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The cooking and wine tour is an immersion in Bordeaux life through cooking, learning about the Bordeaux wines, meeting local people, and visiting very well known and respected wine cellars and chateaux. Learn all about local foods, visit local markets, and then try cooking home food using fresh produce. Meet local people and get used to cooking in a homely and friendly environment and enjoy meals at the locals place.
You will spend five nights in Jean Pierre and Elsa's private home, a 17th century restored barn.
You will arrive on Sunday, be met at the airport or train station, and you will be transferred to your accommodation, a lovely private home, bed and breakfast type. A welcome dinner cooked by Jean Pierre and Elsa will indulge you in the evening. Monday through Wednesday, morning visits to different local farmers markets are planned, so that you can buy produce which will be prepared for the meals of the day and meet local farmers. The idea is to see what is in season at different markets and learn to plan a menu with what is available. After the market, visits are held to a local artisan, a famous Bordeaux chateau or winery or the beautiful medieval village of Saint Emilion.
Lunches are at home with products from the morning market, prepared by Jean Pierre and Elsa. Cooking classes take place in the afternoon at home, a 17th century restored barn, for approximately three hours. The idea of the cooking classes is to teach, as well as prepare with you your meal for the evening in order for you to see how to plan a menu and execute a complete meal. Each evening dinner, always prepared by Jean Pierre and Elsa, is held in different location, from their home, or friends house, to a chateau, so that you guests can see different kind of homes and decors and meet local people.
On Thursday, you will visit the city of Bordeaux, classified historical monument by UNESCO. This day includes a visit and lesson to a respected local chocolate-maker; this family has been making chocolate since the 18th century. Next, you will enjoy a cheese tasting in the 18th century cellar of an affineur. The afternoon is followed by a visit to one of Denise's family 18th century chateaux in the Pessac Lognan appellation, followed by a formal dinner at home. You will depart on Friday morning.
Visit to city of Bordeaux with cheese tasting
Visits to different local farmers markets
Visit to local artisan
Visit to one of Denise's family 18th century chateaux
The retreat takes place in the beautiful region of Bordeaux, France.
You will be having daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunches are at your accommodation with products from the morning market, prepared by Jean Pierre and Elsa. Every dinner is prepared by Jean Pierre and Elsa as well, and is held in different locations. Wine will accompany all your lunches and dinners.
The nearest airport to the location is Bordeaux-Mrignac Airport (BOD).