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A Bon Vivant’s Holiday Menu

…’tis fit that we should feast and sing, and merry be…

caviar and champagne over luxury table

(excerpt from the 1766 Virginia Almanack)

Tis the season for indulging! Our resident wine expert, Sommelier Marcel Fiori, provides a luxurious pairing menu to celebrate the holidays and welcome 2018 in style. Budget-friendly options are listed first, with a more expensive option following.

If enjoying wine is your passion, indulge yourself by learning to appreciate all that goes into good wine or go to the next level and prepare to become a wine sommelier. See how to pair your culinary creations with complementary wines for unforgettable meals. You don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to take our classes; they are specially designed for beginners, intermediates and advanced-level enthusiasts.

Click here to register for one of our upcoming wine appreciation courses.

Bon appétit!

Sparkling with Petrossian Reserve Ossetia Caviar

Rogederer Estate Brut

2003 Krug Clos du Mesnil


White wine and Langoustine

Kutch Chardonnay 2015 Sonoma Coast, California

Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2011 Burgundy, France


Red wine and Roasted Goose

2006 Hayman & Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Selection Pinot Noir

1995 Richebourg Domaine de la Romanee Conti (once in a lifetime, at least)


Buche de Noel au Chocolat Criollo Christmas Log with Criollo Chocolate

Keo St.John Commandaria, Cyprus (Cleopatra enjoyed this same wine with Marc Anthony!)

Lustau Pedro Ximenez San Emilio Sherry Spain




Marcel Flori brings his twenty-plus years of experience in the restaurant business to the classroom. During his career, Flori has been named Best Sommelier of the Midwest, and 3rd Best Sommelier in the United States by Food and Wine from France (Sopexa).

Flori’s upcoming courses include: Wine and Cheese Pairing; Wine Sommelier: Europe; Food, Wine and Cellars; and Survey of the Wines of the World. Register online or by calling 847.925.6300.

Click here to learn more about Harper College CE’s Wine Appreciation and Wine Sommelier Digital Badges.

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