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My American Thanksgiving in Burgundy

As an American living in France, I love mixing the traditions from home with those of my family and friends here. I’m hosting a Thanksgiving in Burgundy this month. The Franco-American holiday of Thanksgiving is a celebration for us of heritage, culture, family, friends and of course, that means food and wine.

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Webinar – Everything Albariño: Discover Rías Baixas

https://player.vimeo.com/video/631285974?h=09f869a058&title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&speed=0&badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479&wmode=opaque   Presenter: Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Instructor Host: Christian OggenfussdipWSET and CEO, NVWA Rías Baixas is home to some of the world’s most elegant white wines and the native grape variety, Albariño. Crisp, light and refreshing, Albariño from Rías Baixas derives natural elegance from its misty, coastal terroir in northwest Spain. Join Rick

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Champagne’s Third Wheel: Pinot Meunier

In a small handful of appellations around the world, it’s common to find a deeply colored, richly concentrated red wine that has been enhanced by the inclusion of white grapes. Here, we take a deep dive into the history of co-fermentation, from fans to deep skeptics.

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Exam Success: Good, Better, Best—Never Stops to Rest

If you’re feeling “less than impressed” with your exam performance or on the nervous countdown until your next—you are not alone. Stacy Briscoe, wine journalist, editor, and DipWSET Candidate shares her personal sob story and brings you a glut of soul-crushing failure stories from MWs, and MS, and Napa Valley Wine Academy DipWSET staff. Remember, you are not alone!

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Webinar – Champagne Harvest

https://player.vimeo.com/video/610060092?h=4540a73982&badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479&wmode=opaque Host: Christian OggenfussdipWSET and CEO, NVWA This year has been a challenging one for the world’s most famous wine region. A deceptively warm early Spring pushed the vines to produce buds; the most severe frost in 30 years in early April devastated these buds. Please join us for an up-to-the-moment session on this year’s

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Webinar – Rioja: Historic Superb Quality

https://player.vimeo.com/video/568654577?badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479&h=6c10185491 Host: Christian OggenfussdipWSET and CEO, NVWA What we covered: Rioja DOCa is among the world’s top 5 classic wine regions; people have known the style and ageability of these Tempranillo-based blends since the mid-1800’s. This webinar explores how Rioja’s iconic style came to be, and how the Bodegas of the region have adapted to

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Passion to Profit: How to make money in wine

There is a gap in the wine industry between learning about wine and knowing how to make money in wine. No matter your career goals — teaching, selling, marketing, making — you must understand the entire supply chain and value chain in order to be successful.

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Webinar – Rioja: Tempranillo and Beyond

https://player.vimeo.com/video/594791226?badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479&h=00ca5eca8b&wmode=opaque After viewing the webinar, let us know your thoughts and be entered to win a $50 Gift Certificate to be used towards the purchase of any Napa Valley Wine Academy proprietary course. Complete the survey Host: Christian OggenfussdipWSET and CEO, NVWA What we covered: Rioja is a region made famous by its blends of

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Wine & Literature

Drinking wine is like reading a good book. We sip and savor to discover a wine’s story, drown in the dialogue between terroir and grape, befriend the character of the winemaker. Here are 10 lines from famous texts that pertain to wine; and speak to the time and place in which the words were written.

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The History of Co-Fermentation in Côte-Rôtie and Beyond

In a small handful of appellations around the world, it’s common to find a deeply colored, richly concentrated red wine that has been enhanced by the inclusion of white grapes. Here, we take a deep dive into the history of co-fermentation, from fans to deep skeptics.

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France’s 2021 wine harvest could be the smallest in decades

A preliminary estimate released by France’s agriculture ministry shows that the 2021 wine harvest will be one of the smallest in at least 50 years. The output is likely to decrease by 24% – 30% across France, said Agreste, France agriculture ministry statisticians. That means the average wine production in France may fall to between

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American Whiskey: Respect for the Past, Reimagining the Future

The current deeply exciting state of American whiskey has not developed by mistake. The recent explosion of new whiskey labels has created a buzz around the ancient amber liquor. NVWA Brian Freedman highlights the key players in the American Whiskey movement, and how you can learn to taste like a pro.

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Episode 3 – Curtis Mann – Albertsons

In this episode of Wine, Work & Passion, we’ll talk to Curtis Mann, Master of Wine, Group Vice President – Alcohol (Wine, Beer & Spirits). Curtis shares insights about working on the retail side of the wine industry and provide actionable advice to help you in pursuit of your wine industry career.  He’ll also share his experience as one of only 52 Masters of Wine in the US/Canada.

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Webinar – Côtes du Rhône Foundations

https://player.vimeo.com/video/548207521?badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479   The Rhône Valley region of France has been a quality wine producing region for over 800 years. In fact, the imprint of CDR was noted as far back as the 1700s. Much of the sommelier community focus of the region has been on the cru wines from a handful of well-known villages. But

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Biodynamic Farming in Wine

Sonoma-based wine journalist and editor Stacy Briscoe visits Quintessa, taking a deep dive into the biodynamic farming practices at this iconic Napa estate.

