Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending a French wine class at Boston Wine School. I’d been looking for a chance to take such a class so I was very excited! I brought along my cousin Charlotte as a sidekick for the night. The school is located next to a liquor store in Allston and we had no trouble finding it. Founder/Executive Director Jonathon was warm and gracious when we got there and the space is very nice and inviting. And imagine how happy I was to sit down in front of a nice variety of cheeses… I read that the class was offered in French which I was excited about since I do understand conversational French and love opportunities to learn more. I didn’t know how Charlotte would do since she has never taken French. It ended up being great for both of us. The instructor, Renee, had a presentation in French (excuse me, en Francais) on the board and would speak in French and then follow up with an English translation.
The class was a tasting class and though I’ve been drinking wine for awhile and been to many tastings, I learned a lot. There were around a dozen of us in total and I got the impression that everyone was learning, and we all seemed to be at different levels of wine knowledge. The conversation was flowing and we had some great discussion about the wines we were drinking, wine in general, travel… it was such a comfortable atmosphere and participation came easy.
Charlotte was a good gauge of how this class was for wine beginners and people who don’t speak the language the class is offered in and when I asked her if she was enjoying it she said “YES. Thoroughly. This is great, I’m learning so much!” My sentiments exactly.
After class we hopped next door where they carry the wines used at the school and I bought two that we tried during class. I loved that I could get them right there while they were fresh in my head.
The school has classes in other languages (Spanish, Italian, Chinese) and different levels and pairings (cheeses, burgers, chocolate, ribs!) and more. There’s such a variety, check out the calendar here. I really enjoyed this class and am looking forward to going back for another!
We were invited to take this class compliments of Boston Wine School, but all opinions are my own.