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Wine + Food pairing instruction

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Basically, I want to pair wine to food more effectively than just offering one of my 10 or so known fav's when I have people over for dinner, and, when I'm out on the town approach the wine list with more than what usually ends up being asking the waiter's suggestion...could this be accomplished in a class or 2?..as I learn more I would like to get more serious and into the Sommolier courses, should I just go for it now or what?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. There are definitely classes at George Brown for this, a few hundred dollars a course I think.

    1. The basic wine appreciation course I took at George Brown about 15 or so years ago was the single most useful night class I've ever taken. Now I see they offer more kinds of wine classes including one on food and wine pairing -
      http://coned.georgebrown.ca/owa_prod/...

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      1. re: JamieK

        ...thanks guys, that one looks like a great start...much appreciated!

      2. ...does anyone know of any restaurants that offer an evening of wine appreciation or something?...nice atmosphere would be a bonus...

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        1. re: Recyclor

          I used to belong to a this excellent wine appreciation club where we met every month at a different restaurant in Toronto. Each meeting had a different theme or focus, and we usually went through four or five wines (or more), paired perfectly with appropriate food. The dinner/talk was facilitated by a guy who used to teach at George Brown (maybe still does). It was fun and entertaining and great learning. I don't know if it's still in operation but I'll find out when my friend (who stayed with it longer than I did; I stopped going only because I moved out of the city for a while ) gets back in town from a trip.

          In the meantime, fyi, there are wine appreciation courses offered at the LCBO
          http://lcbo.ca/learn/overview_edguide...

          1. re: JamieK

            ...I'll look into these options too...although my schedule might not allow for it, the club you spoke of sounds interesting...

            thanks agian JK

            1. re: JamieK

              i'm going to "how to taste" at the summerhill lcbo on aug. 8th, so i can report on the relevance...

              1. re: LemonLauren

                ...I'm considering a class there too, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts...