kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Five Month Wine Class Series at Michel Richard's Citronelle

Michel Richard Citronelle’s new Sommelier, French native Laurent Lala, will demystify, taste with and teach guests during the restaurant's upcoming five month wine class series. Lala is the grandson of a Cahors wine grower, was born in Toulouse, France, and graduated from Purpan Agriculture Graduate School.  He spent three years in Latin America before moving to the DC area resident in 1998.

Beginning February and lasting through June 2012, Citronelle will offer a monthly series of wine classes designed to educate as well as entertain both the seasoned wine guru and the budding wine enthusiast.  With his collection of over 8,000 wines in his cellar, Sommelier Laurent has one of the most extensive liquid libraries in the Metropolitan region.

The first class, on Saturday, February 25th from 1-3PM, will celebrate the rich selection of Rhône varietals- from the very famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the south, to the prestigious Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage in the north, and lots of Côtes-du-Rhône.  Other classes will compare and contrast Left Bank vs. Right Bank Bordeaux wines, sparkling wines, the versatility of Pinot Noir, and the art of blending.

Each class costs $100, though there are price breaks for booking several classes. And dedicated oenophiles will be able to attend the entire five part series for $450. A credit card is required to secure a spot, and there is a 72-hour cancellation policy. Call 202.625.2150 or visit for more information

Reservations and further information is available by calling 202-625-2150 or visiting  Credit Card required for placement guarantee, 72 hour cancellation policy.