We are dedicated to bringing you outstanding learning and travel opportunities with tastings, seminars, and hands-on classes designed to guide you into an enhanced appreciation of wines, spirits, and food.
Tasting one wine, spirit or food tells you little more than if you like it. To fully understand and comprehend you must TASTE & COMPARE as much as possible, while gaining the information you need to raise that understanding to a higher level.
French Wine Scholar !
Now accepting registrations for the winter 2019 Program
Sundays 1-4 pm
Beginning January 19, 2020
Do you want to take your wine knowledge to the next level?
This excellent program is perfect for serious wine hobbiests or for anyone who works in the Hospitality Industry and would benefit from an INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATION!
For full program description and to register,
Or are you interested in a more casual dive into the history and culture of French food and wine, and the great brandies of Cognac and Armagnac? Join me at the Alliance Francaise for:
Le Goût du Vin
(The Taste of Wine)
Explore and taste French wines and brandies through the lens of history and culture. Learn to read and demystify French wine labels. Discover new favorites and find hidden treasures. Wine & refreshments paired to the region will be served at each class.
Maxine Borcherding, wine educator, sommelier, and OCI Lead Chef Instructor (retired); and Hoke Harden, French Wine Scholar, Certified Wine Educator, and Certified Cognac Educator will guide you through the wine regions of France in two five-week seminars beginning on Monday, September 9:
Part I: French wine 101; Midi/Languedoc/Provence; Bordeaux/SW France; Cognac/Pineau de Charente; Loire.
Part II: Champagne; Alsace; Armagnac/ Floc de Gascogne; Rhône Valley; Burgundy/Beaujolais.
You can also register for single classes!
Classes taught in English with the opportunity to learn some delicious French vocabulary.
To register at the Alliance Francaise PDX:
FOOD AND WINE TRAVEL
OUR SPRING 2020 TRIP WILL BE TO
May 22, 2020 - May 31, 2020
With vibrant cities, 850 km of stunning beaches, 3000 hours of sunshine, magnificent food, delicious wines, and warm, welcoming people, Americans are discovering why Portugal enjoys a reputation as one of the best places in Europe to travel and live.
Want to see why?
Want to see why?
Join Maxine Borcherding of Taste and Compare Academy, New York Times Travel Show Speaker, Sheree M. Mitchell (Miami, Florida) and local culinary superstars for an exclusive wine, food and culture experience in Portugal!
From off-the-beaten path small production wineries and specialty food shops to ultra-elegant Michelin-starred restaurants, and exclusive trips into the internationally-acclaimed Douro Valley, you are sure to see a side of Portugal that is rarely accessible to most tourists.
Grab your passport, your camera, and your appetite and let's go!
This is a small group tour- 14 to 16 guests only, so don't delay: reserve your spot now!
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Where would you like to travel next?
Perhaps Bordeaux, Cognac and the Dordogne? Perhaps the Loire Valley?
Or Provence and the Rhone?
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and tell us where you would love to travel!
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Looking for an idea for a celebration with friends or a business team building event? How about an introduction to wine; a food and wine pairing class; a comparison of new world and old world wines; or a virtual tour of one of the world's great wine regions? Let us help you plan a fun and memorable program. Contact us here for more information and to reserve your date.