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The Cornell Epicure: An Exploration of Fine Wine and Gourmet Food

June 9, 2016


photo of wine bottle, grapes, cheese

You're invited to increase your appreciation—and indulge your passion—for fine regional wine (and beer, too!) at this half-day seminar dedicated to learning how and why certain beverages enhance our overall culinary experience. The focus of the day's events will be on locally sourced food, wine, and beer from the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Led by a Cornell wine and food expert, you'll refine your skills in evaluating wines, deepen your understanding of delicious wine and food pairings, and learn how regional and climate variations create the unique flavors and aromas behind every glass of wine and beer.

This epicurean adventure will feature multiple tastings, a savory catered lunch at the Cornell Botanic Gardens, and the opportunity to enjoy a variety of locally produced foods, from artisan cheeses and breads to gourmet chocolates and charcuterie.

Through guided tastings, discussions, and practice, you will gain a better understanding of:

  • the history of wine,
  • the components of wine,
  • how to evaluate wines and beers,
  • how to cook with wine,
  • the effects of terroir on flavor, and
  • how to pair wine and food.

At the end of the program, participants will receive a Cornell Epicure certificate.

This seminar is designed for:

  • wine, beer, and food enthusiasts,
  • home cooks, winemakers, and beermakers
  • restaurateurs, chefs, and sommeliers, and
  • those who want to improve their food and beverage knowledge.

All are welcome!

If you enjoy the Cornell Epicure, you may also wish to consider attending the Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience (CUVEE), an exciting weeklong program exploring the science of grape growing and wine making.