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World Cheese Tour 2017

Join me for an evening of artisan cheese and fine wine when the World Cheese Tour resumes for the seventh 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, publisher of the Planet Cheese blog and author of three books on cheese (Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer and The Cheese Course), and I want to introduce you to some of the cheeses I love best. Over nine 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: Raw-Milk Cheese Showcase in May, a first for the WCT; Sheep’s Milk Cheeses from Near and Far in June, another theme we have not yet explored; and a New & Notable from Europe class in October to introduce you to the next big stars.

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

“Thanks for a very enlightening and entertaining series. I was a complete cheese novice when I enrolled, and now I have a much better understanding and fascination with the wide world of cheese. All thanks to you.”
Ron Lee/Domaine Chandon

"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.

Monday, February 13: Cheese & Wine Love Fest
Monday, March 13: Locavore Night: Northern California All Stars
Monday, April 3: Raw-Milk Cheese Showcase
Monday, May 8: Us Versus Them
Monday, June 12: Sheep’s Milk Cheeses from Near and Far
Monday, July 10: United States of Cheese
Monday, August 14: Cheese Meets Beer
Monday, September 11: Blue-Ribbon Winners from the American Cheese Society
Monday, October 9: New & Notable from Europe
Grand Tour (all 9 classes for the price of 8)
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.