In anticipation of the upcoming Passion Jura tasting in Toronto on Thursday the 17th of April (more details below), we talk with a number of the participating wineries. Here we chat with Winemakers Anne-Laure & Damien Petit of Jura’s Domaine Désiré Petit.
Good Food Revolution: In your mind, what makes the wines of Jura so unique?
Anne-Laure & Damien Petit: Everything!!! First ,the soils that give (even if it’s a international grape like Chardonnay) very different aromas; then the climate and the grapes and for sure the people… so friendly and so proud!!
GFR: And how would you describe your winery’s wines? What makes them unique?
AL & D P: We try to make very pure and mineral wines ;we always search to bottle the terroir and each winegrower is a terroir and that makes our wines unique !!
GFR: Would it be fair to say that many wines from the Jura can be difficult for the average wine drinker to appreciate?
AL & D P: no one remember the first chardonnay or shiraz that he taste in his life but the first vin jaune every one remember !! the date, the friends, the moment ;this wine is unique and like all the unique tastes it take times to appreciate .
GFR: Jura is home to some exciting and interesting grape varietals. Do you have a personal favourite?
AL & D P: Yes , it would be the Ploussard, my village, Pupillin is the world capital. It is a very hard grape to grow, very sensible, and very difficult in the cellar too for the wine maker ! BUT in the glass, it’s a very soft light red wine full of fruit !!
GFR: Although the region is steeped in history and tradition, what in your mind are the most exciting developments in Jura?
AL & D P: I think ,what the people like in Jura , it’s because there not so much developement ,the region stay very green and the tradition ,the grapes nothing change so much and it ‘s good like this.
GFR: Are most of your wines exported or do you sell most of them domestically?
AL & D P: We do 20 % of export and it was 0% five years ago so it going up !!
GFR: Where are the largest markets for you wines?
AL & D P: Canada , England and Belgium are the largest.
GFR: Jura also has a rich culinary heritage. Please tell us about your favourite regional dish?
AL & D P: my favorite dish is a saucisse of morteau cooked in the alambic and fumé of the haut Jura with potatoes and hot cancoillote
GFR: Please tell us about your most memorable, interesting, or unusual food pairing with your wines?
AL & D P: My most memorable was a strong vin jaune with a strong blue cheese (Roquefort) and it was explosive in the mouth ,so amny aromas together !!
GFR: Thank you so much for your time!
After the tremendous success of Passion Jura at the Soho Metropolitan Hotel back in 2012, we are proud to announce the 3rd Annual Wines Of Jura Tasting in Toronto.
Overwhelmed by the positive response and feedback from the city’s Sommeliers, Restaurateurs, Importers and Journalists, what many referred to as the “tasting of the year” is back with an even larger contingent of over 20 Jura producers.
To accommodate the increased demand, the event has been moved to the spacious 6th floor of the historic Burroughes Building.
Thursday, April 17th
The Burroughes Building- 6th floor
639 Queen Street West
Canada M5V 2B2
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM : Jura wine seminar by Sommelier Evan Saviolidis (place is limited, reservations required)
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM : Walk-around tasting
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TASTING IS FREE FOR TRADE ONLY and is not open to the public. Many wineries are looking for a representative agency in Ontario.
BOOK YOUR PLACE AT : PASSION JURA TORONTO
The official invitation will be sent at the beginning of March.
The Wines of Jura committee, Evan Saviolidis, Good Food Revolution, and The Tuxedo Wine Experience team.
• Benoit Badoz
• Domaine Baud
• Domaine Berthet-Bondet
• Domaine Bornard Philippe
• Domaine de la Pinte
• Domaine du Champs d’Étoiles
• Henri Maire
• Domaine Dugois
• Cellier Tiercelines
• Domaine Désiré Petit
• Domaine Rolet
• Domaine Jacques Tissot
• Domaine André et Mireille Tissot
• Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot
• Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois
• Domaine Pierre Richard
• Claude et Cédric Joly
• Domaine des Ronces
• and more!
Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he recommends you get your RSVPs in early as we are almost full!