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Cheese Love: A lesson in Italian cheese and wine

Skill Exchange

Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Cheese Love: A lesson in Italian cheese and wine

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This workshop is for anyone who loves cheese and wine, but isn't quite confident in their ability to pair the perfect combination. Our two instructors, a Cheese Monger and Advanced Sommelier will lead a small group of eager cheese and wine lovers through a 2-hour introduction to regional Italian cheese and wine, and will of course, include cheese and wine tastings. By the end of the evening you'll have tasted at least 4 wines and 8 cheeses, and you'll leave the class with a resource guide and the confidence to dive deeply into the nearest cheese counter or wine shop.

Workshop description:

Ever wonder what the difference between burrata and mozzarella is? Or what exactly does pecorino mean? Join Sophie Mosgrove, cheese connoisseur and all around lover-of-lactose,  as she explores the regional varieties of Italy's immensely diverse cheese selection. From the Alps to Sardinia and everything in between, this workshop will uncover some of Italy's better known cheeses as well as a few secret gems. This workshop will include a lesson in cheese history, vocabulary, a discussion of the basic differences between cheese types. This workshop will include tastings of a variety of Italian cheeses, as well as other tasty accoutrements. This workshop will also include wine tastings, provided by Deena Smith, Advanced Sommelier, with the London based Wine & Spirits Education Trust; and San Francisco Manager for the Henry Wine Group, a Fine Wine Distributor dedicated to Family Estate & Sustainable wines.


This workshop is open to 21 and over only.

About the teachers:

Sophie Mosgrove | Cheese Monger

Growing up in the Bay Area, Sophie has always had a taste for cheese. Her appreciation began at the ripe age of 5, asking for brie and baguette sandwiches for lunch but it wasn't until she returned to San Francisco after college that the passion truly flourished. Gaining experience at some of California's most notable cheese counters, Sophie has evolved her love of lactose into the ultimate dream job.

Deena Smith | Advanced Sommelier

Deena Smith’s love of wine began at an early age on a trip to Europe where her chef and artist family helped inspire the world of fine dining. It progressed from there to all regions and she is an industry professional who continues to travel to learn of new and exciting wines and the cuisines that are both historic and important for wine lovers. She consultants regularly with restaurants and bars, and her passion and teaching have inspired many from Industry Professionals to the home wine lover.


Notes about the workshop:


This workshop will be held at  235 Gough Street.  Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in for the workshop. If arriving by car, please allow ample time to park, as parking can be very tricky in this neighborhood. Seating is available for our attendees. No need to any bring tools or materials, unless you’d like to take notes.



Refund policy:


If you are unable to attend, please let us know by email (SkillExchangeSF@gmail.com) at minimum, 48 hours in advance. We will refund your full ticket fee within 48 hours.


If you are unable to attend this workshop, and there are less than 48 hours until the event, you are welcome to give your ticket to someone else. That person must check in at the door to indicate they are using your ticket, so we can check your name off the list.


Unfortunately, no-shows and late cancellations will not be eligible for a refund.

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When & Where

Makeshift Society
235 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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