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“An excellent evening”
Review of La Maison du Rire

La Maison du Rire
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Coustouge
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The wine and food school with a difference. Learn about the wines and the foods of the Languedoc-Roussillon in a fun and informal atmosphere. 3 hr tastings, cooking and quaffing day courses and weekend breaks.
Reviewed September 3, 2011

We had a group wine tasting & tapas evening while staying La Sarrail. It was an excellent evening - educational but in a relaxed way. The food and wine were both excellent as was Emma. Highly recommended. Claire

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Reviewed August 16, 2011

Emma came to a party of gite guests here and gave us a beautiful spread, lesson and inspiration.
All the guests had such a good time that the comments the next day were all about how^passionate Emma was and how the food was so fantastic, and about how little they realised thay had known about wine.
It was fun to see the variety of tastes and the differing opinions, but we were all in agreement of the quality of the presentetion.
The evening was a great success and I would definately recomend going to visit La Maison Du Rire, to anyone visiting the region,.Fabulously educational and fun at the same time.Learnt so much, will definately be doing that again!!!thank you Maison Du Rire!

Thank tabitha c
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

If you want to get to know the wines of this area then try Emma's superb tasting events! We sampled everything from fizz to dessert wine, all matched with consummate skill with the most delicious tapas which showcased not only Emma's knowledge and passion for local wine, but her talent as a chef too.

If you are in the Region and want to know more about the wines and how to enjoy them to the full and to have a great evening in the process this is for you!

Thank Creeky31
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We visited La Sarrail, who arrange for wine tasting evenings by Emma/La Maison du Rire, at their beautiful accommodation, for their guests, upon request. Emma was an extremely professional and friendly host, truly passionate and very well informed of the wines of the region. We sampled 8 different wines, each alone and then with a food accompanyment. The food (tapas style) was also outstanding, making the evening extremely great value for money. It was all very interactive and I came away learning alot about wine tasting, and having tasted a wide variety of sparkling, white, red and dessert wine. Genuninely one of the best evening's I've had! I'd fully recommend Emma's wine tasting evenings to anyone who likes wine! Christina Norwich

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Reviewed July 3, 2011

We were visiting SW France with two other couples ~ all of us in search of experiencing food and wine at its local best. We stayed at a hotel near Carcassonne. We scheduled an entire day with Emma Kershaw, at a wine and food pairing 'workshop' (believe me, this wasn't work!). We wanted a more in-depth experience than a three-hour tasting could provide. The day started at 9am with an introduction to the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. She and her colleague presented a slide show which helped us to understand the micro-climate, geology, wine-making tradition, and history (the ancient Greeks brought the grapes and the Romans improved the vineyards over the centuries). In Languedoc, there are long-established wineries planted with traditional varietals plus young winemakers who are breaking new ground with grapes from other parts of Europe. The quality and variety now rival Burgundy, Provence, and Bordeaux ~ but at much better prices. This seems to be the last of the undiscovered wine regions of France ~ at least by Americans. We had an opportunity to go walkabout among rows of syrah, chardonnay, and grenache. The autumn weather was perfect. Emma was a wealth of knowledge about wine, as you would expect. The wines were thoughtfully chosen ... representative of their individual terroir. Each winery or winemaker had an interesting background story. What we didn't expect was the amazing food that Emma prepared for us. Each dish was locally sourced, a regional specialty, and in season. We were served fresh seafood from the Mediterranean, local artisanal cheeses and honey, meat from nearby pastures. Our feast lasted over two hours and I remember having six separate dishes, plus sweets as a finale with a decadent dessert wine. The food and wine pairings were outstanding and a revelation in some cases. The day ended with an opportunity to blend our own wine. We had a friendly contest to see who came up with the best version. The winning team was presented with a bottle of wine as their prize. We finished up the day at 4pm and what a memorable experience. Even if you only have 1/2 day to spend exploring the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon ... add this to your itinerary. We are looking forward to a future trip to La Maison du Rire. An appropriate name, as there was certainly a lot of laughter that day. Emma Kershaw has impeccable credentials in the world of food and wine ... but equally important, she has a great sense of fun and is a wonderful hostess.

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