Napa Valley Wine Academy

Karen Wetzel

Karen Wetzel is a highly regarded, experienced Wine & Spirits Industry professional and a well-credentialed Wine & Spirits Educator. With over 30 years in the industry, she has experience in most every aspect of the distribution and supply chain and her expertise can help you jump start or advance your career. Starting as a sales rep, Karen has held key positions within the distribution and supplier network including Category Manager, National Accounts Manager, Director of Sales and Director of Wine Education. She has helped countless others advance their careers through mentorships and best-in-class sales training courses. She has also developed wine & spirits education programs for employees, distributors and restaurant/retail trade partners with the goal of helping them thrive in our industry. Karen is a WSET Certified Educator, has her WSET Level 3 in Wine & Spirits and WSET Level 2 in Spirits and holds expert certifications for Napa Valley, Rioja and American wines from the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Today, Karen teaches at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. She also develops career development content and coaches Wine & Spirits Industry Professionals.

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WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 39 – Laura Deyermond, Newton Vineyards

My guest today is Laura Deyermond, Head of Viticulture for Newton Vineyards and a 2022 Wine Enthusiast Future 40 recipient.  In this episode Laura shares her passion for farming grapes sustainably and organically to preserves the ecosystem in the vineyard.  She will also talk about the various roles it takes to manage and maintain a […]

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WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 38 – Elizabeth Vianna, Winemaker, Chimney Rock

Today I am honored to introduce you to Elizabeth Vianna, Winemaker and GM of the famed Chimney Rock Winery in the Stags Leap District here in Napa Valley.  Her story of going from medical school to making a world-class Cab. Sauv. in one of the greatest wine regions in the world, will inspire you.  And

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WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 37 – Brittany Merritt & Kristi Gardner, SGWS Talent Acquisition Team

We’ve finally come to the third and final episode in our series featuring the talent acquisition team with SGWS, the largest distributor in American In our first episode we met Vince Pierce, the Senior Director and Head of Talent Acquisition.  In the second episode you met  Chip Turrisi, Director of Early Career Recruiting and Mike

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WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 35 – Mike Cashion & Chip Turrisi, SGWS Talent Acquisition Team

I’m excited to bring you part 2 of our 3-part series featuring the talent acquisition team with SGWS, the largest distributor in American In our first episode we met Vince Pierce, the Senior Director and fearless leader of Talent Acquisition and he gave us an overview of what his team does and a general idea

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WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 34 – Jodie Battles, Beverage Director, JK Food Group

Today you’ll meet Jodie Battles, Managing Partner & Beverage Director for JK Food Group. You’ll learn about her journey from part-time server to overseeing the beverage programs at acclaimed Boston Area restaurants Toro, Coppa, Little Donkey, Faccia a Faccia and Bar Pallino No matter where you are in your wine journey, this episode is packed

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WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 33 – Cindy Peck, Director of Career Strategy, Drucker School of Management

We are all about helping you increase your odds of finding the wine job of your dreams.  To that end, my guest today is Cindy Peck, Director of Career Strategy @ Drucker School of Management.  In this episode Cindy will set you up for job search success by sharing her expertise on how to showcase

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WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 32 – Vince Pierce – Sr. Dir. of Talent Acquisition with SGWS

I’m so glad you’re joining me today. I was lucky enough to connect with the Talent Acquisition Team for the largest wine distributor in the US – SGWS. With over 22,000 employees strong, they are one of the largest wine industry employers in the world, with job opportunities in 44 US states. When meeting with

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WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 31 – Allison Day – Founder & Creative Director, Good Things Done Right

In this episode you will meet my fantastic guest, Allison Day, who started her company Good Things Done Right from the ground up and turned it into a highly sought-after wine-centric Social Media and Marketing company. Good Things Done Right serving a client list of some of the most well-known, iconic wineries and organizations in

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IN-PERSON COURSE & WORKSHOP REFUNDS & TRANSFERS

Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

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3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

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Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

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555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427

 

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Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)

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1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203

 

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Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)

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1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

 

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Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)

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1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606

 

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Street View of HQ

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)

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2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559

 

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