Wine tasting with Debi at L’Embuscade bar in Tignes is the perfect alternative après ski/early evening event for those not of the high octane activity or boot stomping live music persuasion. (We do have plenty of exciting options to suggest if either of those are your thing though… Check out the Pala’Fou toboggan run for one!). Or if you’re just after something a little different than the usual, this is an educative and fun experience, not to mention delicious. If you’re very well behaved Debi may even let you drink the wine, rather than spit it away into the spit bucket.
During the autumn of 2016 Debi studied the four day “Inititation de Technique de Degustation du Vin” course at Suze-La-Rousse, The University of Wine, in the Rhone Valley in South East France. The course name translates as “Introduction to the technique of Wine Tasting”, and is the first step taken on the long path of study (literally years) to becoming a professional sommelier or œnologist.
The “basic” wine tasting session that Debi does lasts for about an hour and a half and covers 3 whites and 3 reds, all French, and all tasted blind. “It’s simply to avoid people letting their preconceived ideas regarding grape variety, vineyard, vintage or anything else getting in the way of what they’re actually tasting.” she explained. “Honestly, it’s amazing how often people are surprised when they see the label, or find out what grape it was. And that’s exactly the point- it’s a wine tasting, not a wine bottle label reading that we’re doing!” Personally I was unfamiliar with how to properly taste wine, and Debi was a fantastic guide throughout the entire process.
it’s amazing how often people are surprised when they see the label, or find out what grape it was. And that’s exactly the point- it’s a wine tasting, not a wine bottle label reading that we’re doing!
I don’t want to give too much away regarding how tasting session is run, but I can tell you that Debi manages to employ the perfect balance of educator, facilitator and hostess. I am sure that, for our inexperienced group she was only touching on the knowledge that she possesses, and for the more experienced wino a more in depth tasting would be provided. Personally, what I loved most from the session was hearing all the stories that Debi has collected about the history of ancient grape varieties, the vineyards, the history of the people involved and their passion for what they do. You can hear the passion she has for wine in the way she talks about it as well, and it’s infectious.
L’Embuscade is the perfect setting for wine tasting. It’s a cosy, bright and friendly bar, located centrally in Tignes just at the end of the Rue De La Poste. At this time of year you can sit out and enjoy the sunshine on their terrace, which just happens to have one of the best views in Tignes looking directly across the Lac towards The Fingers. With the sun setting later into the evening every day now you could even talk to Debi about holding a wine tasting outdoors.
The “basic” wine tasting is served with local cheese and saucisson. You can ask for a more bespoke tasting according to interests or wine region, and Debi can even provide food pairing to accompany the wine. If you’re interested in rum, a rum tasting can also be organised. I haven’t made it back there for that yet, but certainly intend to soon! Wine tasting can be booked from Monday to Wednesday between 5pm and 8pm. Prices start from 20€ per person with a maximum of 8 people per group.
To book contact L’Embuscade by telephone 07 64 09 64 92, and check out their facebook page for more info on events and happy hour promotions throughout the week.