NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Nes and Joseph Jaffre, owners of Roger Sherman Inn, are hosting a four-part wine and culinary series, the Inn’s own RS Tour de France that spans the summer months.
From June 3 to Sept. 23, the tour will transport guests to different regions of France, world famous for food and wine. The entire series will take place on the inn’s porch and each event will uniquely reflect the celebrated region in its food, wine and ambiance.
Jeff Barbour, owner of The New Canaan Wine Merchants, is selecting the wines for each event while serving as a wine resource at the events for those interested in learning more about the characteristics of the different regions’ wine.
The tour begins with a paired salute to the wines from the Rhone Valley and French Moroccan cuisine, creating a wonderful combination of French and French-influenced tastes. Moroccan entertainment will enliven the evening with belly dancers and hookahs.
On July 1, the tour will focus on Provence, a culinary and wine destination that will deliver a family-styled, farm table feast, accented with rose and red wines. The third installment in the series, set for Aug. 26, travels to the historical home of kings and queens, the fertile Loire Valley, known for its innovative cuisine and white wine. The series concludes on Sept. 23 with the hybrid Alsace, where Germanic and French flavors rendezvous to create distinctive food, wine and beer selections.
“With our fabulous porch and the summer season upon us, we wanted to celebrate the fantastic food and wine that the many regions of France offer with four unique events throughout the summer months,” Nes Jaffre said. “Since I’m of Egyptian descent, we thought a little Moroccan fun would be a great way to launch our RS Tour de France. And, who needs to travel this summer, when all you need to do is join our tour. We hope many will sign up for the whole series and enjoy a fantastic experience.”
The RS Tour de France will be held at 6 p.m. Sundays. The event is $70 per person or $200 for all four events. For more information, call the Inn at (203) 966-4541.