Heralding from a background of keen gastronomes, Emma’s first taste of wine was at the tender age of 3 (mixed with water of course!). Emma entered the world of wine and food as a young girl in Paris working at the famous Willi’s Wine Bar, where she was taught by some of the finest noses in Paris to taste and pair wines with dishes.
After spells in Dubai, Canada and the States, Emma returned to her native UK and began teaching the Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses to both amateurs and professionals. She is one of the few people in the world to teach both wines and spirits to WSET Diploma level. In 2004 Emma joined Vintellect, a company specialising in training where she worked with companies such as PizzaExpress, Fuller’s, Young’s Brewery and Loco.
In September 2008 Emma returned to France, with husband Chris, on a permanent basis in the Languedoc-Roussillon where she teaches a diverse mix of wine and wine and food related courses and qualifications. After freelancing for many years it was always Emma's intention to set up her own wine and food school. Years of searching for the right property finally brought a dilapidated, old winemakers house in the heart of the Corbières Vertes to Emma and Chris' eye. A house that needed a lot of attention, love and care to bring back to its former glory. However on the 23rd of December 2010 they signed the final papers and La Maison du Rire was created.
Wine and food are natural partners, and after years of teaching Emma has found that the most enjoyable way to teach, and learn, is with a glass in one hand and a plate of food in the other! Life is too short to drink bad wine, and to not be laughing!
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