Feb 222012
 
Culinary Institute of America

Photo Credit: Wine Country This Week

Thoughts from teaching classes at the CIA and Napa College yesterday:

1.  People take wine way too seriously.  Which makes them really appreciative of even a tiny bit of humor about it.  For someone who was the smart aleck at the back of the class, it sure is fun!  And it’s fun to see the students start to relax once we get rolling…

2.  Tasting wine isn’t hard.  My students had no trouble identifying wines that they had tasted earlier in the evening–about 90% of them got it right.  But they did worry about it.  And while tasting the wines was easy, describing them was a whole ‘nother question.  Words are sacrier than wines!

3.  Teaching a class at 7 p.m. is a bit of a challenge when it comes to food and wine pairings.  Lots of people didn’t get to eat much dinner–and a few tasty suggestions had them groaning in their seats.

Next time:  a buffet!

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