Bordeaux J'Adore

Good to learn,

A unique gourmet experience for keen cooks in Europe's cosmopolit­an wine country: farm-to-table cuisine, cooking classes, wine and food pairings

- SUZANNE NELSON

Chefs open up their kitchens to us .......... . .

A MAJOR PART OF THE BORDEAUX REGION'S CULTURAL RENAISSANC­E over the last two decades has been the trend towards farm-to-table cuisine and the art of food and wine pairings. This foodie revolution has attracted many talented chefs, many of whom offer visitors cooking classes. Wine pairings not to be missed!

Whether you're a passionate amateur cook or culinary neophyte, there's a cooking course for you. You'll find classes focused on wine and food pairing, others on culinary techniques and local produce. Chateaux, hotels and restaurant­s offer memorable experience­s under the guidance of expert chefs. Here are a few highlights:

◆ Château Kirwan

Château Kirwan is a classified growth in Margaux, one of the great historic estates. The estate is one of the leaders in wine tourism, and offers cooking classes with the personable chef Stephanie Bottreau, owner of Cook N'tinem. The course includes a wine tasting over lunch and tour of the beautiful estate. Costs for 2-4 people, €127/person; 5+ people, €112/person.

33460 Cantenac, 05 57 88 71 00 mail@chateau-kirwan.com www.chateau-kirwan.com

◆ Château Phélan Ségur

Chateau Phélan Ségur offers cooking courses with Chef Jimmy Delage. They school you in the great classics of gourmet French cuisine. The proprietor­s of Phélan Ségur also own Michelin starred restaurant­s, and Delage has regularly trained with Michelin starred chefs. The cooking course lasts two hours, and is accompanie­d by a visit of the winery and a tasting of three vintages, followed by a champagne aperitif. The lunch, prepared in the cooking course, is served with two vintages from among the estate's wines. Costs 200 €/person.

33180 Saint-estephe, 05 56 59 74 00 www.phelansegu­r.com

◆ Hôtel Château Cordeillan-bages

The new chef at the luxury hotel Cordeillan-bages, Julien Lefebvre, offers cooking courses for 1 – 4 participan­ts in the kitchen at Cordeillan-bages. Lefebvre focuses on seasonal produce as well as à la carte themes. The course includes three recipes and lasts 2.5 hours. A tasting follows the cooking session. Wine and food pairing courses are also. available. The price is 80€ per person and with wine pairing 120€ per person. From 3:30 -6 PM, Wednesday thru Sunday, based on availabili­ty. By reservatio­n only.

www.cordeillan­bages.com

◆ Hôtel Saint James

The Relais & Chateaux Hotel Saint James, with its stunning view of Bordeaux from its perch in Bouilac, offers cooking classes with sous chef Celia Girard, who works under Michelin starred chef Nicolas Magie. The culinary program offers seven classes a week, with bespoke classes available on request. The themed classes change frequently, so check their online schedule. Prices range from 45 €/person for a relaxing Friday evening of canapés and wine to a 155 €/person 'Comme au Saint James' on Saturday morning.

3, place Camille-hostein, 33270 Bouliac, 05 56 20 92 58 www.saintjames-bouliac.com

◆ Château Dauzac

Chatau Dauzac has won awards for its upscale and convivial tourism activities around wine and food, including learning how to blend wine, harvest honey and pair Wagyu beef with aged Dauzac wines. Set in a splendid park, Dauzac organizes cooking classes with their chef in the chateau or in the 'Panoramic' room. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6PM, May to October. Contact them for details.

33460 Labarde, 05 57 88 98 51 www.chateaudau­zac.com

◆ Bordeaux River Suite

Sylvie Cazes, the owner of Le Chapon Fin, the iconic restaurant next to Grands Hommes in Bordeaux's famed 'triangle' of luxury boutiques, offers cooking classes with Chef Nicolas Nguyen Van Hai and other chefs at Bordeaux River Suite, with a panoramic view of the quays and river. As with the company's bespoke wine tours, the cooking courses can be adapted to clients' requests. For guests staying in the twobedroom luxury flat, a cooking course with a local chef costs 148 €/person, based on 4 people. A gastronomi­c cooking course with Chef Nguyen Van Hai runs to 216 €/person, based on 4 people. For cooking courses only, without accommodat­ion, contact Bordeaux Saveurs.

17, allées de Tourny, 05 56 90 91 92 www.bordeauxsa­veurs.com

 ?? PHOTO TAYLOR YANDELL ?? Cooking workshop at the Bordeaux River Suite.
PHOTO TAYLOR YANDELL Cooking workshop at the Bordeaux River Suite.
 ?? PHOTO D.R. ?? Cooking workshop at Château Phélan Ségur.
PHOTO D.R. Cooking workshop at Château Phélan Ségur.
 ?? PHOTO JÉRÔME MONDIÈRE ?? Workshop Côté Cour at the hôtel Saint James.
PHOTO JÉRÔME MONDIÈRE Workshop Côté Cour at the hôtel Saint James.

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