After attending the Passion Jura tasting of French wines at the Hinoki and the Bird Restaurant located at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City we had much respect for this wine region.
In France the Jura wine region is located in the northeastern part of the country and while it has been producing wines for centuries it receives less attention than other areas
The Jura has 200 vineyards producing five varietals of grapes, three of which are local to the region.
Besides well known chardonnary and pinot noir the local varietals include two reds, Poulsard and Trousseau and one white grape, Savagnin.
In all 20 family owned wineries participated in the tasting which also included a seminar on some of the wines produced.
It also gave those attending the opportunity to taste two wines unique to the Jura. They are both aperitif white wines called Vin Jaune and Vin de Paille.
What makes the Jura unique is its renown terroir and its rolling hills countryside producing the best exposure for each grape varietal.
We also had the opportunity to meet DJ Kearney who conducted the seminar preceding the tasting.