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World Cheese Tour 2016

Join me for an evening of artisan cheese and fine wine when the World Cheese Tour resumes for the sixth year. We’ll be returning to the lovely Silverado Cooking School in Napa for these tastings, each one devoted to a different theme. I’m an award-winning food writer and the author of three books on cheese (Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer and The Cheese Cheese), and I want to introduce you to some of the cheeses I love best. Over eight evenings, you'll sample exceptional wheels from France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and all across the U.S.— accompanied by fine wines (or, in August, some favorite craft beers). Come once if you like...or take advantage of the Grand Tour discount.  

Silverado Cooking School is a gleaming, light-filled contemporary teaching kitchen, conveniently located on the Silverado Trail with plenty of parking. We’ll gather for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvre before class, then sit down for our tasting. I’ll guide you through the selections and help you boost your cheese IQ.  You’ll be a more knowledgeable consumer and a smarter cheese shopper when you leave.

This year’s highlights:  British Isles cheese in May, a first for the WCT; bubbles with cheese in July, with Mumm Napa’s Tamra Lotz; and a cheese with Cabernet class in October, another WCT first, with my favorite Napa Valley vintner.

During these lively and informal sessions, you'll sample a variety of cheese styles and hone your tasting skills. I'll also share tips on how to select, store and serve cheese.  World-class cheeses—different every time. Treat a friend. Bring a date. Or purchase classes as a gift. Taken my classes before? Welcome back! You’ll meet many new cheeses this year.

"Your cheese tasting/seminar was absolutely over the top!  Everyone loved you and your presentation.  You offered us great tips on how to serve and enjoy cheese and the assortment was perfect."
Nancy Andrus Duckhorn

"I have taken almost 30 classes at the Cheese School of San Francisco, and if I had to pick one instructor who I felt was the best of the best, it would be Janet Fletcher."
Michael R. Moyle

Classes are 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Class size is limited and reservations are required. Click on the desired dates below to reserve your place.

Single class: $65
Grand Tour (all 8 classes): $450

Monday, March 7:  SOLD OUT Mambo Italiano
Monday, April 4:  SOLD OUT The Hills Are Alive! Alpine Cheeses from France and Switzerland
Monday, May 2:  SOLD OUT Best of the British Isles
Monday, June 6: SOLD OUT Locavore Night: Notable Newbies from Northern California
Monday, July 11: SOLD OUT Bubblemania
Monday, August 8: SOLD OUT Artisan Cheese & Craft Beer: Seven Slam-Dunk Pairings
Monday, September 12: SOLD OUT Blue-Ribbon Winners from the American Cheese Society
Monday, October 3: SOLD OUT Cabernet Country: Great Cheeses for the King of Reds
All 8 Classes: SOLD OUT Grand Tour
Gift certificate

Cancellation policy: With 30 days’ notice, you may transfer your reservation to another World Cheese Tour class if space is available. Within 30 days of class, reservations are non-refundable but you may send a friend in your place. If Janet Fletcher must cancel a class, students will have the option of receiving a refund or applying any fees paid to a future class.


Please check my Events page for other upcoming classes and appearances. To inquire about a custom cheese class for a group of any size, please contact me by e-mail at ContactJanet.