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A two-week introduction to wines and spirits

These intensive introductory courses are designed for anyone wishing to perfect their knowledge of wine. Suitable for amateurs, enlightened or not, culinary arts students and hotel and catering professionals, no special knowledge is required to register. 

The teacher passes on his techniques and know-how to all participants, so that each of them is able to understand the world of wines through numerous tastings.

This experience takes place in the heart of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, in a tasting room dedicated to the wine professions in the spirit of a winery and equipped in partnership with Riedel crystal.
Each participant receives theoretical support covering all the topics covered.

Key information

Prerequisites: Open to everyone

Course duration:
2 weeks - Discover the different facets of French oenology and wines
55 hours, from Mondays to Fridays, 9:30am to 5pm

Tuition fee:

2 weeks: 2 450

The costs include a welcome coffee on the first day, course material and tastings. 

Teaching Method:

The equipment is loaned during the tastings. Course and written examination at the end of the training. 100% success rate in the last session.

Teaching language:

This course is taught in French and consecutively translated into English.


- Job seeker: This training may be eligible as part of your professional project and your job search. A quote will be given to you by the institute for any external funding requests.

- French employees, self-employed professions and entrepreneurs: Internship costs can be financed by your company's skills development plan. You will need to contact your Human Resources department, which will contact the Training Insurance Fund / OPCO, specific to your branch.

This training is not eligible for the CPF Training Personal Account.

Programme details

  • Educational Objectives
    • Develop skills to assess the quality of a wine
    • Deepen one's knowledge of vineyards
    • Discover and understand the food and wine pairings
  • Course content
    • Introduction to tasting
    • Red, rosé and white vinifications as well as special vinifications
    • Study of the main French wine regions, tasting based on a selection of wines representative of the vineyard explored: Burgundy, Languedoc-Roussillon, Alsace and Jura, Champagne, Bordeaux, Loire and Rhône Valley
    • Cooking demonstration by a Le Cordon Bleu Chef with food and wine pairings
    • Discovery of wines from organic and biodynamic agriculture as well as natural wines
    • Third week: Study of the main European wine-producing countries, tasting based on a selection of wines representative of the countries explored: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany and Hungary
  • Certificate

    All participants in this training will take a written test and a blind tasting at the end of the program. A certificate of participation from Le Cordon Bleu Paris is issued at the end of the training by the Chef Sommelier. This training being sanctioned by an evaluation, a training certificate will be issued with regard to the trainee's results.

  • Dates and Tuition Fees

    Term Dates & Prices

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    Jun 17, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024 ( Standard )
  • Statistics

    Pass rate: The pass rate for this course was 96% in 2021

    Attendance rate: The attendance rate for this course was 98.20% in 2021


  • "I have taken many short wine courses in my life and I learned more in this course than in every other wine course all added together. Clement's knowledge and teaching style are outstanding. He is one of the best teachers that I have had in a long time. My one suggestion for improvement would be to distribute the presentation that he uses to the paying members of the class. I am sure that it took many years to create a presentation of such high quality; however, the fact that it is of such high quality would make it very helpful to retain."
    Jim Vesterman, Intensive Wine Course 2022
  • "This class exceeded my expectations in every way. The instructor (Clement) was very knowledgeable and passionate about the topic and made it very engaging. The only drawback was that the class had to end. I think the whole class would have willingly spent another week learning as much as possible. The wines we tasted, the food and wine pairing luncheon, the Riedel master class, all top notch. As mainly an English speaker, I also have to give credit for Sophie's translation skills. She didn't just translate, she was genuinely interested in the topic herself and at times asked questions that benefitted all of us (French or English)."
    Rob Ringenberg, Intensive Wine Course 2021
  • I was really impressed by the teacher's commitment during the course. There was a technical, educational and social atmosphere that really motivated me to learn and fueled my interest in wine. Overall, I had an experience that I will hold dear for the rest of my life. Clément is truly a character and a teacher who brings great value to students. I am particularly impressed.
    Marthe Fahre, Intensive Wine Course 2021

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Last page update in August 2023.