Wine Club Tasting April 21: Languedoc-Roussillon

Explore the vast and varied Languedoc-Roussillon, from crystalline beaches to craggy mountains, and discover the small, independent family wineries that dot the landscape.

The regions of Languedoc and Roussillon are coastal Mediterranean areas in the South of France, stretching from Provence to the Pyrenees at the Spanish border. On a map, the area doesn’t appear formidable, yet one in every three appellation-designated French wines are produced here.

Hoke Harden will be your guide and sommelier. He is a Certified Specialist of Wine, attended the  FWS Master Program for Vins de Provence and the Maison de Rosé, is a US Ambassador for Pineau des Charentes, and a BNIC Certified Cognac Educator.

We will be tasting:

•  Domaine Delsol Picpoul de Pinet
•  Château La Baronne Les Chemins Blanc, Corbières
•  La Sarabande Pig Orange, Faugères
•  Mont de Marie Aramonix, VdF
•  Fitou, Château de Ségure
•  Domaine La Bosque Saint-Chinian, La Regalade

•  Domaine Courbissac Minervois Les Traverse
• Domaine Danjou-Banessy Roboul, Côtes Catalane

The Alliance Wine Club meets monthly,
usually on the third Sunday of the month.
(And for the occasional bonus event.)

Taste wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon on Sunday, April 21, from 3:30-5:30 at the Alliance Française, 1425 SW 20th Avenue, Portland 97201.

General admission is $45, with a $5 discount automatically applied for current Alliance members.

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The Cuilleron estate, located in Verlieu, a hamlet of Chavanay just south of Condrieu, is one of the benchmark producers of the Rhone. Proprietor Yves Cuilleron makes an assortment of wines from multiple appellations, including Condrieu, Saint Péray, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, and a range of terrific varietally labelled Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes. First founded in 1920, Yves Cuilleron’s grandfather began bottling his own wine in 1947. Yves’ uncle Antoine ran the winery from 1960 to 1987 and acquired eight hectares of vineyards in the Condrieu appellation, making them one of the more significant estates in the area. Yves took over the family domaine in 1987, added vineyards, and built a new winery and aging facility.



Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office. After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.


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