American Wine Studies

10 Proven Wine Study Hacks

Whether you are studying for WSET, CSW or a specialized regional wine certification, these 10 study hacks are sure to help! Watch here and never worry about if you are spending your study time wisely.       The sheer amount of information and detail regarding wine is enough to send even the most advanced …

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Processing Halter Ranch

Harvest Begins in Paso Robles Wine Country

Photo Source: Halter Ranch Vineyard We received an update on the current crush from Paso Robles thanks to Solterra Strategies. Winemakers from Adelaida Cellars, Alta Colina, kukkula, and Halter Ranch were interviewed (full disclosure: all clients of Soleterra Strategies) about the fact earlier harvests are becoming a kind of new normal. The interviews below were …

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50 States 50 Wine Facts

50 Wine Facts from 50 United States

by Jonathan Cristaldi  The United States of America are united on one front: all 50 states in the Union are, in some way shape or form, growing grapes and producing wine. For a country as a whole, we may not agree fully on anything, but this, rest assured, is fact and not up for debate. …

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Memorial Day Rose

Memorial Day: Skip the Red the White and Go Rosé

The thought of imbibing on rosé year-round once raised eyebrows by the wine elite–it was a sure sign of the amateur wine consumer. But, as with most things, the times they have a-changed. It’s no longer a faux-pas to crack open a bottle of your favorite Provençal rosé in the dead of winter–hey, if you’ve …

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Jancis Robinson

Alder Yarrow Interviews Jancis Robinson

After having met Alder Yarrow at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, knowing he contributes to JancisRobinson.com, I asked if he would interview Jancis about wine education–how it, particularly the WSET, played a part in her career and what advice she would give to new students of wine. His Q&A with her is below, and …

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The State of Virginia Wine

The State of Virginia Wine

In celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, which is today, April 13, we asked Alicia Cypress, a fellow of the 2016 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, and digital editor with NPR, to report on the state of the wine industry from Virginia. Cypress attended the Virginia Wine Summit last week and offers insights into wine styles, tourism and her …

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Found Father of Wine - Thomas Jefferson

Founding Father of Wine – Thomas Jefferson

In celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday–April 13–we are digging deep into this founding father of wine and third POTUS’ grape-growing experiments from his celebrated home in Monticello, Virginia. Consider this a teaser to our American Wine Studies certification program, which covers the history of winemaking in the U.S. and explores American Viticultural Areas from coast …

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Paso Robles Adelaida District

Exploring the Adelaida District of Paso Robles

In 2014, the vast Paso Robles AVA was divided into eleven sub-regions. “Paso Robles was the largest un-subdivided AVA within California at approximately 614,000 acres,” writes Jason Haas for Blog Tablas Creek, back in September of 2013. “By contrast, the Napa Valley appellation (which includes sixteen AVA’s delineated within its bounds) is roughly one-third the …

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Carneros Wine Alliance

Carneros Wine Alliance Annual Spring Barrel Tasting

The Carneros Wine Alliance held their annual Spring Barrel Tasting on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Below are my tasting highlights from the event, and just before that is a brief history of the region, written by Catherine Bugue, Director of Education at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. I’m tellin’ ya, folks. I’m a big Carneros Chardonnay …

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Willamette Valley Oregon

Oregon Winemaker Eats Dirt

Okay, I’m guilty: that was a sensationalist headline. And it’s only half true. But it starts like this: I received an invite to a dinner called “Eat Dirt” from winemaker Nicholas Keeler, Authentique Wines, based in the Eola-Amity AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Because I had never been to Oregon wine country (guilty as charged!) …

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