The New York City French Institute Alliance Française mission is to “promote and enhance the knowledge and appreciation of French and Francophone culture, to increase the knowledge of the French language, and to encourage interaction among French, Francophone and American people through programs in education and the arts.” Founded at the turn of 20th century, the French Institute and the Alliance Française de New York operated as two separate organizations, the first promoting French arts, the second teaching French. In 1971 they merged to form what has become one of the largest and most respected centers of French-American activities in the U.S: the French Institute Alliance Française.
Each month—from February through June—Michael Madrigale, Chef Sommelier of Bar Boulud, leads guests through France’s diverse wine-producing regions with a focus on grape varieties / cépages.
This year, FIAF adds a special seventh tasting of Château Smith Haut Lafitte at Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa® at The Plaza, free to those who purchase the whole series!
Purchase the full series, any three specific tastings, or select individual tastings today before tickets sell out!
French Institute: Tour de France Wine Tasting Series
Burgundy, February 1
Rhône Valley, February 22
Bordeaux, March 29
Alsace, April 19
Loire Valley, May 10
Champagne, June 7
For six evenings, attendees will taste wines of each region, discovering how each grape variety’s essential characteristics translate into delicious wines. Guests will also sample some of France’s cheeses and charcuterie, learning how to use specific varieties to pair wines with food. With the help of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, Mr. Madrigale will lead wine lovers on an unforgettable journey.