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Germany Update

This week in class we learned about pairing wine and food, the wine regions of France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. It was a lot to take in! We tried so many wines that I couldn’t even try to count.

For our food and wine pairing day, we had 6 courses. A lettuce course, a rice course, a vegetable course, a salmon course, a meat course, and a dessert course. Some plates had the same item but prepared several different ways because they have different textures and tastes that way. It was a really great way to learn food pairing.

We spent two full days of class learning about France and a day and a half on Italy. Our instructor Julia Sevenich was so nice and helpful. She had so much information to tell us about European wines. She gave us a lot of study tips and helped us learn to taste properly too.

The other half of class we learned about New Zealand, Australia, and the United Sates from Peter who is our wine school tutor and truly does a remarkable job organizing the entire program for us.

On wednesday, we went to Sinß winery. It was really nice and it’s ran by a nice family. We had a lot of fun tasting wines with them and learning about the vinification process that they use at their winery.

Yesterday, seven friends and I went on a barefoot walk in Bad Soberheim which was about an hour and forty-five minute train ride. It was really awesome!! You walk through mud, on several different surfaces, through a river, on a suspension bridge, and on small obstacles. It took about an hour and a half to complete the walk. It was beautiful out, hot and sunny! After we went to the outdoor pool complex next door. It had a water slide, 4 pools, three diving boards, and a volleyball court. It was a nice way to relax after a long week of taking in a lot of information.


For dinner, we went to a doner shop. Everyone has been absolutely raving about it. It’s beef or chicken on a pole and they shave it off. You can get in in a box, on a wrap, or on pita bread. It was so delicious and really cheap too! I got a pita bread doner with a soda and it was only 4,50€. I will definitely get that again before I leave. They are plenty of doner shops around town too.



We only have less than a week left now. We’ve gotten really close these past three weeks. It’s gonna be really sad when everyone goes home and then starts school at separate campus’ again. We have a lot of studying to do for our test on friday. It’s the WSET level 2. I’m nervous for it but confident I can pass it because of all the great professors we’ve had.