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Why the WSET “SAT” is Essential for Every Wine Writer, Blogger, and Industry Professional

Have you ever had to write a wine tasting note? If you’re enrolled in WSET you know that your life depends on crafting one modeled after the Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT). In our latest blog post, Food & Wine contributor Jonathan Cristaldi breaks down why the SAT is an essential tool for any industry professional.

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Napa – Then and Now

Summer 1976 and the Paris Tasting. The repeal of prohibition was just 43 years before. Dry table wines had only been outselling fortified sweet jug wines in the U.S. since 1968. For most Americans, fine wine—and fine dining for that matter–was about as remote as the Dog Star. The very thought that California wines could ever share the stage with top French bottlings seemed to be fantasy. The tasting changed everything, with California wines judged superior to Grand Cru Burgundy and classified growth Bordeaux by a panel of French judges. The results sent shock waves through the industry–and far beyond.

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Napa Valley Wine Academy Student Awarded Prestigious WSET Level 2 Prize

Each year, three students from the UK, USA, and Australia who achieve outstanding results in their WSET Level 2 exam become eligible to receive funds courtesy of The Laithwaite’s Prizes to study a wine or spirit-producing region of their choice.

We are proud to introduce Jonathan Houston, a student of Napa Valley Wine Academy, who was selected as a nominee for the prize and asked to submit an essay. Houston was chosen as one of three final award winners.

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Student Success Story – Jeff Lewis

This month’s success story comes to us from the Pacific Northwest, in Oregon.  Jeff Lewis is a graduate of our WSET Level 3 Award in Wine credential and used this internationally-recognized certification to further expand his wine career; taking a winemaking opportunity in Argentina and serving as sommelier for an Argentine celebrity chef before taking a National Sales Manager position at the premium producer, Revana Wines. We sat down with Jeff to see how wine education helped him realize his wine dreams.

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A Podcast interview with Richard Mendelson

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.

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