served four canapés to accompany the four wines so that we could see how they went with food.

I recommend these classes for the beginner who wants to learn the practical side of wine in a comfortable environment where questions are welcomed.

Bijoux’s wine classes can be reserved by calling the restaurant at 214-350-6100. Cost is around $40 per class and includes wine, food, materials, tax and tip.


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One comment on “Wine Classes at Bijoux in Dallas: First Up, Bordeaux

  1. It all looks so delish and the class sounds fine also. I’m sorry I missed it. A good article. I’ll try to take one a class or two in the future.