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Webinar – Sustainability in Champagne

Climate change has affected the world’s most famous wine region – is that good or bad?

Learn how the Champagne region has modified the way it grows, produces, bottles, and exports its most prized asset. Instructor and Champagne expert Jess Helfand (Diploma WSET) guides us through everything from canopy management, harvest dates, bottle weight, and more.
Yes, we can tend to the planet while indulging in our favorite bubbly, and yes we can feel great about it!

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The S Word: Getting to Grips with Sulfites and Wine

The sulfite debate is one of the most heated, confused, and often misplaced topics in wine today. Isabelle Legeron MW explains the four key “S” words: Sulfur, Sulfates, Sulfides, and Sulfur Dioxide, and offers her unique perspective on natural winemaking.

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Webinar – Rioja – What You Need to Know Now

We welcomed special guest presenter Matthew Kaner, Master of Wine Peter Marks, and Dhane Chesson representing the Rioja region. We also had the pleasure to present special messages from icons of the region – Alvaro Palacios of Palacios Remondo, Maria Urrutia of CVNE and Pablo de Simon of Valserrano.

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Episode 2 – Morgan Bailey -Quintessa Winery

In this special episode, we’ll talk to Morgan Bailey, Hospitality Director at Quintessa Winery, about the surge in available wine jobs as wineries reopen and the busy season approaches. Morgan will share her experience and expertise and offer advice on how you can find and secure a job right now in wine hospitality.

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ALL POWER TO THE SHERRY COCKTAIL

“Why do bartenders and mixologists adore sherry? Because the category gives us so much creative freedom,” says Chantal Tseng, founder of Custom Cocktails for the End Times. “With Sherry’s complex aromatic profile, over 300 volatile aromatic compounds at any given sniff, one could just as easily add brilliant, savoury nuance to a stirred aperitif as incorporate rich chocolatey structure to a seven ingredient tropical rum combination. Sherry is simply the perfect host when mixing.”

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How the Pandemic Has Disrupted the Sommelier Community

What is a sommelier exactly? How has the pandemic disrupted the “Sommunity” and how will it recover? Hooper was the Wine Director for Faith and Flower in Los Angeles but lost his job because of the pandemic. He’s now writing for Wine & Spirits magazine, and this is his Op-Ed on how the pandemic is shaking up the somms’ restaurant world.

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Episode 1 – The Launch – Wine, Work & Passion

In this inaugural episode, you’ll meet Christian Oggenfuss, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Napa Valley Wine Academy. He’ll inspire you with his amazing journey on his way to becoming the CEO of America’s Premier Wine School, and I’ll share my story as well. We’ll also expert advice on how you can enter our exciting industry.

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Episode 22 – Hugh Johnson – The Story of a Wine Giant

In this episode, we catch up with wine legend, Hugh Johnson. Hugh has been one of the wine world’s most read and influential authors over a 60-year career. He has inspired so many to pursue further wine education and helped transform how we think about wine writing. His story is complex, thrilling, and inspiring much like many of the finest wines of the world.

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Warfare to Winemaking

Alma Rosa winemaker Samra Morris is possibly the only Bosnian winemaker in the US. She survived growing up in a war zone to pursue her lifelong goal of making wine.

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Wine in Outer Space

Twelve bottles of Bordeaux wine and 320 vine plants were shot into space as part of a grand study to see how microgravity can affect the aging process of wine. This is what happened.

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Wine Industry Career Series: Instagram for Income

Is Instagram the holy grail for wine entrepreneurs? That depends on how you define Instagram-based success. Is it the number of followers you have, how many likes, shares, or reposts you get? Does that translate to ‘money in the bank’?

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Episode 19 – The Story of Franciacorta

In this episode, Christian Oggenfuss sits down with Giammario Villa an Italian native, Master Taster, sommelier, author, and ambassador for the Consorzio Franciacorta. We discuss Gammario’s journey and explore the origins of Italy’s premier sparkling wine region. This is their story.

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Wine Industry Career Series: Resume Makeover

Is your resume in desperate need of a makeover? Is the word “wine” even mentioned? Does it tell a prospective employer what you bring to the table, or does it read more like a laundry list of your life’s work? We’re here to help get your resume in shape for that wine industry job of your dreams.

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Franciacorta Satèn DOCG

Tiny bubbles, low bottle pressure, elegance and a silky texture are the hallmarks of this totally unique style of Classic Method sparkling wine from Lombardia, Italy’s finest sparkling wine region. Franciacorta Ambassador Giammario Villa takes us on our Satèn tasting journey.

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Piemonte Wine and Truffles

Michelin-dining opportunities galore, the thought of agnolotti by the forkfuls, hazelnuts, chocolate, loads of Nutella, and of course—black truffles and the storied tartufo bianco d’Alba (white truffles). That’s what you can expect if you visit Piedmont, Italy during the heights of truffle season—and generous pours of Barolo!

