Wines & vines: a sommelier-led wine appreciation course
Oikos (ee-kos): an ancient Greek word referring to three concepts: family, home and house; and the root of the words ecology, ecosystem and economy
Are you looking for a local wine course that is both theoretical and practical?
Oikos Wine Education is a sister project of Arcadia Fine Foods, a curator and sharer of natural food and drink products, experiences, education and stories. It has a different approach to wine education and at the same time aims to nurture a family of curious and passionate individuals who are conscious of the surrounding environment.
The wine appreciation course is led by Giulio Saverino, an experienced sommelier from A.I.S. Italian Association Sommelier, Italy who is now Managing Director of About Eatery in Bangkok, one of Thailand’s pioneering natural wine bars. The Programme Director, Rosalind Yunibandhu was awarded Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 3 (Distinction) and is the voice behind Kitchen Backstories column in Bangkok 101 Magazine.
While most wine classes tend to focus on the informative lecture and wine tasting aspects, each Oikos session also sheds light on common situations that wine drinkers encounter and might struggle with. The intimate atmosphere allows all students to join the interactive icebreaker activities such as role play and engage in the practical conversations with a professional sommelier. Every small detail is covered, Giulio and Rosalind encourage their learners to practice from correctly opening a bottle of Champagne to pouring wine.
The latest module, Impressing the Ladies (or Gentlemen), taught participants how to properly order wine in a restaurant according to various social contexts, wine menus and personal preferences as well as how to ask for some advice from a sommelier more efficiently. This, of course, is a good opportunity to learn about organic, biodynamic and natural wines that are new to many.
For more information and details of the next class, visit Facebook page: @carcadiafinefoods and @oikoswineeducation