If you love Paris, everything French, and you want to go even further in your cultural discovery, this article is for you!
The Paris Perfect Rentals team invited us this November to their special wine tasting session called Perfect French Wine & Cheese Pairing, led by the charming Amber. This was followed by an incredible cooking class with chef Charlotte Puckette.
The event took place at Margaux’s apartment – a beautiful space, styled with a lot of taste, with a royal view onto the Eiffel Tower.
First, Amber (a certified sommelier) explained to us the main wine-producing regions of France and detailed how the land of origin of the vine influences the different types of wines. For example, the white wine from the Alsace region is typically quite dry, whereas the southern wines are of a more sweet, fruity taste.
We then tried 6 different types of wine and tried to guess their main notes and their region of origin (with the help of little tips that Amber prepared for us). We’ll be honest: this is not the easiest of jobs since one has to really turn on all sensorial capacities. Does your glass contain notes of citrus, honey or something more exotic?
The cherry on the cake was the degustation of wine with different fruits, berries, cheese, and chocolate. We loved discovering the sacred secrets of wine and food pairing.
We will give you one favourite example on pairing a white wine:
2016 André Robineau, Sancerre – a vigorous, aromatic mix of herbaceous and fruity notes, with a well-rounded equilibrium in taste.
To accompany this wine, we had dried apricots, Valençay cheese, and almond with orange confit chocolate. Why this specific selection? Each type of food interacts in a synergistic way with the wine. The creamy texture of the Valençay cheese, for example, helps to tone down the acidic citrus notes and bring to the fore the fruity nuances of the wine in question.
Among the reds, our favourite was the 2007 Château Jouyente, Graves. To accompany this wine, we had fresh figs, the Pont-l’Évêque cheese made from unpasteurized milk, and a cream of coffee infused ganache chocolate.
Of course, we could go on for ages, teasing your senses, but instead we would highly recommend you discover Amber’s class yourself here. There is only so much we can say in words, let your senses free!
The second part of the evening was dedicated to a cooking masterclass.
We learnt to prepare a classical Thanksgiving dinner under the insightful guidance of Charlotte. This lady’s charm deserves a special mention. Cooking may seem tedious to some, but Charlotte’s passion is so contagious, that we didn’t even notice how the 2-3 hours flew by as we chopped, fried, and arranged food under the guidance of our chef.
Charlotte Puckette is an American with a steady 30 year old romance with Paris – a city she has chosen to be her home. Incredibly talented and human, Charlotte is lovely to spend time with.
If you too want to upgrade your cooking skills in a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, while learning from this Cordon Bleu alumnus, you can sign up here.
Rendez-vous next week for another cooking story with a new guest in our “Meet My Muse” rubric!
Photos: Alena Torgonskaya