On December 3, 2021, the Cultural Club of UBC’s Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS) held a cross-cultural education event titled “Wine is Culture: A Cross-Cultural Approach“.
Led by professional sommelière Élise Trébuchon, who leads wine tasting events in the Okanagan Valley, students explored the similarities and differences surrounding the production and culture of wine in various regions of the Romance language-speaking world.
Participants were equipped with the multisensory tasting skills needed to appreciate the complexity of each wine, while acquiring new wine tasting vocabulary in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese to describe their experiences in these languages. They were also educated on the geographic locations in which each wine was created, along with unique production processes involved.
The department would like to thank everyone who attended; Élise Trébuchon for leading the event; and all of our generous sponsors who made this event possible.