Level 3 Diploma Course – Can also be taken as continuing education
This unique 10-week (40 contact hour) upper level college like course focuses on developing technical wine and food pairing skills — and is the only course of its kind offered in the United States.
A combination of lectures, tastings, and pairing exercises will allow students to develop an advanced understanding of wine and food pairing.
Each class includes a multi-protein, wine-paired meal – prepared by one of our professional chefs – to illustrate the impact of sauces, spices, and cooking techniques on proteins when making wine pairing decisions.
- European and American Dining
- Food and Wine Planning
- Wine and Food Evaluation Techniques
- Sauces and Spices
- Cooking Techniques
- Fish and Shellfish
- Poultry and Game Birds
- Meat and Wild Game
- Soup, Salad, Vegetables, and Vegetarian
- Cross-Cultural Pairing (e.g. Chinese food and wine)
- A multi-protein meal with 4 wines each class
- Wine tastings of approximately 40 wines
- 300 pages of educational material specifically developed for this course
- A 4-course graduation dinner with wine pairings done by students
Each class includes a multi-protein meal – prepared by one of our professional chefs – with 4 or 5 wines. The purpose of the meal is to illustrate the impact and importance of sauces, spices, and cooking techniques on proteins when making wine pairing decisions.
Below is an example menu from the Fish and Shellfish class, which exemplifies the range and caliber of food served during each class:
- Seared Tuna and Creamy White Beans and Aiole
- Talapia Fish Sticks with Remoulade Sauce
- Smoked Trout Mousse with Orange and Chives
- Fried Catfish Taco with Chipotle Slaw
- Seabass Ceviche
- Maryland Crabcakes
All dishes are served as small plates. This course is not designed for vegetarians or vegans.
Registration & Schedule:
The cost for registration, course materials, food (including a light dinner each class and 4-course graduation dinner), and tastings of approximately 40+ wines is $2,095.
This advanced course is offered 4 times a year as an 10-week course and four times a year as an intensive study 1-week advanced course. A graduation dinner is held on the evening of the last day of class from 6 to 9:30 p.m.