Spring Wines Workshop: Wednesday 15 March 2017

Date: 15/03/2017
Event Time(s): 18:30

Location: Le Cordon Bleu London, 15 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2LS

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Price: £15.00 (Members) and £25.00 (non-members)
How to Book: To provisionally reserve a place, please email

An Insider’s Guide to Celebratory Drinking
Postponed from November, Matthieu Longuère MS (pictured below), Wine Development Manager at Le Cordon Bleu London and tutor of its prestigious Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management, is treating Guild members to an insider’s guide to wines to celebrate Spring, including of course Easter feasting.

Photograph of Matthieu Longuère
Matthieu holds the Sommelier’s equivalent of the MW, the Master Sommelier Diploma, the highest achievable status for professional sommeliers held by just over 230 people around the world. Following hospitality training in France, Matthieu moved to England and held senior sommelier positions at Lucknam Park Country House Hotel and Hotel du Vin. After being awarded Best Sommelier UK in 2000, Matthieu joined La Trompette as Head Sommelier, winning multiple accolades for its wine list before gaining his MS Diploma.

Our workshop will take place in Le Cordon Bleu’s dedicated Wine Room – but fear not, this is no fiercely scholarly tutorial (though you are welcome to ask as many fiendish questions as you wish!), rather a delightful excursion into the fascinating territory of alternatives to the so-called classics, along with suggestions on how best to create a top-notch experience.

We’ll be looking at those vexatious matters of glass shape, decanting (or not) and serving temperature – but all in the cause of creating a perfect experience, with the emphasis on the celebratory and the refreshing. Happily, the venerable Franciacorta promised at Christmas is still on the cards as perfect for Easter. Matthieu will be showing the following: 
  • Ferghettina Franciacorta Extra Brut, Lombardia, Italy 2009 12.5% Abv
  • Savennières – Roche aux Moines, Domaine aux Moines, Chenin Blanc, Loire, France 1998 12.5% Abv
  • St Laurent, Weingut Johanneshof Reinisch, Thermenregion, Austria, 2014 13% Abv
  • Valtellina Superiore Sassella ‘N’ Balgera, Lombardia, Italy 2004 12% Abv
  • Sydre Argelette, Eric Bordelet, Chateau de Hauteville, Normandie, France 2015 5.5% Abv
Springtime nibbles prepared by Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs
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With over 120 years of teaching experience, Le Cordon Bleu has become the leading global network of culinary arts and hospitality management institutes, providing a solid foundation in gastronomy, wine, hospitality and management to over 20,000 graduates each year. Le Cordon Bleu also offers a wide range of short courses for food enthusiasts taught by Master chefs, lecturers and wine experts in the most advanced facilities. 

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