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Wine Tasting Course?

cristina514 Apr 24, 2007 09:36 AM

I did a search on this and nothing turned up, so forgive me if this is a repost.

I love wine, but I know absolutely nothing about it. I'm looking for some kind of course or workshop where I can learn about the different kinds of wines and hopefully gain a little bit of culture ;) I'm not looking to become a sommelier, I just want to increase my knowledge - or lack thereof... lol

Thanks in advance

  1. limoncello1 May 3, 2007 02:03 PM

    I've taken the class at SAQ and found it to be a little unpersonal. I would recommend L'Amicale des sommeliers over SAQ. And I heard they also organize outings to restaurants, because in the end wine is all about food pairings isn't it? At least that's how I love to discover new wines and why successful restaurants work so hard on their wine lists.

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    1. re: limoncello1
      Nanbanane May 3, 2007 02:31 PM

      There are private classes you can take through sommeliers in the city. I know of one who is starting up some classes in a few weeks, he gets about 6 to 8 people together and gives basics and thematic courses with meals. They are a great way to share food and wine with people and learn something new while having some fun! I'll try to get the contact information and post it.

      1. re: Nanbanane
        swissfoodie May 28, 2007 12:34 PM

        Any news on these classes?

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      Campofiorin Apr 24, 2007 09:49 AM

      I've taken the first two Les Connaisseurs classes from SAQ. I don't think they're offered in english but they are well conceived and a good part of the each night (6 for each class) is dedicated to tasting, 4 different wines each time. L'Amicale des sommeliers du Québec also offers classes I think. I know that Nick Hamilton has classes as well as Institut d'hôtellerie et du tourisme du Québec (ITHQ). These are some places you could look for.

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      1. re: Campofiorin
        vabou Apr 24, 2007 10:28 AM

        I take two classes of L'Amicale des Sommeliers and i enjoy very much ("débutant" and "intermédiaire"). It was in french and in Quebec City. But i know they are offering theses classes in Montreal, don't know if they are in english : http://www.amicaledessommeliers.com/A....

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