The days of Australian wine being synonymous with over-extracted, unbalanced fruit juice are mercifully past us. Yet to a certain extent, and among a certain generation of consumers, the stigma has proven to be frustratingly persistent.
Sure, there are plenty of massively styled reds being produced Down Under, but that’s the case around the world, and to discuss them as if they’re in any way emblematic of an entire country’s—and in this, an entire continent’s!—wine culture is grossly inaccurate.
Painting New Zealand with too broad a brush leads to missing the full picture–it may take some work to find Kiwi wines on the American market that aren’t Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but it’s well worth the effort.Read More
Austria’s famous cultural fastidiousness has been particularly acute when it comes to Sekt, the country’s sparkling wine. While Sekt has been produced since the 1840s, the market is just now seeing the results of Austria’s new sparkling wine designation, under the moniker Österreichischer Sekt mit geschützter Ursprungsbezeichnung (g.U.), which stands for “Austrian Sekt with Protected Designation of Origin” (PDO).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
by Stephanie Block St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery has always been a beautiful place to...Read More