One all-too-brief trip to Paris 14 years ago left me electrified by all things French. From how they embrace food and wine, to the never-ending charm and culture, I’m an unapologetic Francophile. Which is why I’m tickled that Moulin Bistro in Newport Beach recently debuted a wine tasting and education program.
“People come to Moulin for more than French food, they come for a French experience that we aim to deliver on every level,” says Laurent Vrignaud, who created Moulin out of his love for the district of Montmartre in his hometown, Paris. “Our guests have an increased interest in our wine selection, so we decided to create an experience embracing that interest.”
Priced at $29 per person, the interactive courses will guide guests on a tasting journey through seven different growing regions throughout 2016. The inaugural tasting in April spotlighted the Rhone region. During each event, guests will taste between 4 and 6 French wines complemented by Moulin’s cheese and charcuterie boards, and artisan bread. The lesson goes beyond tasting for a deep dive into the growing region itself, touching on terroir, fermentation practices, and the unique nuances of the wine.
Moulin’s tastings and education courses are held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturdays, including:
June 25—Loire Valley
Oct. 22—Rhône Valley
Dec. 17—Loire Valley
1000 North Bristol St.