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Bordeaux Wine Immersion Study Trip with Dewey Markham Jr.


Bordeaux Wine Immersion Study Trip with Dewey Markham Jr.
Sun. Sep. 01, 2013 - Sat. Sep. 07, 2013 
Master-Level Programs


September 1-7, 2013
6 days, 6 nights - Limited to 18 participants
Instructor: Dewey Markham Jr.

Itinerary *

Sunday, September 1

Participants will arrive independently in the city of Bordeaux and spend the night at Hotel de Normandie, located in the heart of the historic district, close to shops and restaurants. Dinner on your own.

Monday, September 2 - Médoc: Haut Médoc, Margaux (B, L, D)

Your deluxe motor coach and your instructor, Dewey Markham, will meet the group in the lobby of the Hotel de Normandie. Your destination is the Left Bank, specifically the Médoc, where Dewey will provide a review session on the terroirs and AOCs of this renowned subregion at a Grand Cru Classé chateau, followed by a tasting of the estate’s wines. Lunch will be at the elegant restaurant Le Savoie in the village of Margaux. This afternoon we’ll visit two more great estates in the famous appellation of Margaux. Then check in to Hotel Le Vignoble in the charming port town of Pauillac, just across the street from the Gironde estuary. Your welcome dinner is at the acclaimed Saint Julien restaurant, where chef Claude Broussard uses the freshest local ingredients with a creative take on Bordelais cuisine.

Restaurant Le Savoie Le Saint Julien Pauillac medoc

Tuesday, September 3 - Médoc: Pauillac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe (B, L)

Today you’ll explore the different classification systems of the Médoc, from 1855 classified growths to Crus Bourgeois and Crus Artisans. Dewey will also discuss current trends in winemaking in the Médoc as you visit and taste at three top châteaux. Along the way, enjoy a bistrot lunch in Pauillac at Café Lavinal. Return to your hotel and dinner on your own at one of the restaurants in the village.

Medoc Café Lavinal Phelan Segur Gironde Estuary

Wednesday, September 4 - Graves and Sauternais (B, L, D)

Travel today to the Graves, specifically Péssac-Léognan, the exceptional terroir that is home to 16 Classified Growth chateaux. Dewey will delve into the Graves classification as you visit a Grand Cru Classé château and taste their great wines. Continue on to the vineyards of the Sauternais, with their unique topography and meso-climate ideally suited to the production of the world’s most famous dessert wines.  A delicious lunch awaits you at the Auberge des Vignes in the picturesque village of Sauternes. The undisputed king of Sauternes, Chateau d’Yquem, opens its door for a detailed tour this afternoon, including a walk through the vineyards to see their diverse terroir, and a thorough discussion of botrytis cinerea and the winemaking techniques used to craft their great wines (which you’ll of course taste at the end of your visit)*.  After a pleasant 1 ½ hour drive through the rolling vineyard land of the Entre Deux Mers subregion, you’ll arrive on the Right Bank and the village of Saint Emilion. Check in to your hotel, the historic Logis des Remparts, ideally located in the very heart of the village. Dinner tonight will be at the charming gastronomic restaurant Logis de la Cadene in Saint Emilion.

Logis des Remparts Sauternes Logis de la Cadene Chateau d'Yquem

Thursday, September 5 - Saint Emilion and Pomerol    ( B, L)

Begin your exploration of the Right Bank today with a review of the terroirs and appellations of this renowned production area.  The morning and early afternoon hold tours and tastings at two top estates in AOP Saint Emilion. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore the historic sites, shops, galleries and wine shops of the beautiful village of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy dinner tonight on your own at one of the many fine restaurants or cafés in the village.

Saint Emilion Le Vieux Presbytere Chateau Canon Chateau Gazin

Friday, September 6 - Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bourg, Saint Emilion (B, L, D)

Travel north along the Dordogne River to one of the top producers in the Côtes de Blaye and Côtes de Bourg, to see another side of Bordeaux’s wine industry and the distinctive terroirs of these appellations.  Return to Saint Emilion, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch hosted by First Growth Chateau Troplong Mondot.  After lunch, you’ll be welcomed for a tour and tasting at the estate. Then visit the tiny but prestigious appellation of Pomerol, considered the world’s preeminent terroir for Merlot, with a visit and tasting at one of the appellation’s best chateaux.  Celebrate your last night in the Bordeaux region with a farewell dinner at a Saint Emilion institution frequented by all the local winemakers, l’Envers du Décor, in the heart of the village.

Chateau Troplong Mondot Restaurant Les Belles Perdrix Chateau Lassègue Envers du Décor

Saturday, September 7 (B)

Your study trip ends after breakfast today with a group transfer to Bordeaux Gare St. Jean train station (arriving approximately 10am) and Bordeaux Mérignac airport (arriving approximately 11am).

NOTE: On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, the Bordeaux Union des Grands Crus will be holding its “Weekend des Grands Crus” event.  This is a great opportunity to taste and learn more about the Grands Crus estates, so do consider staying an extra day or two to participate in this event.

Legend for meals included in the trip: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

* Itinerary subject to change: every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appears here; however, the final itinerary and estates/winemakers included may vary due to wine producer schedules, availability and factors beyond our control.  The wine estates visited during this trip will all be of the highest quality.

