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  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Savor a decadent mix of Belgian fare and French wine during this educational culinary experience in Brussels. Taste a variety of French wines from regions all around France, including Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, Alsace and Rhône, while learning wine-tasting and food-pairing techniques from your sommelier. Then, pair your wine with scrumptious Belgian food samples to see which wines pair best with which foods!

Highlights

  • Belgian food and French wine pairing in Brussels
  • Taste wines from France’s most famed wine-producing regions including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire and Rhône
  • Discover what makes European winemaking so unique compared to American winemaking
  • Pair your wine with samples of traditional Belgian fare

What You Can Expect

Belgian Food and French Wine-Tasting Tour in Brussels

Pair excellent Belgian chocolate with some French wine

Your 4-hour Belgian food and French wine tour starts in the afternoon at the Godiva chocolate store in central Brussels. Start with a relaxed wine-tasting session with an expert sommelier, who’ll teach you about winemaking in France, explain wine terms and teach you basic wine-tasting techniques.

Taste a variety of at least 10 wines from several regions in France such as Alsace, Burgundy, Rhône, Bordeaux, Languedoc, Roussillon and the Loire Valley. You’ll also delve into the world of modern winemaking in the United States and understand how it differs from European winemaking.

This experience goes beyond just wine tasting – you’ll learn about the combination of food and wine and discover how to find the perfect matches! We all know that red wine goes with meat, while white wine goes with fish, but you'll learn much more. For example, tour sommelier will reveal the little-known fact that oftentimes the best food/wine combination are a marriage between wine and food grown in the same region.

Experiment with different food and wine combinations as you savor typical Belgian and French dishes -- including appetizers, a main course, and cheeses and chocolate for dessert -- and wash your meal down with various wines. During each phase of the meal, you'll discover which wines pair best with which foods.

Itinerary

Sample Tasting Menu

Phase 1
  • Jardinière (French dish cooked or served with a mixture of spring vegetables)
  • Italian wine aperitif
Phase 2
  • Small pieces of green apple and shrimp
  • Crotin de Chavignol (cheese dish from France's Loire Valley)
  • 2 French wines: sauvignon blanc and chardonnay
Phase 3
  • Italian cold meat (ham, salami and paté)
  • Italian Rosso Piceno wine
Phase 4
  • Medium-rare steak and vegetables
  • Belgian stew
  • 2 French wines: old-vine Bordeaux wine and a more recent Cairanne from the Côte du Rhône
Phase 5
  • 3 cheeses: munster, French Roquefort and French Comté
  • 3 French wines: one from Jura, a gewürztraminer wine from Alsace, and a Jurancon wine from the southwest
Phase 6
  • 3 types of chocolate: sweet milk chocolate, bitter chocolate (80%) and a moelleux aux chocolat (chocolate molten lava cake)
  • 2 wines: Banyuls wine from France's Rousilon region and a cabernet sauvignon from Chile
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