Exploring the three main French food groups - wine, cheese and those little round almond sandwich cookies. Today was a doubleheader day, back to back classes spanning over 6 hours. First, the easier and more relaxing one, a tour of 5 wines, 5 regions and 5 appropriate kinds of cheese to eat with them. The boozy midday class was filled with names and terms like 'appellation', 'triple cream', 'moelle', 'Sancerre', 'Croton', 'Cote du Rhone' and 'Brahms and Liszt'. Surrounded by glasses, cold cuts and cheese and bread we ate, drank, laughed and made obscene gurgling noises for 2.5 hours guided by the very funny and animated oneophile Stephane who is the perfect example of a bon viveur. Following this, we staggered into the next room where we made macarons: 4 colours, 4 flavours, almost 4 hours to produce over 16 dozen brightly coloured macaron with the expert instructor Amanda. We measured carefully, mixed, whisked and leaned on each other when we felt we might fall over. It's a wonder any turned out the desired shape. Even after eating our fill the 7 of us walked away with takeout boxes filled to bursting (just as we were). A very fulfilling day!