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Bordeaux Wine Expert

Mónica Marín

Discover why Bordeaux-Style Wines are so Special. Produced in the Bordeaux region of the southwest of France, these wines are famous for their consistent excellence.

Free Class!

Bordeaux Wine Class

Discover why Bordeaux-Style Wines are so unique.


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(310) 856-5488


Meet Mónica Marín,  head instructor for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET)

Mónica Marín

Why take this SommClass?

      • Knowing about Bordeaux wines is key to your knowledge of good wine!
      • Discover why one of the key reasons Bordeaux wines is so prized around the world is due to its aging potential.
    • All of the red wines of Bordeaux will be aged in traditional barrels before bottling, but thanks to the emphasis on the tannic Cabernet Sauvignon grape, they are perfect for aging in the bottle.

      • Learn about the origins of Bordeaux wine and how the red Bordeaux Blend became one of the most copied blends in the world.
      • Develop an understanding for the terroir in the southwest region of France and how it affects the grape varieties that grow in the area.
      • Identify the wine styles produce in the Bordeaux region.
      • It’s a FREE virtual experience, so grab your friends, laptop, and favorite Bordeaux wine and register for this class today!


Why Bordeaux Wines?

Whats the big deal about Bordeaux?

Produced in the Bordeaux region of the southwest of France, Bordeaux wines are famous for their consistent excellence. Most of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red, followed by sweet white, dry whites, rosé, and sparkling wines. One of the most important things to know about Bordeaux wines is that they are a blend of grape varieties.

Why is Bordeaux wine famous for consistent excellence?

Because the two dominant grapes have different ripening seasons, even if say Cabernet Sauvignon has a bad season, Merlot would not – and vice versa.

Why are Bordeaux wines so expensive?

While many of the 'cru classé' (classed growth) wines can be quite expensive, the prices of the majority of wines produced in Bordeaux are similar to those in other wine producing regions. Keep in mind that there are over 8,000 châteaux in Bordeaux, and only a small percentage of these are classed growths.

What are the 5 grapes in Bordeaux wine?

As a refresher, currently, Bordeaux allows six red grape varieties — Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere, and Petit Verdot — and eight white varieties — Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Muscadelle, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Merlot Blanc, and Mauzac.

Why is Bordeaux called Claret?

“Claret” was the nickname for Bordeaux wines, it meant “clear,” “pale” or “light-colored” wine (“claret” being derived from the Latin word for “clear”).

How long do Bordeaux wines last?

If you want to turn a profit by investing in Bordeaux, it's wise to purchase pre-arrivals and keep the wines in storage for a minimum of ten years before you resell them. Bordeaux wines usually reach their peak value approximately 20 to 30 years after release, depending on the quality of the vintage.

Your host

Mónica Marín

Originally from Spain, Monica Marin currently serves as Director of Education at The Wine House, named one of the world’s best wine shops by Food & Wine magazine. She is also a head instructor for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), teaching foundational, intermediate, advance, and diploma levels in the U.S. and Latin America. This year, Monica was recognized by WSET with the Educator of the Year Award – she was the only Latin female nominee among 10 candidates worldwide.

How to participate

This experience is hosted online.
Once you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.

What to bring


Desktop computer or mobile phone

Stable internet connection


Good Boureau Wine/s if available


Things to keep in mind


Always communicate through our support email (class@sommtable.com)

ID Please

You’ll need need to confirm you're legally over the age of 21 before accessing the classroom

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

Please make sure that you have the Zoom app (www.zoom.us) downloaded on your smartphone, computer, or tablet.

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 48 hours of purchase

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