Welcome to Chartres! Welcome to Taste Unlocked!

Welcome to Chartres! Welcome to Taste Unlocked!

Taste Unlocked: Food & Thought

France and Italy's relationship through time, wine & food

20 – 23 JUNE 2019

courses [at] jamesflewellen [dot] com

James Flewellen and Jonell Galloway of The Rambling Epicure present a sumptuous feast for the senses in Chartres, France, over the course of a long weekend.

Through tutored wine tastings, sumptuous meals made from local ingredients, and intellectually stimulating discussions we explore the relationship between France and Italy – those titans of European culinary culture – from Roman times through to today.

Our food and wine tasting masterclasses are hosted in an 11th-century chapel in the historic French city of Chartres. All lunches, dinners and wine to accompany meals is provided, alongside expert tuition in food, wine and culinary history. There is also plenty of time to relax and enjoy this stunning medieval city. Just bring your taste buds and a willingness to learn!


Course Description

At the table in Chartres.

At the table in Chartres.

Through tutored wine tastings, over home-cooked meals and with interactive discussion sessions explore the culinary and vinous relationship between France and Italy from the time of the Romans through to today.

Comparative red wine tasting.

Comparative red wine tasting.

Click here to download a pdf of the course programme, and see a summary of what you can expect here:

Course conducted in English

  • Professional wine tasting instruction

  • Discussion sessions, tastings and meals held in a 1,000 year old converted chapel

  • All lunches and dinners included

  • All wine included to accompany meals and with tastings

  • Taste over 18 fine wines from around France and Italy

  • Home-cooked meals according to genuine heritage French and Italian recipes

  • Produce and ingredients are of the highest quality, sourced from local farms and markets

  • Sample the cuisine of the Beauce – the 'bread basket' of France

  • Dinner at noted local restaurant Le Saint Hilaire

  • Three interactive discussion sessions explore the culinary and vinous relationship between France and Italy through history

  • Guided tour of UNESCO-listed medieval Chartres Cathedral included – a masterpiece of French Gothic art

  • Exclusively limited to 10 participants – socialize with like-minded wine- and food-lovers

  • Plenty of free time to relax and enjoy Chartres


Early-bird offer of 10% off the full price for bookings made by 30 March 2019.

The 1,000 year old venue for Taste Unlocked.

The 1,000 year old venue for Taste Unlocked.

Book by 30 March 2019 to secure the early-bird price of €799 per person, saving 10%. Full price for later bookings is €895. A non-refundable deposit of €300 is required to confirm your booking; full payment is due by 10 May 2019. Please note: price does not include travel or accommodation. We are happy to suggest accommodation options – just contact us. We reserve the right to cancel the course in the event of insufficient attendance, in which case, all deposits will be refunded.

Jonell & James

Jonell Galloway

Jonell Galloway grew up on Wendell Berry and food straight from a backyard Kentucky garden. She attended Le Cordon Bleu and La Varenne cooking schools in Paris as well as the Academie du Vin. She ran a cooking school in France, and co-owned a farm-to-table restaurant, The Three Sisters’ Café. Jonell is a freelance writer who has worked for the GaultMillau guides: The Best of France and The Best of Paris, amongst others. She has collaborated on many projects including Le tour du monde en 80 pains with Jean-Philippe de Tonnac in France, At the Table: Food and Family around the World with Ken Albala, and the biography of Pierre Gagnaire.

James Flewellen

Dr James Flewellen is a biophysicist, wine writer and educator based in London. He learned his trade in taste during his doctoral studies at Oxford University, leading the university’s blind tasting team to victories in numerous international competitions. Since then he has completed his WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits and co-written a Gourmand award-winning guide to blind tasting. He is a judge for the International Wine Challenge and gives regular wine education tastings in London, bringing his scientific expertise to bear on questions of high taste.

Our Location

1 Rue Saint-Pierre, Chartres, France.

The setting for your weekend is a 1,000 year old chapel Jonell has converted into her home. Built into the side of a hill, the dining room has a ceiling that stretches up over two regular floors. Medieval cellars beneath the house link to an ancient network of tunnels that permeate throughout Chartres. The opportunity to dine in a building with such history is a unique experience.

Reaching us

Chartres is easily accessible by train from Paris and other French centres. Please click here for the English-language transport website. If driving, there is plenty of available parking in the city centre.


Contact Us

Send us an email at: courses [at] jamesflewellen [dot] com. Or use this webform.

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