The France Show 2011

Written by Aksel Ritenis

france-show-2011If you’re passionate about French wine there is no need to wait until your next visit to France to restock your wine cellar – The France Show 2011 serves up a wine lover’s dream as it brings an array of France’s finest wines to the UK at Earls Court, London from 14 – 16 January.

As well as featuring the finest in French food, shopping, travel, culture and property, the show will offer access to a selection of some of France’s best vineyards, giving visitors the chance to sample and purchase from a fantastic range of fine wines.

Those thirsty for greater knowledge can take part in the SeaFrance Wine Tasting Theatres. Each day starts with a pop and a fizz with a tutored champagne tasting in the Tour de France Theatre, delivered by Sopexa on behalf of the French Ministry of Agriculture. Featuring champagnes from boutique owner grower, Champagne Bourdaire-Gallois, visitors will get the chance to enjoy its full range of champagnes, including: Brut Tradition (2007); Brut Rose; Brut Decoree Reserve (2006); Brut Symphonie Prestige (2006); Brut Blanc de Blancs (2005) and Brut Millisime (2004). What better way to kick off your day at The France Show?

Hosted by Susy Atkins, award-winning writer and broadcaster, the remaining sessions within the Tour de France Theatre will take visitors on an exciting tour of France in a relaxed and fun environment as Susy explores and explains the distinctive characters and flavours of wines from different regions. These sessions are designed to equip visitors with the knowledge to choose wine with confidence – whether in a restaurant, specialist shop or supermarket.

Susy comments: “French wines will always be among the most treasured in the world, for the sheer range of styles produced from so many key regions, and for the subtle complexity, elegance and sophistication of the best examples. There will be something for every wine lover at The France Show“.

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) hosts the second SeaFrance Wine Tasting Theatre. Working with the Association of Wine Educators to identify a selection of Bordeaux Wines, priced between £5-£20, readily available in the UK. The CIVB will show a selection of these wines matched with food in seminars hosted by wine expert and Bordeaux Accredited tutor Michelle Cherutti-Kowal. The seminars give visitors the chance to taste the restrained styles of Bordeaux with a selection of foods and discover why ‘Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux’.

Commenting on SeaFrance’s involvement with the Wine Tasting Theatres at The France Show 2011 Managing Director, Robin Wilkins, says: “As a French company we appreciate the amazing selection of wines available in France and the SeaFrance Wine Tasting Theatres will give visitors from the UK a chance to enjoy sampling some of the quality and variety of wines on offer, no matter what their budget”.

A range of exhibitors will give visitors the opportunity to purchase wines at special prices whilst at the show, including: Armagnac Louis Marcellin; Désirs de Vins; Château Guillotin, 3D Wines; Domaine Debray; Les Vins Skalli; Sarl Vino Cacao Paris; Domaine De Beauregars and Bubbly Champagne Company Ltd.

For a full details of what will be happening at The France Show 2011, theatre timetables and to book tickets visit

Tickets to The France Show 2011 cost £10 in advance and £13 on the door. Some wine tasting seminars are now selling out so book soon to avoid disappointment – tickets for the SeaFrance Wine Tasting Theatres cost £4 per session when booked in advance. For more information and to book online visit or call 0844 871 8817.

Visit SeaFrance at The France Show (Stand 243) where you will be able to pick up some great show offers.

SeaFrance is the only French operator on the Dover-Calais route, offering an authentic French experience even before you arrive in France. Onboard the SeaFrance fleet, you will find a choice of stylishbars and restaurants to suit your taste.

Travelling across the Channel doesn’t cost the earth. With SeaFrance’s excellent value day trip and longer stay fares, you can afford to treat yourself and fill your car up with some fantastic wines so check out the latest fares on or call: 0871 2222 500.

Staff Correspondent – Connoissuer Magazine

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