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 France; 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 France with the U.S. from the French and American masters 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 French adventure will include visiting cultural sites, winery and vineyard tours in Bordeaux where you will have direct contact with winemakers and their special wine-making techniques. Other highlights of the trip include dining at French restaurants, cultural site visits, and hands-on cooking.
Location: Bordeaux & Paris, France
Known for its advanced taste in food wine and fashion, Paris offers many attractions worth a visit. As well as being the home of Romance and art, Paris is home to monuments of many sorts such as museums, historic buildings, statues, churches, art galleries, fountains, historic houses, and traditional Parisian cultural sites. As you journey down the cobblestone streets with a baguette in your arms and the aftertaste of some French wine lingering on your tongue, witness all the timeless love and beauty only Paris can offer.
Prepare for summer weather comparable to Wisconsin’s with less humidity and more potential for rain. Expect temperatures to range between 60-80 degrees average this time of year and bring an umbrella!
Accommodation: Students will be staying in 3-star hotels in Bordeaux and Paris.
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 France. 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 sheetfor cost details. Students taking at least 6 credits are eligible for summer financial aid. Summer financial aid needs to be applied for separately. For more information, meet with a financial aid counselor in 210 Bowman Hall.