“Beginning Wine Tasting” Class at Whisk in Bellevue

If you are just starting your exploration of this fascinating subject or want to learn a bit more about it, Sommelier Dieter Schafer will share his knowledge and expertise in this tasting class. Dieter, a certified wine educator, will talk you through wine terms, what to look for when buying wine at a shop or in a restaurant, how to read a wine label, how to pair wine with food, the right temperature to serve wine, and a bit about some of the many grape varieties and wine regions. You will learn how you can tell a lot about a wine before you even taste it – and how to taste it with confidence. Guests will sample six red, white and sparkling wines from around the world. Must be over 21 and have photo ID.

Thursday, April 7, 2016; 5:30 PM-8:00 PM.
Whisk, 10385 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004.
Class Fee $95.00.
Preregistration required: whiskcooks.com .
More details: info@whiskcooks.com, 425.922.9575.

Whisk: A Culinary Classroom, Tabletop, and Kitchenware Store, opened early February 2016 in Old Bellevue. This quality high-end kitchenware store offers an array of day and evening classes ranging from “Sharpen Your Knife Skills” to “Sourdough 101” to the cocktail party primer “Sip and Dip” to the first wine centric class on April 7 “Beginning Wine Tasting”.

Whisk is located at 10385 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004.
More details: info@whiskcooks.com, 425.922.9575, whiskcooks.com .

Wine Tour de France at French Fest with Wine Educator Dieter Schafer

Francophonie

Wine Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer will guide you through the major wine regions of France and introduce you to the wines produced. No tasting. Presentation in English. 12:30-1:15 pm. Admission is free. Registration not required. ~ ~ ~ Dieter lived in France for six years and visits Paris and French wine regions annually. He is a certified educator and sommelier and principal of Hospitality & Wine Education (winedieter.wordpress.com) with 40+ years of restaurant industry and teaching experience acquired in 12 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and North America.

Seattle’s French Fest also offers an exclusive new activity for adults 21+, a wine tasting hosted by J Wines, French wine import company led by French expat Julien Hervet. The tastings will feature wines from “Bernard Magrez Vignobles,” a world renowned premier winemaker with 40 vineyards worldwide, and “Les vins de mes amis,” from up and coming winemakers, rarely imported in the US. Only a limited number of tickets to the exclusive tastings will be available. Complimentary nibbles, including the premium Jambon de Bayonne, will accompany the wine tastings. Tasting fees: $15-25. Registration required: fen.ejoinme.org/MyPages/2016FrenchFestWineTastings/tabid/757230/Default.aspx

Wine Tour de France Seminar and French Wine Tastings are part of Seattle’s 4th Annual French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 11:00 am-6:00 pm at the Seattle Center Armory. The festival is a free, family-friendly event open to the public with the purpose of promoting and raising awareness of Francophone cultures and traditions to the residents of the Greater Seattle area. During the one-day event, festival-goers will listen to live music, watch dance performances, taste international cuisine, learn from informative seminars and cooking demonstrations, play games and enjoy a day full of fun activities en français! Details: fenpnw.org/events/french-fest/

Sunday, March 20, 2016.
French Fest 11:00 am-6:00 pm.
Wine Tour de France 12:30-1:15 pm.
Seattle Center Armory.
305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109.

Wine Events and Classes ~ January-May 2016

3-Week Class “Wine Tasting Primer – Sight, Smell, Taste”

Learn how to taste wine knowledgeably and accurately describe what you are tasting. This beginners’ class is conducted by Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer. Explore wine types, grapes, varietals, and wine regions of the world, as you learn the basics of reading a wine label. Gain hints for smart buying, proper storing and aging. The course will also include a discussion of wine-and-food pairing, what matches well, what doesn’t, and why.  Tasting each session.

3 Tuesdays, January 26-February 9, 2016; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$106 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu .
http://southseattle.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=25326&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=18&int_catalog_id=0

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3-Week Class “Guide to Washington Wines”
with Willis Hall Winemaker John Bell

Get to know the wines of Washington State! Learn from Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer and by tasting wines from many Washington viticultural areas and from world renowned vineyards. Acquire tips on wine buying, cellaring, serving and enjoying. Guest speaker Willis Hall Winery winemaker/owner John Bell will cover specifics of growing regions (AVAs) and winemaking. Tasting each session.

