French Cheese & Wine Workshop

About this workshop

If you’ve ever wondered why there are more than 500 different cheeses in France, how different cheeses are produced (what accounts for their texture, color, and smell?), why French cheesemakers use raw unpasteurized milk in their cheese, what the impact of seasonality and aging are on cheese, and how locals typically enjoy cheese in restaurants and at home… this is a tasting for you.

How much cheese? It depends on the day, but we usually go for at least 9 different cheeses, representing a wide variety of French regions and cheesemaking styles. And because it wouldn’t be a proper cheese tasting without wine, we’ll be matching at least three different French wines with our fromage and discussing principles for pairing cheese & wine that you can try on your own. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of some of the major categories and appellations of French cheese and wine, and you’ll have so much fun that it won’t feel like learning.

Practical info

Price for a small group tour: 110€ per person, including all tastings. Our tours are all conducted in English and last approximately three hours. This tour will finish with a seated tasting that includes wine, but we’ll be on our feet and moving for the first hour and then seated for the last two. We’ll send you the exact meeting point upon booking, but you can plan to begin near the Rue du Bac métro stop and finish near the Saint-Germain-des-près métro stop. We maintain very small group sizes and are unable to add guests to tours that don’t have enough available tickets. Send us an email if your desired dates are sold out or if you have any other questions. We hope to meet you soon!

A sampling of what we might taste

Banon de Banon
Runny goat cheeses, in season
Extra creamy cows' milk cheeses
Extra creamy cows’ milk cheeses
For the daring: pungent washed rind cheeses
For the daring: pungent washed rind cheeses from the monastic tradition
Crumbly cow's milk cheeses from central France
Crumbly, tangy cow’s milk cheeses from central France
Nutty and sharp cows’ milk cheeses, carefully aged for many years
A selection of blue cheeses. They're all so different!
A selection of blue cheeses. They’re all so different!

Cancellations Policy

A refund of 75% is available for those who cancel with at least 48 hours advance notice. For those who cancel with less than 48 hours notice, no refund will be made. Our tours run rain or shine. Clients who arrive more than 15 minutes late without calling or who don’t show up at all (no-shows) will be treated as last-minute cancellations without a refund.

Clients who are booking tours for the day of their arrival in Paris should be aware that we do not offer refunds in the case of delayed flights and trains (because this is such a common occurrence).

2 Comments on French Cheese & Wine Workshop

  1. I attended the 23 April Workshop hosted by Meg. Absolutely brilliant insights into cheese and wine matching and great value. Meg was a very engaging and knowledgeable host and was happy to pass on lots of insights into French food and wine culture. She also exceeded her job description by getting me a booking at a restaurant I wanted to try on my last night in Paris! This workshop is not to be missed.

  2. On a fantastic Day in Aligre my husband and I were fortunate enough to experience the amazing Meg, food writer and master of the fromage world! Our epicurean egos were dazzled, our palates satiated, thirsts quenched. Meg imparted a wealth of knowledge with a twist. Passionately unscripted with a joyful spirit, our “Tour de Fromage” host led us on a 3.5 hour decadent journey thru the land of Cheeeeeeese. It was one of those experiences we wish we could rewind and relive again and again. We explored 20 unique, hand selected cheeses & were fortunate enough to accompany Meg to a nearby market while she chose the final few. Equally incredible were the Wine pairings. Meg cleverly selected varietals from various regions including Muscadet, Monlouis-sur-Loire and Sancerre Rouge from the Loire Valley. Cairanne from the Southern Rhone and Banyuls from Roussillon. It’s been 9 months since our visit with Meg’s “Tour de Fromage” and remains a memory we cherish.

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