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8 Ways to Increase Your Wine Knowledge at ICC This Fall

Whether you’re serious about pursuing a career as a Sommelier, looking to enhance your wine knowledge, or need a crash course in tasting basics, there are a number of opportunities this fall to pursue your wine studies at ICC. From one-day classes for new wine-lovers, to professional development courses for the established Sommelier and enrichment tastings for Intensive Sommelier Training students, check out all the ways you can learn, and taste, about wine & spirits this fall!

Please note, students & event attendees must be at least 21 years of age to participate in these classes or tastings.

FALL CLASSES, PANELS & TASTINGS AT ICC

OFF THE VINE PANEL DISCUSSION
Off the vine elevating hospitality through wine
Off the Vine: Elevating Hospitality Through Wine
Thursday, September 26 | 6:30pm-8:00pm
RSVP to events@culinarycenter.com

Join us for Off the Vine: Elevating Hospitality Through Wine on 9/26 with wine industry professionals Anna-Christina Cabrales (GM & Wine Director of Morrell Wine Bar) and Jerry Cox (Sommelier at Le Coucou) to discuss how sommeliers can maximize their value in restaurants. We’ll explore the role of sommeliers as ambassadors of hospitality—both on and off the restaurant floor—and how it’s evolving with the use of social media. In addition, we’ll discuss how sommeliers are driving taste trends both in service, and as wine list curators, and the outcomes of such change. Plus, they’ll share professional words of wisdom that every sommelier should know, such as the do’s and don’t(s) of service! Come with your questions—there will be an open Q&A with the panelists following the discussion, and the opportunity to network with other professionals.

Looking to break into the industry? You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about how ICC’s Intensive Sommelier Training program can help you pursue your wine career.

UPCOMING CLASSES
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One-day Wine Uncorked Class
Saturday, October 12 | 12:00pm-3:00pm
$195

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon opening up the world of wine in a lively and rewarding fashion. In this one-day class, we’ll outline wine-making traditions of the Old World and compare this sensibility with the extroverted can-do attitude of New World oenology. You’ll learn to taste and describe wine just like the professionals, and discover what you prefer as your go-to vino! Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to taste wines under the guidance of a Certified Sommelier. It’s the perfect way for beginners and wine lovers to build confidence in tasting wine!

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Intensive Sommelier Training Program
October 3 – December 13 | Mon-Fri, 10:00am-2:00pm
October 29 – March 9 | Mon-Wed, 6:00pm-10:00pm
$9,950

In as little as 10-weeks, our Intensive Sommelier Training program provides aspiring professionals with the in-depth expertise required to succeed in the wine industry through a combination of lectures, tastings food pairings and service techniques. Students learn how to taste and evaluate 300+ wines—valued at more than $10,000—from around the world and, upon completion of the course, have the option to take, on-site, the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Introductory and Certified Sommelier Examinations. With lessons in viticulture and oenology to tasting and service instruction taught exclusively by Master Sommeliers on staff, you’ll become skilled in advanced sensory evaluation and service techniques.

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Certified Sherry Wine Specialist Seminar
Thursday, November 14 | 3:30-6:00pm
$35

Lustau, maker of top quality Sherries, presents a brand new wine certification available to all wine students and industry professionals: the Certified Sherry Wine Specialist. Offered by Lucas Payà, Certified Sherry Educator and Lustau’s Brand Educator, this brief course offers Intermediate Level study material that has been reviewed and approved by the Regulatory Council of Jerez. This 2.5-hour class includes instruction on the history, geography, climate, viticulture, wine-making, and wine styles in addition to pairings and service techniques. In addition, students will be guided through a tasting of 6 wines including all the basic styles (Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, and Dulce). At the end, students will take a short test, graded after the course to award the Certified Sherry Wine Specialist recognition to those with a passing score.

UPCOMING TASTING EVENTS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS & ALUMNI

*Limited space available. Must be a current student of alumni of the school. Please RSVP to events@culinarycenter.com.*

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Médoc Wine Tasting with Dewey Markham
October 7 | 3:00pm-5:00pm

Please join us for a seminar on Médoc wines with Dewey Markham on Monday, October 7th from 3-5 pm at the International Culinary Center, 28 Crosby Street—5th floor (505 classroom). Mr. Markham is a leading Bordeaux expert, acclaimed author, and industry veteran, and will guide attendees through a tasting of 5 wines.

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Diplomático Rum Tasting and Food Pairing
October 10 | 3:30pm-5:00pm

Join us on October 10th for a tasting and food pairing with Diplomático Rum, one of the finest rums in the world. Diplomático has been producing rum in Venezuela since 1959 and is now distributed in over 80 countries. Bringing their knowledge of distillation to ICC, they’ll share the history, process, production, craft and ingredients that go into producing their premium spirits. We’ll be guided through a tasting of three different Diplomático rums: Reserva Exclusiva, Single Vintage 2004, and Ambassador, as well as a discussion of how to pair rum with food.

