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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...
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.
High prices? That’s old news. Burgundy’s resurgence in quality has created pockets of real value.
Vermouth is as much a potion as a botanical tonic, the ultimate cocktail builder, and also a cocktail in its own right. More often than not, this specialty wine attracts very little attention, and not always niceties. In theory, every proper bar needs vermouth for the most classic mixed drinks: Manhattan, Negroni, Martini, and most recently the Swing State cocktail.
Sparkling 5 Ways: A Quick Guide to the 5 Major Production Methods for Sparkling Wine
by Jennifer Curry Sharon Kazan Harris, owner and director of winemaking at RARECAT Wines (a boutique winery producing wines in Napa, Bordeaux and Champagne), has an innovative vision for her Ambassador program: Creating opportunities for wine enthusiasts that fulfill...
Even though a vast majority of my winemaking career has taken place in California, I cannot ever hide the fact that my heart belongs to Hungary. Ten years ago, I had the good fortune to work a harvest with Kiralyudvar Winery and spend a few months tasting wines all around Tokaj. I came away from that experience with an even stronger love and appreciation for this special region in my home country and what it has to offer.
#CabFrancDay is fast approaching on Sunday, December 4th. How can you prepare? All you need to do is purchase a bottle of Cabernet Franc by 8pm EST on its special day, when Lori Budd founder of #CabFrancDay will host the second annual #CabFrancDay Twitter chat. Then pop the cork and join the fun!
What’s on my bed-side table these days? Dozens of books from travel to intrigue to historical novels and self-help; all with bookmarks in them from chapters read and devoured. But for the wine lover, here are some of my favorite recent finds.