Cheese aficionada Janet Fletcher is starting a monthly series of cheese and wine pairing classes in downtown Napa, hosted by my friend Dan Dawson’s fabulous wine shop, BACK ROOM WINES. Each 90-minute class will feature six lesser-known artisanal cheeses in their prime, and four wines chosen from Back Room’s international selection of small-production gems. Since you’re in a wine store, you can also pick up a few take-home bottles (or cases) of whatever wine catches your fancy.
“Cheese-and-wine marriages are like real-life marriages sometimes,” says Janet. “There can be clashes and conflict, but also some really sweet moments when soul mates meet. I choose the wines to make sure students have some epiphanies, but they learn from bad matches, too.” Life lessons through eating more cheese and wine? Janet, you’re officially my hero.
“Cheese Meets Wine” is the first Thursday of every month beginning May 5th, making it a tasty entrée to your weekend in wine country. Class size is limited to 12 people, though, so book early to be sure you get the date you want. Janet’s website has all the details and reservation equipment you need. 5:30pm-7pm. 1000 Main St. at 1st St., Napa.