Today I have the privilege to tell you about a great contest concerning two of my favorite things….wine and summer!

Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin family constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance and their Joseph Drouhin LaForet Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011 and Joseph Drouhin LaForet Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012 are no exception.

BSN-LAF-PNI had the pleasure of trying the Joseph Drouhin LaForet Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011, SRP $21, one evening this summer. I paired it with a lemony pesto pasta and summer salad. I have no idea if that’s a proper pairing or not, but to me it was perfect. I love pinot noirs because they aren’t heavy like Cabernets can be, and this was lovely and light, and as described below…silky.

Tasting note by Veronique Boss-Drouhin: “A seductive wine. Yum! It smells of red fruits: raspberries, red-currants, black currants…After that, in the mouth, lovely spicy notes. And the silky touch, pure joy!”

I’ve yet to try the Joseph Drouhin LaForet Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012, SRP $18, as chards are usually last on my list of whites, but the tasting notes by Veronique Boss-Drouhin are challenging me to give it a try.  Think I’ll go ice it down…“Full of life! A bouquet of citrus aromas, and then we find honey and vanilla, oh yes. In the mouth, it’s funky, spontaneous, striking. Really charming!” 

Whether you’re a wine drinker or not, this summer Joseph Drouhin winery is inviting you to share photos, drawings, and words that embody the spirit of the #SummerOfLaforet by uploading your images to Instagram with the #SummerOfLaforet hashtag. Each month from July through September, a runner up prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the contestant whose photo has earned the most Likes that month. Then, at the end of the contest on September 30th, a grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the user whose post has the most Likes over the tenure of the contest. Pretty serious prize (think of all the wine you can buy!!), so get posting!

Love a good Happy Hour? Maison Joseph Drouhin will also be hosting a series of casual happy hours, many of which will have live music, in cities across the country, where people can discover the wine and learn about the famous Burgundy wine region. Both wines will be offered for $5 per glass (which is significantly discounted compared to the usual price of between $10-15). Click here for a listing of dates and cities hosting the Maison Joseph Drouhin Happy Hours.

Here’s my instagram take on #SummerOfLaforet – click on over and give me a <3!


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