Julia Burke

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Julia Burke is a wine educator, wine industry professional, and WSET Diploma student currently based in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Links to her work can be found on her website, Stellenbauchery.com.

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Some Experience Required: Getting a foot in the door in the wine business

Listen to enough interviews with wine professionals and you’ll hear a familiar refrain as they tell their origin stories:

“Well, someone took a chance on me…”
“I was in the right place at the right time…”
“I was grossly underqualified, but for some reason…”

To outsiders, the wine industry can seem full of fortunate people. And that’s partly true…

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What it’s like to own a wine shop

Stop in for a tasting or a special bottle at In Fine Spirits, located in the bustling neighborhood of Andersonville in Chicago, and you might think owner Jarran Conger was the local mayor. In Fine Spirits has been Andersonville’s wine, beer, and spirits source for thirteen years, and the shop’s devoted regulars––who often bring friends …

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What it’s like to be an enologist

If you’re fascinated by the natural world, you enjoy research, and you love using the tools of science to solve problems, the wine world has more to offer you than late-night grad school study fuel. Enology, the cellar counterpart to viticulture, is the science of winemaking, and the field provides vital research to winemakers in every region of the world.

Four things I learned about Pinot Noir

My first wine job was in a winery that specialized in single-vineyard Pinot Noir in an AVA petition written based on its apparent similarity to Burgundy. My most recent job had me working with one of the best Burgundy portfolios books in the country. It’s safe to say that when I moved to Oregon in August, I thought I knew Pinot Noir.

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How Far Will You Go? Making the Jump from WSET Level 3 to Level 4 Diploma

How do you pinpoint the moment when you decided to turn your passion for wine into something more than a hobby? For many WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) students, that point can be found in the divide between WSET Levels I, 2, and 3 and the Diploma program. Levels 1 and 2 cover basic …

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