Catherine Bugue

Finding herself grinning from ear to ear cleaning out wine tanks as she volunteered at wineries back East, Catherine packed up and left New York City for Napa ten years ago. She worked at Cain Vineyard & Winery on Spring Mountain before melding her prior publishing career with her love of wine at Karen MacNeil & Company. Catherine co-authored an edition of the Wine Lovers Calendar with Ms. MacNeil whose book, The Wine Bible, is one of the best-selling wine books in the U.S.

Catherine earned her WSET Diploma in 2010. She sits on the Napa Valley Vintners and St Helena Star Tasting Panel and is a wine columnist for the Napa Valley Register and the St Helena Star. Catherine has taught individual wine classes at Napa Valley College, JV Wine & Spirits, and with Napa Valley Wine Academy. She previously handled international wine accounts for Balzac Communications & Marketing where she promotes regions such as Navarra, Rueda, Collio, Franciacorta and Chianti Classico.

Catherine also travels each year with the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux U.S. Tour and every other year she visits her in-laws in France, taking that opportunity to discover some of the country’s diverse wine roads.

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What Will Your Wine Journey Look Like?

By Catherine Bugué When wine sparks a newfound passion in you, it starts an incredible adventure; something akin to Alice in Wonderland falling into a whole new world followed by the constant amazement of Jack Skellington in What’s This, What’s This from the Nightmare Before Christmas.  An invite decades ago to a Beaujolais Nouveau wine …

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Celebrating a major milestone for three instructors

Napa Valley Wine Academy Celebrates A Major Milestone for Three Instructors This past week, three Napa Valley Wine Academy instructors heard the news that very few wine professionals around the world hear: they had each reached the major milestone of passing both the theory and practical (tasting) portions of their Master of Wine exams. Vanessa …

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New Director of Education

Catherine Bugue Accepts Position as Director of Education

Napa, CA (September 1, 2015) – Balzac Communications announces that Senior Account Executive Catherine Bugue has accepted the position of Director of Education at the Napa Valley Wine Academy, the premier Napa Valley wine school she helped found in 2012 with partner and Executive Director Christian Oggenfuss and partner Jurg Oggenfuss. Over the past seven …

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