You know? Sommeliers in France are not always…

by Melba Allen

(This is a correction of an earlier blog!)

tall thin guys dressed as if they are the ‘Men in black’, but without the sunglasses! there are sometimes normal looking people with normal lives who also enjoy their work as sommeliers and Carole Ferron is one of those persons.

The first time I met Carole, she was helping one of her friends who was using a walking cane  to find a seat during a wine tasting. The next time I met Carole, again during a tasting, she was giving information about a Conference concerning the Beaujolais region which I also carefully noted and participated in last year. The third time we met was during a Conference on Cognac and it was during this conference that I really got to know Carole. I learned that Carole also participates in and sometimes is in the top three or four winners in many of the different Sommeliers contests like the Best Taster for Porto, which she is now preparing for to be held after the holiday season, for example.

Carole’s passion for the restaurant industry started when she was 18 years old. She worked for  several establishments such as the Mercure de Gaillard, the Faubourg Saint-Jacques à Valence, the L’Alouette à Bonnefamille and Michel Chabran in Pont de l’Isère. 

Today, Carole not only as a Sommelier, also welcomes people and organizes Wine and Food pairing dinners in her home.  Her motto, Passion, Plaisir, Partage, Carole takes great care to choose the products that she uses to illustrating the delicious savours one can experience while dining. All of her Ateliers and dinners are not only fun and festive, but also quite informative. For the month of December, she has planned the following Wine & Food Ateliers for the Christmas season:
Dec. 1, 2010, 2/00pm: Christmas Chocolate 
Dec. 1, 2010, 8:30pm:  A Carrousel of Foie Gras 
Dec. 3, 2010, 11:am: A Farandole of Christmas Wines for the holiday season
Dec. 4, 2010, 8:00pm: Admiring the Sparkles of Champagne
Dec. 18, 8:00pm: A Christmas Party in all its simplicity! 
 Of course you can contact Carole for more details and prices at  Les Vins’Coeurs,
Now Carole not only speaks French, she also speaks English and Spanish!
Photo by Moi (that means me!)
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