3 Wednesdays, February 24-March 9, 2016; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$106 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu .
http://southseattle.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=25327&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=18&int_catalog_id=0

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2-Week Class “Wine and Food Pairing
with
Lullaby Winemaker Virginie Bourgue”

Master successful wine and food pairing as you taste wines from Washington’s Lullaby winery and from France. Learn from Winemaker Virginie Bourgue and from Sommelier Dieter Schafer how to create well-balanced pairings. Virginie, from Southern France, worked in Provence, the Loire Valley and Champagne before making wine in Washington since 2002. Tasting each session.

2 Tuesdays, April 19-26, 2016; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$80 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu .

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2-Week Class “Wine and Food Pairing
with
Woodhouse Winemaker Jean Claude Beck”

Master successful wine and food pairing as you taste wines from Washington’s Woodhouse Wine Estates and from France. Learn from Winemaker Jean Claude Beck and from Sommelier Dieter Schafer how to create well-balanced pairings. Jean Claude, from Alsace, worked in France, California and Oregon before making wine in Washington since 2002. Tasting each session.

2 Wednesdays, May 4-11, 2016; 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$80 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu .

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3-Week Class “Beginning Wine Tasting”

Learn from Sommelier Dieter Schafer to enjoy the world of wine tasting by becoming an informed consumer. Discover wine terms, what to look for when purchasing wine at a shop or restaurant, how to read a label, how to pair wine with food, how to serve, and many more essentials.  Tasting each session.

3 Tuesdays, May 17-31, 2016, 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$106 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu .

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Classes offered by Certified Educator and Sommelier Dieter Schafer at South Seattle College / Continuing Education ~ Fall 2015

South Seattle College, 6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle
Preregistration required:
206-934-5339
southced@SeattleColleges.edu
LearnatSouth.org

Mediterranean Wine Tour
2 Tuesdays, October 20-27, 2015; 6-9 pm; $77 all fees included.
Join Sommelier Dieter and taste your way through wine regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea, from Spain to Lebanon, from Turkey to Morocco. Sample interesting wines not often available for tasting. Class includes effective tasting techniques, wine vocabulary, a bit of history and geography of the regions, best wine-buying strategies, wine-and-food pairing guidelines, correct serving techniques and temperature, and hints for proper storing and aging.

Unique Experience: Choosing Champagnes for the Holidays
2 Tuesdays, November 10-17, 2015; 6-9 pm; $77 all fees included.
Planning to serve Champagne this holiday season? Taste Champagne and Crémant from France, Sparkling Wine from Washington, California and New Mexico, Spanish Cava, and Italian Prosecco. Champagne, the ultimate celebration bubbly which always seems to be a mystery. Learn from Champagne Aficionado and Placomusophile* Dieter about styles, what the label tells you, how Méthode Champenoise wines are produced, buying strategies, proper service, etiquette, and how to match these wines with your holiday dinners. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to try a variety of “bubblies” that are not often available for tasting.
*A Placomusophile is a person who collects metal caps covering the top of the cork of a Champagne bottle. Distinguishing labels are printed on them. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placomusophilie.

Wine Tasting Primer: Sight, Smell, Taste
3 Thursdays, October 29-November 12, 2015; 6-9 pm. Repeated
3 Tuesdays, January 26-February 9, 2016; 6-9 pm; $103 all fees included.
Learn how to taste wine knowledgeably and accurately describe what you are tasting. In this beginner course, explore wine types, grapes, varietals, and wine regions of the world, as you learn the basics of reading a wine label. Gain hints for smart buying, proper storing and aging. The course will also include a discussion of wine-and-food pairing, what matches well, what doesn’t, and why.

3-Week Class “Wine Tour de France” with Sommelier Dieter Schafer at South Seattle College

Le Tour 2015

The 102nd Bicycle Tour de France is in full swing! Join Francophile/Francophone Sommelier Dieter Schafer as your guide and tour through 12 French regions and taste wine from 12+ grape varieties. The French grape varieties are compared to the grapes grown in Washington and the wines produced here.

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Class includes “A Crush Course in Effective Wine Tasting,” lots of wine vocabulary to help you describe what you see and smell and taste, a bit of history and geography of the regions, best wine-buying strategies, wine-and-food pairing guidelines, correct serving techniques and temperature, and hints for proper storing and aging. Tasting each session.

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3 Tuesdays, July 7-28, 2015 (no class July 14), 6-9 pm.

South Seattle College, 6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.

$103 per person, all fees included.

Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or http://www.LearnatSouth.org .

Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu . Details

http://www.learnatsouth.org/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=24777&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=18&int_catalog_id=0

Beginning Wine Tasting – Continuing Education – South Seattle College – April 14-28, 2015

Beginning Wine Tasting – Continuing Education – South Seattle College.

