Wine and food experience - exploring corks with cuisines

Wine and food experience - exploring corks with cuisines
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With lived experiences from 12 places across the world and 10 years working in hospitality and media, Alya has a unique insight into the world of culture, people and wine. Her corporate career focused on designing and delivering personal development courses and making workplaces more equitable. Her hospitality career led her to curate and host bespoke wine experiences, events and excursions across the world, tailor and customise wine lists, and obtain her WSET Level 3 and personal alcohol licence. Alya’s experience working as a Sommelier in Michelin-starred restaurants led her to realise how uncomfortable people are when choosing wine, particularly in the presence of an expert. Her goal is simple: make wine more accessible. Alya’s experiences, in the comfort of your own home, are about 4 things: 1) Depretentious-ising wine - she breaks it down and makes it easy to understand. 2) Discovering hidden gems - she'll introduce you to new grapes and regions, and also help you find those hidden gems on a wine list that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. 3) Helping you find what you like (and don’t like) - because, isn’t this the most important?! She’ll also help you understand *why* you like the wine, so you can find similar styles. 4) Learning something new - from the fundamentals of pairing food and wine, to debunking myths and, of course, giving you some fun facts to take away to your next restaurant experience. Alya’s interactive, immersive and fun approach makes understanding wine less daunting, and more fun. You’ll create some new stories, boost your wine confidence, and make a positive impact* whilst doing so. (*% of her gross earnings goes to charity).
This 3.5 hour corks and cuisines session takes exploring food and wine pairing one step further, to get you ready for your next restaurant experience and confident in opening that wine list, in the comfort of your own home. We'll start at the beginning - understanding how you get from grape to glass, together explore common terms used with wine and what to look for when choosing wine for your meal. We may explore wines you see on every wine list, or introduce completely new ones that'll take you by surprise. We'll have 5 cold and hot tasting courses, all home-made around a particular theme. Each of these courses will be paired to a wine, curated to your preferences. We'll use an interactive tasting card for each wine and together go through where they're from, what influences the flavours and how the food impacts the taste. This corks and cuisine experience includes: - Canapes - 3 tasting-size courses - Dessert or cheese - Optional extra dessert / cheese course - 1 wine per course Theme options include: 1) Exploring one... Either we'll explore one grape (Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir), one style (rose around the world) or one country/area (Italy, South Africa, Mediterranean). We will look at the different expressions of these grapes and styles around the world, or explore the one country of choice, how climate and wine making techniques influence these flavours and styles of wine. Wines will include a sparkling and sweet option. Food options will be made to match the theme. 2) Wine and spice Each course will focus on a different spice - ones you may cook with or find in restaurants - and look at how you would pair that distinct flavour with a particular wine. From pepper to cumin, ginger to chilli and paprika, zaatar and vanilla - all these flavours are things to look out for when pairing your food with wine, and we'll look at this in more detail. 3) Seasonal selection Cooking/eating out often revolves around what's in season, and the outside weather can impact which wines we want to drink. This theme explores foods that have come into season and what wines to pair (think asparagus, courgettes, spring green, lamb) with lighter reds, easy drinking whites, and of course, those roses. If you have a particular theme in mind, we can create a bespoke session around this. Available locations: London
Experience details

Experience duration:

3h 30min

Maximum number of Guests:


Minimum spend:


Lead time ahead of booking:

2 weeks

Set up time:

1 hour

Packing up time:

30-40 min
Additional info

Included from the hometainer:

Wine, all food, wine glasses, serving boards, interactive tasting cards, tasting note cards, pens

I will need the host to provide

Water glasses, plates, water, table/chairs

Dietary & Allergies

Can cater to all, please let me know any dietaries and allergies.

Operating hours

Sunday from 12:30h to 22:45h Monday Unavailable Tuesday from 10:00h to 22:45h Wednesday from 10:00h to 22:45h Thursday Unavailable Friday from 10:00h to 22:45h Saturday from 12:30h to 22:45h

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