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Wine Class 
Feb. 15, 2011 11:15 am 
Updated: Feb. 16, 2011 9:57 am
International Sommelier Guild Wine Fundamentals
Certificate Level 2

Sunday evening Magpie and I go to wine class at the World Famous Tigh-na-Mara resort The instructor is Stuart, and he is very welcoming to Luigi. Tonight the class is on beer and spirits, wow I learn so much. I learn the difference between lager and ale, and how spirits are distilled. Magpie says this is last class of instruction, and then they have 2 classes of review before the final exam.

The tastings tonight, for the beer, are a rice beer from Japan, Sapporo; Dab Original from Germany; Konig Pilsner also from Germany; a double IPA from BC, Hop Head; Guinness from Ireland and Mort Subite Kriek, a cherry flavoured Lambic lager from Belgium. This tasting is serious work here, the students sniff, sip and spit; Luigi don’t spit. The beers are good.
Then magpie volunteers to pour for the spirit tastings and Luigi help. There are 2 spirits; a Scotch and a Cognac. Stuart says that it is usual for tasters to “nose” spirits rather than taste, this we do.

After class we go to the Copper Lounge in Tigh-na-Mara Resort. Magpie says they do this each week because class is from 5 to 8 and everyone is hungry after the class. I am too because the students talk a lot about food during the class. We order a glass of wine and look over the menu, so many good things. Luigi order the Cowichan Valley Duck Breast, magpie says there is much farming and agriculture on the Island and the best restaurant use the local produce. The dinner is so good and Luigi is popular with the students. Everyone want to take pictures.

We eat and talk for over an hour, of course wine and food is the main subject and Luigi has much to say. After visiting, magpie and I get a ride home. It ia late and we have a bust day on Monday. Magpie says we have to work again, then we are going to make a romantic dinner for 8.

Me, Luigi with some of the Beer tasters.
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Stuart, the instructor, and Luigi
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Luigi with Maria in the Copper Lounge
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Luigi with Magpie.
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Luigi with Alana
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Luigi's duck dinner
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Feb. 15, 2011 11:27 am
I apologize for the photo quality. I blame the Whisky.
Feb. 15, 2011 11:31 am
You have been a busy boy Chef Luigi!
Feb. 15, 2011 11:31 am
It's hard to see you, magpie! But it's still good to see you!
Feb. 15, 2011 11:49 am
Wow - Luigi, Magpie is sure treating you well...I don't know if you are going to want to leave. With all that wonderful food and drink, I think I would stick around.
Feb. 15, 2011 1:10 pm
I suspect that Chef Luigi is going to ask for asylum... in the wine cellar ;)
Feb. 15, 2011 1:42 pm
Notice how close Luigi gets to the pretty girls in class
Feb. 15, 2011 5:47 pm
And, a good time was had by all!
Feb. 15, 2011 5:51 pm
Go Luigi! Hope your hangover isn't too bad hehehe :)
Feb. 15, 2011 6:13 pm
What a wonderful trip you are having to B.C. -
Feb. 15, 2011 8:44 pm
Yes, how nice to see you... don't blame anything... the pictures have a nice warm feel... Thanks for sharing! :)
Feb. 16, 2011 4:33 am
This visit will be fun for me to watch! My old stomping grounds:)
Feb. 16, 2011 9:57 am
Sounds like a wonderful time:)
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About Me
Hello everyone! I'm Chef Luigi, Chef Tony's little brother. My brother Tony got a new job, so I am now the new Allrecipes traveling Chef. I'll be traveling from home to home; cooking and having fun. I can't wait to visit everyone!
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I love to cook EVERYTHING!
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Well, I have to admit cooking with my brother Tony is my favorite tradition. We've been cooking together since we were kids. Sitting on counters watching and learning.
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When my brother Tony said I'm a better cook than he is! Ha :)
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