French Classics Seminar Recap: 2017 Whistler Cornucopia

Diana Chan December 1, 2017 Event, Whistler, winery

One of the dangers of being really, really good at something is that people start taking you for granted because you make it look easy. This seminar at Cornucopia is a reminder of why certain French wines are considered benchmarks by winemakers around the world.

Rachelle Goudreau lead a guided tasting of a range of classic French wines at this seminar from diverse regions:

  • Pierre Paillard Champagne
  • Chateau de Sancerre
  • Garnier Chablis
  • Joseph Drouhin La Foret Pinot Noir
  • Chateay Argadens Rouge AOC Bordeau Superieur
  • Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone
  • Louis Bernard Chateauneuf du Pape

The seminar was 1 hour long and was standing only unlike some other seminars.

Pierre Paillard Champagne – Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru 

This is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Aged 4 years and it’s a pretty good value for the price. One of our favourites for the evening as it has aromas of toasted bread, pear nectar and honey. It pairs well with Brioche, cheese, poultry and fish.

Chateau de Sancerre

This is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and is a pale straw colour with green highlights. The nose is classic with pronounced herbal notes and fresh citrus.

Subtle fruit flavours and crisp acidity are balanced by a nice mineral undertone.

Garnier Chablis

This is 100% Chardonnary from the Northern most area of Burgundy. It is pale yellow in colour. Very ripe fruity nose offering up slightly exotic notes. Full, rich palate showing more of the same fruit.

Joseph Drouhin La Foret Pinot Noir

This is ruby red in colour and has a nose of cherries and blackberries. This would pair so nicely with lamb or beef. Anything meaty is good.

Chateay Argadens Rouge AOC Bordeau Superieur

This red wine has notes of blackberry, fig, and spices. Pairs well with meats like pork chops or steak.

Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone

We could taste blackberries, cherries and plums with seamless layers of spice throughout.

Louis Bernard Chateauneuf du Pape

With hints of strawberries, dark plums and cinnamon, it was an good wine.

Final Thoughts

I am pretty used to BC wines, so having a taste of Classic French wines was a nice touch to open up my tastebuds to wines from the other side of the world. The downside of this seminar was only 1 hour and it was standing only, so it was different that the other seminars.

To learn more about Cornucopia, Whistler’s celebration of food and drink, visit

4010 Whistler Way, Whistler

About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

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