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New Kid, Old Towns

Joe Roberts writes about his trip to the wine region Alentejo in Portugal and it’s sub-region of Portalegre.

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Diversity In Wine Scholarship Program with Josh Hart

We are excited to have partnered with Wine Access, in our commitment to making the wine industry a vibrant, forward-thinking, and diverse industry. This of course requires the very best people. That’s why we’re teaming up with NBA star and wine lover Josh Hart to offer 100 scholarships to aspiring wine experts in the BIPOC community, with the goal of discovering tomorrow’s wine industry stars.

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Webinar- Wine of Portugal

Wines of Portugal and Napa Valley Wine Academy as we welcome producers from Portugal live to taste the crisp fragrant white wines and the heady, earthy red blends of the region.

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Food & Wine: Everything We Know About the 2020 California Fires

A piece that I worked on over the better part of four days. As of this writing, the fires have burned more than 1.5 million acres in California, five people have died in Napa and Solano Counties, many have lost their homes, businesses, and while northern California continues battling issues with smoke, Santa Cruz wine country has been hit the hardest.

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C is for Context

After a few seconds, I put both glasses down and experienced what I call one of those “alone at the edge of the universe” moments where one is faced with a paradox; something that flies in the face of previous experience that must somehow be reconciled.

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Eating the Elephant

The process of becoming a professional taster (for exam purposes or not) is a journey with many steps. That journey requires a duration of time and lots of tasting practice—with wine in hand and not.

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Study Hall – with special guest Fiona Morrison MW

Rosé Revolution with Elizabeth Gaby, Master of Wine
Join us for an interview with Elizabeth Gabay Master of Wine on the Rosé wine revolution. As global sales of rosé continue growing over the last decade, the face of both the consumption and production of rosé is changing globally. We will discuss both the successes and challenges that rosé producers are facing today. Elizabeth Gabay is the world’s leading authority on pink wine and the author of “Rosé: Understanding the pink wine revolution.”

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Episode 17 – Rodrigo Soto – Journey to Biodynamics

In this episode, Christian Oggenfuss has the opportunity to sit down and reconnect with Rodrigo Soto a native of Chile and a passionate proponent of organic and biodynamic viticulture. Christian explores Rodrigo’s early years in Chile and how a chance meeting at a dinner party propelled him to introduce biodynamics in Chile and become one of the most respected Chilean winemakers. Today he is general manager for one of the most well-known winery groups in the US

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WSET Level 3 Red Wine Tasting Note

Rosé Revolution with Elizabeth Gaby, Master of Wine
Join us for an interview with Elizabeth Gabay Master of Wine on the Rosé wine revolution. As global sales of rosé continue growing over the last decade, the face of both the consumption and production of rosé is changing globally. We will discuss both the successes and challenges that rosé producers are facing today. Elizabeth Gabay is the world’s leading authority on pink wine and the author of “Rosé: Understanding the pink wine revolution.”

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Rosé Revolution with Elizabeth Gaby, Master of Wine

Rosé Revolution with Elizabeth Gaby, Master of Wine
Join us for an interview with Elizabeth Gabay Master of Wine on the Rosé wine revolution. As global sales of rosé continue growing over the last decade, the face of both the consumption and production of rosé is changing globally. We will discuss both the successes and challenges that rosé producers are facing today. Elizabeth Gabay is the world’s leading authority on pink wine and the author of “Rosé: Understanding the pink wine revolution.”

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Interview with Warren Winiarski Napa Vintner

Monika Vescovi, dipWSET interviews Warren Winiarski world-famous Napa Valley Vintner, who owns and operates Arcadia Vineyards in the Coombsville AVA of Napa Valley, which produces Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. In 1976, Winiarski won the Judgment of Paris blind tasting for his 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

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How the Australian Wildfires has Impacted the Wine Industry

It was a tragic event that dominated the international news cycle for months: several wildfires erupted in Australia, burning with unprecedented scope and rapidity from November 2019 to February 2020. Among the regions devastated by the fires was New South Wales, one of Australia’s main winegrowing areas.

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Episode 16 – Vanessa Conlin – Journey to MW

Episode 16, About a month ago, Christian Oggensfuss sat down with Vanessa Conlin, the Head of Wine at Wine Access to record this podcast. Since the recording, Conlin received the biggest news of her life—she had become a Master of Wine, one of just 467 in the world, and one of only 138 women to ever earn the credential. 

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Episode 15 – Paul Mabray – Wine Industry’s Digital Godfather

In Episode 15, we sit down with Paul Mabray, the digital godfather, to the wine industry. We discuss his career and metamorphosis from young beer salesman to one of the leading proponents of the transformation of the wine industry from one that has historically been technology adverse to an industry that needs to embrace the power of digital and social marketing and new routes to the consumer.

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