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Santé! Vendange at Sofitel

Meryle Evans - September 23rd, 2013

In celebration of autumn's vendange in France, 120 Sofitel Hotels around the world are offering guests access to the country's prestigious appellations through dégustation dinners and Champagne receptions, as a part of the French Wine Week.

The Wine Week is part of a three-pronged program rolled out this year that also includes the Coups de Coeur, a handpicked collection of wines by Bettane and Desseauve tailored for selected hotels; French grands vins dinners with top grands crus vintners like Jean-Charles Cazes, owner of Lynch Bages; and Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who is presenting a selection of crus bourgeois from the Medoc.

As a premiere French hotel brand, Sofitel's vintage celebration, September 23–30, is designed to enhance guests' Gallic-accented experience with interactive cultural and gastronomic events. Each hotel has planned its own "art de vivre" program, ranging from wine and cheese pairings in Manhattan to Champagne receptions each evening in the lobby of the Sofitel Miami. At Sofitel Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, a French Sunday brunch will include Champagne and rosé, while in San Francisco, that property's restaurant, Bay 223, will feature a different three course menu each night, inspired by the wines of various regions. The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower has two major events on the schedule, an intimate reception in the hotel's Presidential Suite, showcasing wines selected by two leading French wine critics, Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, and dinners in the Café des Architectes with five and 10 course wine pairing dégustation menus prepared by chef Greg Biggers and pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky, with guest sommelier Steve Tauschman of Southern Wine and Spirits.