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Slow Food to offer cheese and wine workshop

Posted 3/19/2008

LAS VEGAS-University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, along with Slow Food-Las Vegas, the first Nevada convivium of Slow Food USA, will present how to pair cheeses and other dairy products with wine on Saturday, March 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at Southern Wine and Spirits, 8400 S Jones Blvd. Southern Wine and spirits is located, about two miles south of I-215 on Jones Boulevard.

Participants will learn from Paul Ellis, Sommelier and cheese aficionado, the wines used in the pairing of cheese, butter and other dairy products. "People are often times at a loss when pairing dairy and wine. They don’t realize that they are created nearly by the same processes", says Ellis. Grape juice and milk are both fermented products whereby careful techniques are used to create very specific flavors and styles. Ellis will be including some excellent cheeses now produced in the United States.

Slow Food is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America. Slow Food conducts programs and activities dedicated to taste education, local food production and biodiversity, and the building of food communities. Slow Food believes that pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down, respecting the convivial traditions of the table and celebrating the diversity of the earth’s bounty. Along with Cooperative Extension, sponsors of this Slow Food event include Southern Wine and Spirits, Whole Food Markets and Nora’s Restaurants.

Registration for this seminar is 10.00 for Slow Food members and 20.00 for nonmembers. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 27, for this seminar or obtain membership to Slow Foods by contacting . For more information about the seminar or directions to the event, please contact Bob Morris at (702) 257-5509 or e-mail

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from University of Nevada-and other land-grant universities-to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at or call (702) 222-3130.

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