A verdict on the GiraMondo events?

While flipping through the Upcoming! events I noticed a few wine tastings done by an organization called GiraMondo wine adventures. A lot of wine is lost on me – I’m more a hops & barley man if you get my drift – but I do love me the bubbly. So their “Wines of Summer: Champagne and Other Bubbles” strikes my fancy.

Now normally I’m the cheap one, but my darling girlfriend balked at the just-under $60 a ticket price. I think it’s potentially reasonable – how cheaply could you buy eight bottles of champagne to sample normally? Never having attended one of their events, though, for all I know it’ll be a mouthful of eight different kinds of $7 Cava from Trader Joes.

So, have any of our readers gone to one of their events? Are they well run and do they seem to have a good assortment to sample?

1 Comment so far

  1. Laurent Guinand (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    Dear Don: I do not believe it would be appropriate for me to comment on the quality of GiraMondo’s events because I design and conduct these events. However I can tell you what I served last year for the same event. It was a little bit less expensive with only 6 sparkling wines including:
    – Prosecco Zardetto (Italy)
    – Gruet Rose (New Mexico)
    – Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir (Sonoma)
    – Champagne Nicolas Feuillate (France)
    – Ferrari Spumante Brut (Italy)
    – Champagne Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label (France)

    As you can see, there was no $7 cava from Trader Joes. You can expect something similar this year. In addition to my class, I am bringing the Champagne maker from Janisson (France) who will comment on Champagne making in different parts of the world. You can therefore expect to taste at least one or two Janisson amongst the 8 sparkling wines. You also have food at the end of the tasting. Hope this helps.

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