4-Day Taste Unlocked Masterclass:

Food & Thought

France & Italy's relationship through time, wine and food

4 – 7 October 2018

Our signature masterclass where we explore the relationship between two giants of the culinary world both intellectually and practically.

  • Interactive discussion sessions explore the culinary and vinous relationship between France and Italy from the time of the Romans through to today
  • Professional wine tasting instruction
  • Discussion sessions, tastings and meals held in a 1,000 year old converted chapel
  • All lunches and dinners included
  • All wine included to accompany meals and with tastings
  • Taste over 18 fine wines from around France and Italy
  • Home-cooked meals according to genuine heritage French and Italian recipes
  • Produce and ingredients are from local farms and markets
  • Sample the cuisine of the Beauce – the 'bread basket' of France
  • Dinner at noted local restaurant Le Saint Hilaire
  • Guided tour of UNESCO-listed medieval Chartres Cathedral included
  • Coincides with the world-famous Chartres en Lumière displays
  • Exclusively limited to 10 participants
  • Plenty of free time to relax and enjoy Chartres

Price: Book by 7 August 2018 to secure the early-bird price of €850 per person, saving 10%. Full price for later bookings is €945. A non-refundable deposit of €300 is required to confirm your booking; full payment is due by 21 September 2018. We are happy to suggest accommodation options – just contact us.

Click here to download a pdf of the course programme.

bespoke tasting courses and events

How about crafting your own unique event?

We are available for bespoke food and wine holidays throughout the year on any number of culinary themes. We can cater from 4 to 12 guests in Chartres for weekend food breaks or longer, in-depth explorations of the cuisine of a region. Some suggested themes are:

  • The wines and cuisine of Burgundy
  • The wines of Bordeaux and the cuisine of Aquitaine
  • Learn to cook classic French cuisine
  • A Tour de France through wine

Contact us to discuss your needs and we can put together a package for your party.

 Chartres Cathedral illuminated during the world-famous Festival of Lights.

Chartres Cathedral illuminated during the world-famous Festival of Lights.

 Experience authentic French cuisine including a variety of breads from the Beauce.

Experience authentic French cuisine including a variety of breads from the Beauce.

 Your taste buds will be awakened through a series of tutored tastings.

Your taste buds will be awakened through a series of tutored tastings.

 Our food and wine tasting courses include 5-10 hours of expert food and wine tuition in small groups.

Our food and wine tasting courses include 5-10 hours of expert food and wine tuition in small groups.

 We will undertake a virtual wine tour of the Loire Valley during each course.

We will undertake a virtual wine tour of the Loire Valley during each course.