Port, Chocolate and Cheese
Marni Rubin took her guests on a journey through the tastes, textures and pairings of specialty cheeses, chocolates, ports and dessert wines Saturday. C’est le Cheese owner Jody Lagorio and her husband, Dan Hague, hosted the event at the Lofts on L street.
Rubin is a wine educator by trade, teaching class through Wine One One, but she said this class is her favorite to teach, especially around the holidays. She is self educated and she is also a certified wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators.
Before teaching she worked as sommelier.
“I enjoy bringing people together to enjoy and share food and elevate their knowledge of all aspects of food,” Lagorio said.
The guests are greeted when they arrive and brought to the third floor for a reception before the class starts. He said that an Italian cheese is always paired with an Italian wine, and a Spanish cheese with Spanish wine.
“We started at the lofts at the Marriott, but we couldn't get as many people in,” Hague said.
He said the Marriott had room for only19 participants, and now at the Lofts they are able to seat 27. C’est le Cheese has been hosting classes at the Lofts for about a year now.
The class served five wines with chocolate and cheese to accompany each one. Rubin said there are five S’s in wine tasting: see, sniff, sip, spit/swallow, and savor. Rubin talked about the production of wine, cheese and chocolate. She said she hopes this class will help the guest appreciate their wines a little bit more.
C’est le Cheese is located at 1818 L street. The next class, Easy Entertaining, is on November 17th. Roxanne O’brien will give tips on cheese presentations and appetizer recipes. Prices for classes range from $50 to $55. Registration can be done online at cestlecheese.com.
Photos by Christopher Daniels