Wine School: An oxymoron? Not in France!

Bonjour! Guess who’s back in France?

And…since I’ve been away a while…and since there’s so much to tell…I’ll give you the long-story-short for now, accompanied by some mysterious pictures to pique your interest!

To make a long story short, then, since the beginning of this month, I have been taking classes at the Burgundy School of Business and working toward a Master’s Degree in International Wine Commerce. Yes, reading that sentence surprises me too. I would pinch myself, except that the demanding courses I am taking every day are enough of a wake-up call in themselves.

I’m back in France! I have six hours of classes in French every day! And this time next year I will be beginning my career in the wine industry!


By way of introduction into this new French life, here are some images from my class’s first “field trip” into the Côte d’Or vineyards. We were led by our professor, Eric Vincent, who was trying to teach us about the geology of Burgundy terroir on what must have been the foggiest day of the year so far. Even though we couldn’t see much, we had fun climbing the prestigious Montrachet côte and noting the differences between limestone, loam, and clay soils – all very distinct, all in such close proximity. We had lunch in Beaune and finished the day with a cuverie visit and wine tasting at Domaine d’Ardhuy in Corgoloin.

I know what you’re thinking. It’s a pretty sweet deal to have the vineyards of Burgundy as a classroom and wine tasting as part of the curriculum. I know. I am aware.

Pinch me?!

{Our newly elected class representatives, Victor and François}

{“Moi-même,” Jenifer, Estelle, Laure, Emilie, and Marlène}

{Marion and Jules}

En Francais! Click here to see Marie-Amélie’s translation:

L’école du vin : un oxymore ? Pas en France !

Bonjour ! Devinez qui est de retour en France ?

Et … puisque j’ai été absente un bon moment … et puisque j’ai tellement de choses à dire … je vais faire court pour le moment, et illustrer avec des photos mystérieuses pour piquer votre curiosité !

Pour faire court donc, je suis rentrée au début du mois à l’Ecole de Commerce de Dijon Bourgogne pour suivre un Master Spécialisé en Commerce International des Vins et Spiritueux. Et oui, cette phrase me surprend aussi. Je me serais pincée si les cours exigeants que je suis chaque jour ne suffisaient pas à me réveiller par eux-mêmes.

Je suis de retour en France ! j’ai six heures de cours en français par jour ! et maintenant, l’année prochaine je commence ma carrière dans l’industrie du vin !

Waouh !

En guise d’entrée dans cette nouvelle vie française, voici quelques images de notre premier cours « visite de terrain » dans les vignes de Côte d’Or. Nous étions guidés par notre professeur, Eric Vincent, qui a tenté de nous enseigner la géologie du terroir bourguignon très certainement le jour le plus brumeux de l’année. Malgré la mauvaise visibilité, nous nous sommes bien amusés à escalader la prestigieuse côte de Montrachet et constater les différences entre les sols limoneux, argileux et calcaires. – tous très distincts, mais si proches les uns des autres. Nous avons déjeuné à Beaune et conclu la journée par une visite de cave et une dégustation au Domaine d’Ardhuy à Corgoloin.

Je sais ce que vous pensez. C’est plutôt un bon plan d’avoir les vignes de Bourgogne comme salle de classe et dégustation de vin dans le programme scolaire. Je sais. Je suis au courant.

Pincez moi ?!


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13 responses to “Wine School: An oxymoron? Not in France!

  1. Donna

    Dear Emily: This looks like a really tough class-red or white or maybe pink! Too bad there were no vineyards in Worcester you and Sarah would have been at the expert level already. I am happy that you are back writing. I have missed living vicariously through your adventures.

    Love to you,

    • Haha! Donna, Sarah and I would have taken full advantage of any vineyards around Worcester. I do remember drinking some wine with her in college 😉 …and once even a Chateauneuf-du-pape! De luxe! Big hugs!

  2. maryanita

    Thank you for coming back! Missed your writings and perception of life. Missing you too in the U.S., but easy to see you are reaping the rewards of hard work and talelnt! So proud of you. Beautiful photos as well. Love you.

  3. Nice shot of Roger Belland vineyard in Santenay–one of my all time favorites (and a burg that I can afford!).

  4. Sandy Smiley

    I’m just saying this once Emily… keep your amazing pictures and insiteful posts coming! ( It allows me to peek into your adventures along with you! ) So very happy for you to be doing what you love…kisses from Smileyworld.

  5. Erin Menard

    Emily! Your photos are beautiful! I’m so proud of you for following your dream. Can’t wait to read more about this new adventure.

  6. J. Forsberg Meyer

    Great to “see” you again, Emily! I do so enjoy “visiting France” with you. Good luck on your studies, and keep those gorgeous photos and interesting tidbits coming…

  7. Here in the Corbières we have L’Université de la vigne et du vin. C’est magnifique! It makes sense as two-thirds of the grapes grown in France are in this region.

  8. *Pinches you*

    Welcome back to the blogging world, ma chère amie, and la France! 😀

  9. I can’t believe the parallels I’m finding is this blog with my own. My boyfriend WORKS AT JOSEPH DROUHIN! Small world indeed.

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