Virtual Class Series with James Sligh!

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When James Sligh reached out to us at Chambers Street to partner up for an interactive virtual wine class series, we knew it would be a great fit! James has been a frequent customer and friend of the shop for quite some time now, and his experience in the industry, not to mention his time spent working alongside Pascaline Lepeltier at Rouge Tomate, helped align his philosophy on winegrowing with ours. James began, as many of us in this business do, as a 'cellar-rat' (an endearing term for someone who organizes and fetches wine bottles for a restaurant) at Pearl & Ash, before working his way up to the floor as a sommelier. Before this, however, James honed his skills as an educator of language and music (and what is wine, if not a beautiful language to learn?) which he carried on to the inventive classes being held for industry and amateurs alike over at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. Perhaps most encouraging, are his efforts this summer, alongside Jirka Jireh, to open up the often exclusive (read: excluding) world of wine to BIPOC beverage professionals,  together creating the series, 'Industry Sessions'.   Today we are thrilled to introduce James' newest educational series with wines from underrepresented regions and grape varieties!  

 

There are more great wines being made in more places in the world than a wine professional in my shoes thirty years ago could have dreamed of. 

This is more a question of rediscovery than of novelty. Growers on both sides of the world are reanimating the soils of regions with centuries of history that have been misunderstood, or sidelined. Often, they’re putting their wines into bottle and shipping them overseas for the first time. And in many places, all of this has happened within the last two decades.

On the one hand: farming the way your grandfather did, or reviving premodern winemaking traditions. On the other: people who tradition has locked out of winemaking, land ownership, and compensation for their labor, fighting for, and gaining, access.

I got into wine because I found you can see the entire world through it. What do you want to think about? Geology? History? Culture, chemistry, hedonism, ethical philosophy? It’s all in the glass.

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A few years ago, I started hand-drawing maps to help me explain wine regions to people. How, if you just looked at where the ground changed and the water flowed and if you knew what the weather was like, and where the money was — you could see how these places made sense. 

These days, that kind of travel has to be in large part virtual. I used to be able to do this behind a bar, on the floor, in a retail shop. But even through a screen, I love helping people drink in context, express their likes and dislikes more confidently, understand why the thing in their glass is doing what it’s doing, who made it, and what their story is. 

Some of these classes are deep dives and detailed regional explorations. Others are pitched to those of you who want to more casually explore new grape varieties or wine styles and have some wines to pair with dinner. 

Either way, I hope you’ll find something in each week’s slate of class topics that sparks curiosity, and looks delicious.

- James

 

**orders must be received by Sept. 14th to guarantee arrival in time**

Children's Atlas of Wine Catalunya,Roussillon,Corbieres

National borders can get in the way of us seeing what wine regions have to say to one another. We'll drink our way up the Mediterranean coast to find out why Roussillon and Catalunya speak the same language, why Corbières is the freshest part of the Languedoc, and just how many colors of grenache there are. It's a zone where we'll find an awful lot of value, a young generation making moves, and brighter, more vibrant wines than you might expect given the climate.

**Order this kit to join this virtual class with James Sligh on Sep. 24th at 6:30PM EST. Each kit includes three bottles of wine, class materials, and an email with pairing suggestions, a weekly playlist, and a link to the Zoom tasting.**

  • ad-hoc combo box
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $108.00

Drink with James Not Red, Not White..

Wine color is a myth. The idea of a couple of boxes that all wine can be sorted into? We made it all up.What if we thought of wine styles as sitting on a spectrum, one shading into the next? You don't even have to that far back in time to find a world where this would have been the rule, not the exception. But it's not just history. Today, in our present moment of rediscovery and experimentation, wine styles that are somewhere in between can be the perfect balm for the moment, and answer to a changing season. Age-worthy pink wines? Wines that are amber, or salmon, or rose gold, or brick-colored? We'll taste a few of my absolute favorites, learn how they got that way, and explore how they can help us deal with our own indefinite present.

**Order this kit to join this virtual class with James Sligh on Sep. 26th at 5pmEST. Each kit includes three bottles of wine, class materials, and an email with pairing suggestions, a weekly playlist, and a link to the Zoom tasting.**

  • ad-hoc combo box
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $108.00

Deep Dive 'Give Pais a Chance'

It was carried across the Atlantic in the holds of Spanish ships setting off from the Canaries. The first vines in Chile; the first vineyards of California. Pais has many names: listan prieto, criolla chica, mission. It's been looked down on, marginalized, and misunderstood in all of them.But increasingly, across the pais diaspora, winegrowers are realizing that these vines have something to teach us about how deep the history of 'New World wine' really goes, and about what we can call our own as Americans in the most capacious sense of the word. We'll taste three of the most compelling expressions of this grape variety I've found to date, discover its virtues and challenges, and learn what it means to truly give pais a chance.

**Order this kit to join this virtual class with James Sligh on Sep. 29 at 6pm EST. Each kit includes three bottles of wine, class materials, and an email with pairing suggestions, a weekly playlist, and a link to the Zoom tasting.**

  • ad-hoc combo box
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $108.00