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Vinho Verde: Monção and Melgaço
Wednesday, November 6 | 3:30pm-5:00pm

Join us for a lecture and tasting on Vinho Verde wines with Bruno Almeida, passionate Sommelier and Portuguese native. Vinho Verde is the biggest DOC of Portugal, up in the cool, rainy, verdant northwest.  Vibrant freshness, lightness, and aromatic & flavorful expressions are the characteristics that define and differentiate Vinho Verde. The seminar will focus on the Monção & Melgaço sub-region, birthplace of the Alvarinho varietal and will give you insight into the natural conditions of the region, the viticulture and winemaking, the main varieties and wine profiles from Monção & Melgaço that are well worth discovering.

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Alto Adige Wines with May Matta-Aliah
Thursday, November 11 | 3:30pm-5:00pm

Join us for a lecture and tasting on Alto Adige wines with the brilliant May Matta-Aliah.  May holds a WSET Diploma in Wines & Spirits and is a Certified Wine Educator with a focus on France, Italy, and Spain.  While she has a dizzying list of diplomas and certifications under her belt, May’s passion is what makes her lectures amazing.  She is an ambassador for the Trentino Alto Adige region of Northern Italy, and her enthusiasm here is readily apparent!

CURRENT INTENSIVE SOMMELIER TRAINING STUDENTS ONLY

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Celebrate Bastille Day With French Cooking at ICC This July!

In celebration of Bastille Day this July, we’re looking back at our days as The French Culinary InstituteTM with a whole month of programming dedicated to honoring French cuisine and culture, as well as our founding as FCITM. Join us for two demos and tastings this July that celebrate everything we love about French culinary techniques, food and wine, as well three hands-on one-day cooking classes to get you mastering the art of French cooking yourself!

Observe the masterful Chef Jacques Pépin, Dean of Special Programs, in his La Techniques demonstration to learn the fundamental knife skills every good cook must know. Experience the art of pairing through a tasting of Rosé wines and regional French cuisine from our Director of Culinary Arts & Technology, Chef Hervé Malivert. Plus, be sure to register for our French Culinary Institute hands-on one day classes offered all month long!

Check out the event details and classes below & register to attend!

BRUSH UP ON YOUR FRENCH TECHNIQUES...

JULY DEMOS & TASTINGS
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Tour de Rosé: Demo and Food Pairing with Chef Hervé Malivert
Wednesday, July 24 | 3:30-5pm
ICC Amphitheater

ICC’s Director of Culinary Arts & Technology, Chef Hervé Malivert, will showcase some of the best food and wine from France! We’ll travel through France, right in the heart of NYC, to taste regional dishes from around the country. You’ll watch the steps to creating delicious French classics, then enjoy the dishes paired with rosé wines from the same region! We’ll taste from well known regions, like Provence and Champagne, as well as Languedoc-Roussillon. Plus, don’t miss Chef Hervé’s surprise pairing where we will explore a lesser known region as well!

Open to current ICC students and alumni, RSVP required. Limited seating for the general public may be available with an RSVP to events@culinarycenter.com

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La Technique with Chef Jacques Pépin
Wednesday, July 31 | 3:30-5pm
ICC Amphitheater

Join us for an exclusive demonstration with ICC’s Dean of Special Programs, Chef Jacques Pépin, as he shares the fundamental techniques to improve your knife skills.

Open to current ICC students and alumni, no RSVP required. Limited seating for the general public available with an RSVP to events@culinarycenter.com

...THEN LEARN TO COOK YOUR FAVORITE FRENCH CLASSICS!

JULY ONE-DAY FRENCH CULINARY & PASTRY CLASSES
baguette
Saturday, July 13 | 10am- 2pm

Learn how to make the perfect baguette! Get hands-on in mixing, fermenting, folding and shaping your dough with Old-World techniques before scoring and finishing it in the oven.  Then, take home your skills to get that rich, chewy texture, the aroma and the satisfying crunch of the crust in your own kitchen.

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Saturday, July 13 | 3:30-7:30pm

Learn how easy it is to make marvelous madeleines—those elegant and distinctively shell-shaped French cakes—and the ever-popular classic French macaron (Gerber or macaron en français using almonds, meringue, buttercream and ganache). The result: delicate, delicious creations in bright, bold colors.

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FCI French Classics: Soup De Poissons & More
Saturday, July 20 | 10:00am-2:00pm

Escape to the South of France In this installment of our French Classics series. You’ll learn the secrets behind Soupe de Poissons à la Marseillaise—four different fish in a broth fragrant with saffron and Vichysoisse, the classic potato-leek soup. And for the grand finale, you’ll learn to make your own crèmes caramel.