Celebrate Summer with Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center and Program in Food and Wine

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 | kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – It’s time to get out and enjoy the season of leisure and what better way than with Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center and program in Food and Wine – part of BU’s Metropolitan College (MET). Upcoming summer events include an immersion course in wine’s most fascinating grape – the pinot noir – and an exciting nine-day excursion to France’s beautiful Burgundy region.

Each event promises to be a true cultural experience. The immersion course in pinot noir features wines of France, Italy, Germany, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S. and gourmet meal pairings. The excursion to Burgundy will be led by two of the most knowledgeable persons in the world teaching participants about the region and its wines. Both programs are open to anyone who’s interested in having fun and learning at the same time.

Pinot Noir Immersion Course
In collaboration with Boston’s Seaport Hotel, Bill Nesto and Sandy Block – New England’s only resident Masters of Wine and senior lecturers at BU’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center – will host this two-day course in pinot noir as well as lead tutored tastings of the world’s best Pinot Noir wines. The finale of each day is a dinner featuring pairings of the wines with cuisine at two of Boston’s finest restaurants.

$800 includes two seminars on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 2007, all wines, lunches, and dinners. As an added attraction, the Seaport Hotel is offering a special rate of $139 per night for those wishing to stay. To register, call 617-353-9852 or e-mail cularts@bu.edu.

Tour of Burgundy
Boston University’s programs in Food and Wine and graduate program in Gastronomy will host this nine-day tour of one of the most gorgeous regions in France. The program, which combines immersion courses about the region, vineyard and village tours, and tastings and food pairings, begins in Beaune, France on Friday, August 31 and ends in Paris on Saturday, September 8, 2007.

The trip will be led by Kyri Claflin, Ph.D., lecturer in the Boston University Gastronomy program, and Clive Coates, Master of Wine – two of the most knowledgeable persons on Burgundy and its wines.

Eight breakfasts and lunches and six dinners are included in the $4,970 cost (not including airfare) as well as all fees, hotel, bus tours of Burgundy, and train to and from Paris. For more information and to register, call 617-353-9852.

About Metropolitan College and Boston University
As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, Metropolitan College (MET) offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs. For more information about Metropolitan College visit http://www.bu.edu/met.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.