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Living in France

WICE is proud to offer courses that will show you how to master the French art of ‘savoir vivre’.

The French lifestyle has always been associated with a sense of style that is unique to their culture. While most of us were not born with that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality that comes so effortlessly to our Gallic compatriots, we can certainly try to learn some of their secrets.

Classes are currently divided into two main categories:

  • Le Vin Français: which incorporates all things related to French wine, headed up by two wine experts who have a unique view on French wines and all that encompasses.
  • Cuisine Francaise: which provides an expert chefs view on typical French cuisine, and how to prepare these wonderful dishes at home.

Help us keep this department vibrant and exciting by sending us your ideas for  subjects and classes you would like to see included. Email us at livinginfrance@wice-paris.org.


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Upcoming courses

    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 4
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    This grand cru classé Château is one of the oldest estates of Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux wine region. Growing in one single block, the 13-hectare Corbin vineyard is mainly planted with the merlot grape variety. We will talk about the appellation and its classification, explain the reputation of its wines and learn about this Château. 

    This is a unique opportunity to taste 5 different vintages from this famous château. Home-made nibbles will complement this tasting.

    About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

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    • 16 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 0
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    The cheese board is a staple of any French meal! The French are as serious about cheeses as they are about wines. Did you know that there are more than 1200 different French cheeses? This special wine event will be dedicated to the world of French cheese including its classification, the regional differences (terroir, seasonality ...) and cheese-making techniques. We will also discuss how to put together a cheese board for your meal and which wines to serve with them.

    This dinner session will include the tasting of 8 different cheeses & 4 white wines from different wine regions.  Champagne will be served as aperitif.

    About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

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    • 29 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC)
    • 6
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    ** Join us for a Hearty Lunch & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Thai-French Fusion Grilled Tuna

    Our summery Thai-French Fusion Grilled Tuna has a nifty exotic marinade of Thai and other spices and condiments. We'll talk about how you could also use salmon or swordfish. 

    After a brief bath in the flavorings, the fish  is ready to grill on the indoor stove-top grill or outdoor BBQ.  Chef Randall likes to serve it with a mango - cucumber salsa

    Chocolate Roulade Cake with Fresh Berries

    Our light and fresh dessert will incorporate berries to celebrate spring. Chef Randall will demonstrate his tricks for making an easy roulade (rolled) chocolate cake. 

    The result is a "wow" kind of cake with its creamy filling and bright, tangy fresh berries.  Only you will know just how easy it is to make while you impress your guests. 

    This cake has a light touch of chocolate and  a not-too-sweet filling.  Any fresh berries, or mix of berries, you have on hand will work well. 

    Techniques you will learn include how to: marinade and grill fish, grill using a stove-top iron griddle, make a fresh salsa for serving, make a rolled cake, and how to make a mascarpone-cream filling.

    About the Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 6
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    When it comes to bubbles, our spirits light up: almost every wine producing country in the world produces sparkling wine of some sort: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, Crémant, Blanquette de Limoux, Franciacorta, Sekt, American sparkling wines etc. What stands behind those names? What are the different processes? Which grape varieties are used? How have marketing strategies differed across the categories? 

    This dinner session will include the tasting of 5 different sparkling wines with refill. Home-made nibbles will complement this tasting. 

    About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

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