Thoroughly recommended, an excellent way to spend the afternoon
It was our first "proper" trip to the Languedoc-Roussillon and my wife suggested we book in at the La Maison du Rire as "something to do which sounds quite fun". I think (update : *thought*) I know my way around a bottle of wine so gladly agreed. Originally we planned to travel ourselves to Emma's place but then realised that I wouldn't be able to take part (I don't drink and drive) which kind of defeated the object of going ! We realised that for not much more money, Emma would bring the whole shebang to us which was absolutely perfect. There was five of us - four Brits and our French nephew - and it was great to see everyone enter into the spirit of the tasting. Emma thoughtfully provided a spittoon for our use but, being Brits, it barely got used ! Emma is a brilliant educator - we all learned lots about the region, the varieties of wine, the grapes, the geology, and the history of wine in the area. She also spent some time showing us how different wines can dramatically affect the food we are eating and how we can better choose wine to suit the food or foods to accentuate the wine we drink. Much of this was a revelation to our sons and the nephew. We made our way through several decent bottles of wine from different parts of the region with each one getting steadily more complex as we progressed. I have to say that the food Emma made for our lunch was absolutely first class and is to be recommended on its own ! Learning how to taste wine - truly taste wine, not just drink it down- is an art form which many people ignore. This is a mistake. To truly taste a wine, identify the flavours on offer and to pick out different accents in the wine is hard but Emma was great at showing us the way. Again, this is brilliant from an educational perspective but also helps when mixing and matching as we go forwards. I need to add that although I make a big deal about the educational aspect of this, I don't want to make it sound dull. Far from it ! Emma makes learning about wine a fun thing to do but her depth of knowledge about the whole thing was outstanding which added to the event. Both my sons were writing up notes like it was a university lecture. I suspect some of the handwriting might have been a bit "iffy" towards the end.. Emma has recently (-ish) produced a book of recipes and information about the L-R region and all the food we ate was taken from this book. It's well produced, looks great and it will be used extensively in the coming months. Recommended. In summary then, La Maison Du Rire is whole heartedly recommended - great food, great wine and Emma is a great host. If I could give six stars out of five, I would !