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DIY winemaking classes in Les Caves du Louvre

Learn the basics of winetasting from an oenology expert before making your own customised bottle to take home

By Megan Carnegie Brown

Ever dreamt of having a wine vintage named after you? Or trying your hand at the art of wine blending? Well Les Caves du Louvre can make all your wildest dreams come true. Previously closed the public, the caves now host visits, tastings and two-hour winemaking classes. And an appropriate setting it is too - King Louis XV's sommelier used to store wine barrels down there, before rolling them through the tunnels to the castle for banquets. Nifty.

Create your own wine, bottle it and label it with your own design – all under the watchful eye of expert oenologist, Aurélien. Impossible to taste all 8,000 grape varieties in one session, Aurélien picks five for sampling, before you measure out your favourites using a pipette and craft the label of your choice on an iPad.

All that’s left now is to cork the wine and add a wax finish and ta-dah! You leave the proud owner of a personalised bottle. The perfect way to up your dinner party credentials, we think.

What? A DIY winemaking class (with a fair bit of tasting too)

Where? Les Caves du Louvre, 52 rue de l'Arbre sec, 1st arrondissement

When? 6-8pm on Fridays (in English) and Saturdays (in French)

How much? €75, with a €5 reduction for students

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