Hotel rooms: we are staying in several small, charming hotels on this trip. As a result, the rooms will not all be exactly the same, and they may also be in different categories.  We will assign hotel rooms in the order of sign-ups for the trip. ALL rooms will be very comfortable and have the same services (en-suite bathrooms, A/C, WiFi, etc.).

Your 6 Day, 6 Night Bordeaux Immersion Study Trip includes :
  • Instruction throughout by Dewey Markham Jr., renowned author and Bordeaux expert and resident of the area
  • The complete Bordeaux Master Level French Wine Society online course, including the written manual, online webinars and online exam
  • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
  • 1 night at 3-star Hotel de Normandie in the city of Bordeaux, double occupancy
  • 2 nights at 3-star Hotel Le Vignoble in Pauillac, double occupancy
  • 3 nights at 3-star Logis des Ramparts in St. Emilion, double occupancy
  • 3 gourmet dinners with fine wines
  • 5 gourmet lunches with fine wines, including several at renowned chateaux
  • 6 delicious breakfasts
  • All professional-level tours and extensive tastings at top-quality wine producers, including many at classified growths
  • All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants

Price per person, double occupancy: US $ 3,895
Enrolled Student Price per person, double occupancy: $3,695**

(Enrolled Student Price is for registrants already fully or partially enrolled in the Bordeaux Master-Level program**)

Single Supplement: US $ 495.00
Deposit upon reservation: US $ 750.00 (per person, per trip)
Take a second trip, get 5% off!***

NOTE: There are a limited number of twin rooms available (2 single beds). Please let us know if you’d like to share a twin room with another participant to avoid the single supplement and pay the double occupancy price instead.

**The Enrolled Study Price applies to those currently studying in the Bordeaux Master-Level program or who have completed it. Full registration in the Bordeaux Master-Level program means students who have previously ordered the Bordeaux Master-Level study manual, exam registration and online study program. Registrants only partially enrolled in the region’s Master-Level program with the FWS (eg.: Only have Bordeaux manual and exam, or only Bordeaux online study program…) will get the Enrolled Trip Price and will be invoiced directly by FWS for the portion of the Master-Level they are missing at a 50% discount on prices listed on the FWS website. If an updated manual is needed, it can be purchased at a 50% discount.

***Get 5% off each additional trip you take, after you reserve the first trip. Discount is calculated on the double occupancy price for the Trip and will be deducted from the final balance payment for the Trip. The most expensive of the trips you reserve will be considered the "first" trip and the 5% discount will be calculated on the other trip(s) you reserve in the same calendar year.

May 26-June 1, 2013

6 days, 6 nights             Limited to 18 participants

Instructor: Kelly McAuliffe, Sommelier-conseil

Why study Bordeaux... in Bordeaux?

The wines of Bordeaux have long been a revered French wine icon. They are age-worthy, much sought after, and highly prized. Like great art, they are bought and sold as a valued commodity, in fast and furious trading, at auction, and over quiet conversation with a well-connected retailer.

Over the millennia, the vinous legacy that began with the Romans has evolved into a juggernaut of epic proportions.  World-wide, winemakers aspire to emulate what Bordeaux captures in a bottle each harvest. Wine writers flock to this corner of France to taste the new vintage. Cyberspace buzzes with wine commerce once the prices are set.  And all the world has but one thing on its lips…Bordeaux.  The region is both a bastion and a beacon for all that is timeless,  classic and  truly exceptional in the world of wine.

Experience it first-hand.


About your lead instructor & guide: DEWEY MARKHAM, JR.

Dewey Markham, Bordeaux Immersion Wine Study TripDewey Markham, Jr. is one of the best-known and most respected experts on the Bordeaux wine industry and its famous classification system. Since 1993 Markham has lived and worked in Bordeaux, where he wrote 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification, published in 1997 to critical and professional acclaim. The book was winner of the James Beard Award for Wine Book of the Year. Dewey also authored Wine Basics (published in the United States by John Wiley and Sons), an introductory book for the beginning wine drinker that is in its seventeenth printings to date.

Dewey holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from New York University, and is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Post-graduation, he received a fellowship as an editorial assistant engaged in research and writing for the school’s textbook, The New Professional Chef.

From 1986 to 1989 Markham lived in Paris, where he was a director of the French cooking school L'Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne where he introduced a wine studies program to the curriculum. He has also worked  for two of New York's leading wine shops, Morrell and Company and  Sherry-Lehmann Wines and Spirits.  He holds a degree in wine tasting from the School of Oenology at Bordeaux University and is an accomplished lecturer on the Bordeaux region and its wines.  Dewey latest book, Bordeaux Chateaux: A History of the Grands Crus Classés since 1855 (co-authored) will be released in February, 2013.

Words on Dewey’s teach style (feedback from French Wine Society Conference 2010 attendees):

“Dewey is an excellent speaker; great presentation”
“Enjoyed and learned; great presentation”
“I thought his talk was super-informative.”
“Entertaining and engaging speaker”
“Best speaker of the whole conference”
“Great presenter”

For more information:

We have partnered with Terroir Wine Services to operate our immersion study trips and help make them unforgettable.  FWS member Lauriann Greene, Sommelier-conseil, is the coordinator of our immersion study trips and your contact for the trips.  She has many years of experience in organizing exceptional wine tours in France and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at  +1 302-415-3036. You can also find answers to many of your questions by visiting our extensive FAQ page.