(JOHN STIMPFIG, FT, WINNER OF THE 2012 LOUIS ROEDERER WINE FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR)
Le Figaro Week-end / Le Figaro Vin, 26/10/16, by Beatrice Brasseur
"An extreme experience, with '(oe)no limit', it most certainly is. The price tag positively acts as an incentive to give full personal commitment. It is a true reflexion of the high quality service and the highest calibre instructors as well as participants of this very international bootcamp".
Financial Times 'How To Spend It' Magazine, April 28 2011, Haute Seat, by Tom Harrow
"All levels of knowledge are welcomed. It requires a commitment of time and effort, in return for which you will be able to look back and know that you have taken part in the most intensive, thorough and rewarding wine experience you're ever likely to have. You'll also have met like-minded enthusiasts from across the world, consumed superb wines and earned the right to bore anecdotally at dinner parties without censure".
Town & Country Magazine, November 2010, US
"Students typically taste well over 100 wines – valued at more than $4,000. Plus, they all go home with enough knowledge to dazzle any sommelier".
What's Worth it, by Suzanne Aaronson, Founder & Lifestyle Curator
"Now this is the type of boot camp we all like to hear about... A truly unique opportunity to combine best coursework, profs, wines, pairing, tasting, and even blending…. A chance to take their tasting skills and wine knowledge to a whole new level… whether you want to be able to ask all of the questions you pretended to previously know the answer to, or build on an existing bank of knowledge. Plus, by the end of the course, you'll be creating your own assemblage".
Hi! Magazine, March 2012, Sri Lanka - interview of Nicole Rolet by editor Shyamalee Tudawe
"It is a full and very intense experience, not for the faint of heart... It is really quite transformational... The common denominator is the intensity of the learning experience".
Vogue Magazine, www.vogue.in, April 2012, India - interview of Nicole Rolet by Feroze Gujral
Nicole says, " La Verriere was meant to bring interesting people and ideas together to create a Shangri-La. I do think it's a mission accomplished."
Indagare, September 2010, by Elena Bowes, writer and Extreme Wine participant
I never knew going back to school could be so delightful. But when it involves swirling, sniffing and then tasting a variety of exceptional wines with two amusing and super knowledgeable wine experts, what could be more pleasant? Add to that a fun group of curious adult students, ranging from the serious wine collector to the novice (like me), fabulous food and an utterly idyllic setting on a sublime wine estate and you have… well, a treat. Every lecture, outing, wine game and fantastic meal was imbued with a sense of fun".
Suzanne's Files, UK, by Chantal McGlaughlin
"Guests stay in gorgeously renovated farmhouse buildings, al fresco meals are prepared by a great chef, the wine tasting rooms are sleek and super high-tech, [sporting] custom-made tables with built-in running water and electricity, and there's a helipad for easy access… Trust me; La Verrière is heaven-on-earth for sophisticated Dionysians". Read the full article.
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