The art of fine wine and food pairing has been practiced and perfected over the centuries in many countries all over the world. Over time, the ancient pairing masters shared their techniques across these country borders and the craft has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Understanding the practice and respecting the fine details of cross-cultural flavor pairing is an essential and noteworthy skill in today’s industry.
Seize the opportunity to learn from some of these masters in Spain; where this tradition has a deep-rooted history and the practice has evolved into a respected science. Gain authentic international experience as you learn to match the wine and food of Spain with the U.S. from the Spaniard and Americans themselves. Learn how to use flavors, textures, and components present in food and wine as complimenting strategies. Dive deeper into the menu planning, food preparation, cooking methods, and wine tasting etiquette with food in a formal dining environment.
Highlights of this Spanish adventure will include visiting cultural sites in Madrid and winery and vineyard tours in Mallorca where you will have direct contact with winemakers and wine-making techniques. Other highlights of the trip include dining at Spanish restaurants and cultural site visits.
Location: Madrid and Palma de Mallorca, Spain
The group will arrive and stay in Madrid for the first three days. It is known for being on the cutting edge of fashion, architecture, food, style, music and good times. Madrid is one of the most dynamic and exciting cities. Walk its narrow streets and wonderful plazas and discover its magic: stalls full of books, birds and flowers.
The remainder of the program will be spent in Palma de Mallorca. Enjoy the sun, beach, beautiful coastlines and great landscapes as you explore this authentic Spanish town and get a real taste for the Spanish land.
The weather in these regions is sunny but colder in January. Make sure to wrap up warm with appropriate attire. Expect temperatures to range from 40-55 degrees average.
Accommodation: Students will be staying in 3-star hotels in Madrid and Palma de Mallorca.
Meals: Breakfast and a dinner buffet are included in the hotel stay. As this is a food preparation class, students will be creating most of their lunches or dining in fine restaurants. Lunches on weekends are not included.
Travel: Group flights will be purchased for all students. Flight costs are already included in the program fee. The faculty leader will accompany the students on the flight.
Passport: All students must have a valid U.S. passport for entrance into Spain. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity as it must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date to the U.S.
Visa: No visa is necessary for the duration of the program. If you are not a U.S. passport holder the requirements may be different for you. Please contact your consulate or the Office of International Education for more information.
The final program cost will be determined by the number of participants, shortly after the application deadline. The program cost includes tuition, health insurance, housing, cultural activities, airfare, and in country transportation.
Passport fees, some meals, and personal expenses are not included in the program costs and are paid directly by the students.
See budget sheet for cost details. Win-term financial aid needs to be applied for separately. For more information, meet with a financial aid counselor in 210 Bowman Hall.