In ancient times, 1963 to be precise, l'Ordre Mondial Gourmets Dégustateurs was founded in Paris under the patronage of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. In the United States, l'Ordre began in the mid-80s. It remained a stable if quasi-somnulent enterprise until 1992 when a tire salesman, a bookie and a doctor decided one evening after port that this organization should be revitalized.

Today there are more than 2000 members of l'Ordre Mondial in the United States, more than anywhere else in the world. But what is it? L'Ordre Mondial is first and foremost a part of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. It is the arm of this gracious parent that focuses on enjoying, studying and appreciating fine wines and crafted beverages.

L'Ordre events are, as a rule, less formal than are those of the Chaîne and, as often as not, the primary focus of a l'Ordre event is the wine, with food playing an important but, nonetheless, supporting role. Recent l'Ordre events have included: a vertical tasting of Opus One; heavy hors d'oeuvres and Oregon Pinot Noirs; Sauternes and foie gras; a dinner where guests bring a red Bordeaux from the 1970s; and a dinner built around the wines and foodstuffs of Thomas Jefferson.

A l'Ordre event will almost certainly be one punctuated with song. The great wine societies of the world have their loyal songs, and l'Ordre rises to the challenge. Our song is inspired by the music of The Boars Head Carol, but the lyrics are composed by the guests at the table while they dine and taste. There is also a rather cool hand jive that goes with the Loyal Song. Unfortunately, a description of these movements read more like the assembly instructions confronted by parents on Christmas Eve than the companion movements to a song and laughter.

If you are a member of the Chaîne and have a joie de vivre and a sense that the world is mad, you may want to join l'Ordre. The best way to learn more about l'Ordre Mondial in your Bailliage is from your own Vice Echanson or from your Bailli. This Website can help you find both.

Chateau Lafite Vertical - Dec 2009
Blind Tasting - Mar 2010
Good Inexpensive Wines - Mar 2012
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