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Wine Regions of France and Italy: Bordeaux

A Sommelier's Guide with Erik Segelbaum

Evening Program with Tastings

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0314
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Sommelier Erik Segelbaum

Please Note: This program has a rescheduled date (originally March 13, 2020).

Join Food and Wine magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year Erik Segelbaum in an enjoyable interactive workshop series into the worlds of French and Italian wine, designed to boost the wine IQ of both novices and seasoned aficionados.

In tastings and talks Segelbaum offers new insights, unravels misconceptions, reinvigorates your love of favorite varieties, and guides you in discovering some new ones. He also offers tips on navigating restaurant wine lists, tackling food and wine pairings, and more useful topics for wine lovers.

NOTE: Must be 21 or older to attend this program.



Bordeaux is all about the blend—and the distinctions between wines from the Left Bank and the Right Bank of the Gironde Estuary. Segelbaum explores the grapes of Bordeaux and leads tastings through classic regional blends including white Bordeaux, reds from selected Left- and Right-Bank appellations, and the dessert wines of Sauternes and Barsac. He delves into famous classifications such as the one commissioned in 1855 (which divides parts of the Medoc into First Growth, Second Growth, and subsequent categories) and explains what Grand Cru and Grand Cru Classé mean in a Bordeaux.


Segelbaum holds the designation of Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of fewer than 600 specialists in the world who hold this level of certification. He is the former corporate wine and beverage director for Starr Restaurants, a wine journalist and educator, and chief vinnovation officer of SOMLYAY hospitality and private events consultancy.

Interested in learning about other French and Italian wine regions? View additional rescheduled dates in this series:

Please Note: This program will not have sales at the door.