Wine and tapas, what’s not to like?

Emma Kershaw at La Maison du Rire - photo by Garth Bowden

We met Emma Kershaw last week, recommended by Rosemary George, Master of Wine, and contributor for Languedoc Living.

Emma lives in the Aude, and runs a business doing wine tastings and tapas.  She’s also written a beautiful recipe book with wine choices, in English, and soon to be in French.  We will be featuring some of her wine recommendations and lovely recipes over the next few weeks, but first of all, here’s a bit about Emma.

About Emma

Heralding from a background of keen gastronomes, Emma’s first taste of wine was at the tender age of three (mixed with water of course!) Emma entered the world of wine and food as a young girl in Paris working at the famous Willi’s Wine Bar, where she was taught by some of the finest noses in Paris to taste and pair wines with dishes.

After spells in Dubai, Canada and the States, Emma returned to her native UK and began teaching the Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses to both amateurs and professionals. She is one of the few people in the world to teach both wines and spirits to WSET Diploma level. In 2004 Emma joined Vintellect, a company specialising in training where she worked with companies such as PizzaExpress, Fuller’s, Young’s Brewery and Loco.

In September 2008 Emma returned to France, with husband Chris, on a permanent basis in the Languedoc-Roussillon where she teaches a diverse mix of wine, and wine and food related courses and qualifications.

After freelancing for many years it was always Emma’s intention to set up her own wine and food school. After years of searching for the right property, they finally spotted a dilapidated old winemaker’s house in the heart of the Corbières Vertes.  It was a house that needed a lot of attention, love and care to bring it back to its former glory. However on the 23rd of December 2010 they signed the final papers and La Maison du Rire was created.  It took several years to finish the house, but now it’s a testament to their tenacity and skill.  It’s a beautiful and welcoming house, which works both as a home and a place to run a business.

Wine and food are natural partners, and after years of teaching Emma has found that the most enjoyable way to teach, and learn, is with a glass in one hand and a plate of food in the other! As Emma says, “Life is too short to drink bad wine, and to not be laughing!”

About the wine and tapas tastings

The tutored wine and tapas tastings at Emma’s wine and food school in the Corbières, teaches you all about the wines, gastronomy, culture and history of this fantastically diverse region.  For groups of eight or more Emma will come to a venue of your choice and host it there.

The tasting lasts approximately three hours and incorporates a varied selection of eight wines from across the entire region. Each wine is partnered with local, seasonal and home made tapas dishes prepared by Emma to highlight the wine and the quality of the produce found here.

Contact Emma Kershaw for more details at:
06 46 48 59 57