This Paris Wine and Cheese Pairing Luncheon is a unique experience in Paris. When you visit a cheese shop in France, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the variety of cheeses – no French person agrees on how many French cheeses there are, but we are pretty sure there are more than three hundred… And when you visit a wine shop, you might feel the same – overwhelmed by the complexity of it all. But this experience is designed to not only help you taste great cheeses and wonderful wines. It will also help you tremendously in taking those complexities away. Quite simply because of two big ideas. First, all French cheeses that matter fall within one of five categories (and if anybody tells you otherwise, you should send them to us) – and you will taste a cheese representative of each of those categories. But second, you will also understand how to think about French wine. And the answer to this is by region – and not varietal. Even though there is a clear and distinct relationship between where wines are made in France and what grapes are used. All this you will learn in more depth from our professional sommelier, while exploring how to use all your senses to discover the origin of a French wine. And last but not least, you will also get an initiation to popping Champagne, totally unique in Paris.
STEP 3: With each cheese a different type of wine; and with each wine memorable stories about its origin. A bit of history and a bit of geography will take your appreciation of France one step further.
STEP 4: Not only will you learn about French Wines and Cheeses – you will also learn how to use all your senses to explore the world of French Wines.
What's better than five friends participating in Wine & Cheese pairings in Paris? Experiencing it at Le Foodist in Paris with the very charming, Stephane! From the moment we walked in the door we were greeted with a warm welcome. It was one of the top highlights of our trip to Paris! We learned so much, we laughed, & we enjoyed beautiful pairings. This class was more than tasting wine & cheese, it was truly a magnificent experience! Stephane is very engaging with everyone and made everyone in the room feel part of the experience. I got the added bonus of sabering a bottle of champagne! I highly recommend this class and look forward to a cooking class the next time I visit Paris! It's a lovely establishment! Oh, and Stephane owes me a trip to visit his aunts! :-) Well done, Le Foodist & Stephane!
Melissia D., June 2019
Three friends and I recently did the Wine and Cheese Pairing Class at Le Foodist with Stephane. I can say, for me, it was a great success. It was fun, informative and delicious. The class was led by Stephane, who was very informative and I really felt like I learned a bit about wine and cheese and how to pair them together in a way to bring out the flavors of both. And it was also fun, Stephane was very engaging and made sure to include everyone, there were 7 people all together. We tasted the wine, the cheese, talked about nuances and flavors but not in an overly pretentious way. We even learned how to open a bottle of champagne with a saber! That's all I'll say about it-but trust me it was great! I highly recommend this class, and this company. [...] I feel, for me, I would definitely return to do another class if I return to Paris. Merci beaucoup, Stephane, a bientôt!
Suziq6, June 2019
Thank you for a wonderful wine and cheese pairing experience. Professional and delicious. Highly recommend to anyone seeking a culinary experience.
Diane Wong-Conlan, Oct, 2019
The pleasures we can derive from French cuisine can seem endless. However two of the best known and loved French gastronomic heroes are French cheese and wine. Whether we talk about a Brie which actually comes from very close to Paris, to a creamy Camembert from Normandy, or a Comté from the Alps, French cheese has a delight for all palates. And of course, French wines are even better known whether from Bordeaux great wines or Burgundy sophisticated whites – all of which enthral wine lovers. Well, at our course on cheese and wine in Paris you will come to appreciate that although each is delicious on its own, properly matched cheese and wine together can make the experience of each even more enjoyable and an absolute delight.
Because not all pairings are actually what people expect, at Le Foodist we have decided to call these experiences 'Daring Pairings'. Maybe because we like to step out of the ordinary to challenge our taste buds, but really all we try to do is give you the perfect match fo cheese and wine in Paris. So not only will you learn how to select the best wine to go with your cheese, but you will also learn what are the big cheese families in France – there are actually only five, and this is one of the keys to great pairing. In discovering all these pairings of cheese with wine you will be convinced that indeed two things together can be better than the sum of their parts.
Beyond the tastings though, we have found that the best way to help our clients remember and re-use their experience is to vary the way to approach both wine and cheese. That is why during our courses on cheese and wine in Paris we share sensory games and many an anecdote to bring the produce to life in your mind as well as on your palate. Overall we will feature four excellent wines, one Champagne and demonstrate to you how best each combines with cheese, letting your taste guide you along with our teaching.
While for many top Parisian wine stores and restaurant wine lists can be confusing and even intimidating, we believe that after our lunch learning how to pair cheese and wine in Paris, you will feel much more comfortable navigating all of those. And we sincerely hope your knowledge will help you unlock a door to a whole new world of enjoyment of French wine and cheese pairing. At every step of the way our sommelier will also share unique tips and tricks to understand wines better and how culture and wine are so related in France; hopefully enriching your own experience as well.
Discovering culture through food is what we want to do when we travel. So we have developed all our experiences with that simple idea in mind: ensure that you learn both about the topic at hand, but also about French culture in the process. So in our food tours we will talk about the history of various aspects of French food, in our cooking class about how certain dishes became so important in our culture. During our wine tastings we will explore the regional differences in French culture. And, a regional cooking holiday is an opportunity to deep dive French food culture to its core and foundation: the regional gastronomies and the concept of terroir. Follow the links to explore further.