Learn from Sommelier Dieter Schafer to enjoy the world of wine tasting by becoming an informed consumer. Discover wine terms, what to look for when purchasing wine at a shop or restaurant, how to read a label, how to pair wine with food, how to serve, and many more essentials. Tasting each session.

3 Tuesdays, April 14-28, 2015, 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College.
6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$103 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or http://www.LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu .

Guide to the Wide World of Wine – Continuing Education – South Seattle College – May 12-June 2, 2015

Guide to the Wide World of Wine – Continuing Education – South Seattle College.

World Traveler Sommelier Dieter Schafer invites you to visit old- and new-world wine regions, including the Pacific Northwest, and taste wines not often available for tasting. Wines produced from common and from unusual grape varieties. Class includes effective tasting techniques, lots of wine vocabulary to help you describe wines, a bit of history and geography of the regions, best wine-buying strategies, wine-and-food pairing guidelines, correct serving techniques and temperature, and hints for proper storing and aging. Tasting each session.

4 Tuesdays, May 12-June 2, 2015, 6-9 pm.
South Seattle College.
6000 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
$123 per person, all fees included.
Preregistration required 206-934-5339 or http://www.LearnatSouth.org .
Info southced@SeattleColleges.edu .

“Open That Bottle Night” Dinner 2015 ~ Chez Nous

Goose Foie Gras ~ Smoked Trout Paté
Warm Goat Cheese Timbale ~ Seasonal Greens
“Trou Normand”
Herbed Pork Loin ~ Cranberry Chutney ~ Oven roasted Vegetables and Potatoes
Cheeses and Salad
Apple Hazelnut Torte ~ Calvados Cream
Chocolate Truffles

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1985 Blanc de Noir ~ Domaine Ste Michelle
1990 Cuvée Palmes d’Or Brut ~ Nicolas Feuillatte
2013 Vacqueyras Blanc ~ Vignoble Alain Ignace
2008 Gaillac ~ Conseil des Échansons de France ~ Château Labastidié
Fine Blanche de Gigondas ~ Eau de Vie de Vin ~ Gigondas Lacave

Open That Bottle Night 2015

Save the Date: March 19, 2015

GOUT DE FRANCE / GOOD FRANCE, MARCH 19, 2015,

A ONE-OF-A-KIND/ UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVOR FRANCE

“Talking about cuisine — French cuisine
— is also talking about joie de vivre, delicacy, optimism, and pleasure
— ideas that are all crucial to the image of France.”
Alain Ducasse

Goût de / Good France will celebrate French gastronomy in various locations worldwide on March 19, 2015. A total of 1300 chefs on all five continents are expected to join the event on the eve of spring. Dinners served simultaneously in participating restaurants will honour the merits of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation, and its values: sharing, enjoying, and respecting the principles of high-quality, environmentally responsible cuisine.

In 1912, Auguste Escoffier started Les Dînersd’Épicure (Epicurean Diners): one day, one menu, served in cities around the world, to as many guests as possible. In 2015, Goût de/Good France takes the idea further, bringing all categories of restaurants together globally. This event will mark the first concrete demonstration of French cuisine’s recent listing in the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” category by UNESCO, and its influence on the world.

From fine dining to quality bistro food, in an effort to highlight diversity, all chefs are invited to participate in this great event by registering online, at the Goût de/Good France website, until December 20, 2014.

Goût de/Good France’s objectives are to:

PROMOTE FRENCH TOURISM — in an effort to promote France, this one of a kind diner will take advantage of international visibility, and aim to send a strong message to the world, through dynamic and creative chefs.

CARRY THE COLORS OF FRENCH CUISINE WITH PRIDE — it will send messages of strong added values:

The message that French cuisine is CONTEMPORARY — Traditional French cuisine is not a dominion of the 21st century culinary scene. Participating chefs are encouraged to blend their own culinary culture to that of France, rather than discounting it.

The message that French cuisine is EXCELLENCE — Healthy, Innovative, and Responsible: In addition to representing the heartiness associated with the pleasures of eating, food also becomes the symbol of France’s positive values.

  • Healthy dishes prepared from fresh, seasonal, and local produce, with low fat, salt, and sugar content;
  • Meals for everyone, from bistro to gourmet dining.

During the Goût de/Good France event, an international communication plan will be made available to participating chefs in an effort to promote their dishes, and their savoir faire, all over the world with active support from French embassies and Atout France.