Become a wine expert in six days!

Become a wine expert in six days!

Do you know which earthy red goes best with rich game? Why Grenache-Shiraz-Mourverde brings out the flavour of red meat with pepper sauce? Or why Chardonnay marries beautifully with grilled lobster but never with tuna? If you want to find out why, and learn more, then a new wine-tasting holiday at La Verriere wine estate, in Provence, could be for you. Dubbed ‘the extreme wine experience’, the intensive course teaches guests how to select wines to match food so that they can impress at dinner parties – and in just six nights.

While that may not be long enough to get to know everything there is to know about wine, the course, accredited by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, promises to give guests an awareness of the world’s wine regions and grape varieties.

It’s a hands-on course; guests watch demonstrations then get stuck in at the vineyard to learn about the science of winemaking. There will also be the chance to visit nearby private estates, including Chateauneuf-du-Pape, not to mention plenty of tasting sessions…

La Verriere – which produces Rhone wines such as Chene Bleu – is part a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and includes a sensitively restored ninth-century house where guests stay. After a strenuous few days of sampling, guests can relax in the infinity pool or potter about the town.

And those that choose to stay on after completing the course have plenty to do in Provence. We recommend making time to pick up fresh veg and candied fruit (the local speciality) at the village markets in the Luberon, and cycling through the Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon.

The course was designed by Nicole Rolet from La Verriere, Clive Barlow MW, the chairman of the Education Committee of the Institute of Masters of Wine, and Nick Dumergue, a senior judge on the International Wine Challenge panel.

Extreme Wine Experience, 17-21 June 2012, from €5,100. To book contact La Verriere (00 33 490 10 06 31;

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