Pouring PointsArticles, profiles, roundups and more from the Napa Valley Wine Academy
The 51st annual Vinitaly trade fair, the world’s largest wine event (by at least some measures) and an unparalleled showcase for Italian wine, took place (as always) in Verona, Italy, April 9–12. Vinitaly is part spectacle, part...
In this show we learn all about “jihadist winemaking,” skateboarding ethics, the Tour-de-France racer’s sandwich, and the wine region Steve considers the Punk Rock of wine region.There is more to his story…
Do you know the most widely grown grape variety in Spain? You might think Tempranillo, but the answer is Airén. Take our wine quiz to test your wine knowledge?
In Episode 3 of the Stories Behind Wine, we sit down with Ian Harris the CEO of the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) to talk about the growth of the world’s oldest and largest wine education body and how Ian came to hold his position and grow the reach of the WSET. There is more to his story…
Do you know how many Cru AOCs are in Northern Rhone? What about Southern Rhone? If you said 8 in each you are correct! Take our quiz to test your knowledge on French wine!
In Episode 2 of the Stories Behind Wine, we sit down with renowned vintner and winemaker Joel Aiken. Joel shares with us what it was like to be the youngest winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) and what it’s like to have worked with legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff and with Michel Rolland. There is more to his story…
Think you know Champagne? Take our quiz and find out how your knowledge stacks up.
In Episode 1 we interview Richard Mendelson about his role in helping establish some Napa Valley’s 16 AVA (American Viticultural Areas) and his book “Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure” Richard shares his personal stories about all of the intrigue, hard won battles, and how he helped craft one of the world’s Premier wine regions.
Oak wine barrels with Joel Aiken
How did the world first discover and fall in love with the wines of Napa Valley? One could not dispute that the highest impact event was the 1976 Judgment of Paris where California wines bested their French counterparts in both the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay categories. Here are five must know facts about Napa Valley’s history leading up to the 1976 Paris tasting that helped catapult it to one of the world’s premier wine regions.
Statistically speaking, if a student fails the WSET Level 3 exam it’s because they failed the theory section, specifically, because they failed the short-answer questions.
How does this happen? Most often it’s because students didn’t answer the question completely, missing valuable points.
The method described below provides an easy-to-follow set of actions to take to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
Dr. Dale Archer is a returning student to Napa Valley Wine Academy from Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a Medical Doctor, board certified Psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author and now add WSET graduate to his accomplishments.