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Articles, profiles, roundups and more from the Napa Valley Wine Academy

Learning should not stop once you leave the classroom! We have assembled a team of wine experts, geeks, enthusiasts, and professionals who delight in sharing their knowledge and passion on the subject of wine, spirits, and sake to bring you new, relevant, and exciting content including articles, podcasts, and videos.

Featured Podcasts

The latest from Napa Valley’s Podcast Series

Episode 13 – Dan Dawson, Recovering Wine Shop Owner

Episode 13 – Dan Dawson, Recovering Wine Shop Owner

In episode 13 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine we speak to recovering wine shop owner, founder of Dawson Wine Advisors, and Napa native Dan Dawson. Dan’s story starts with waiting tables, traveling to the midwest to sell Vouvray, to becoming the French Laundry’s first sommelier, and founding Napa’s most respected wine shops, and ultimately abandoning retail to stake his claim in the digital wine recommendation space. 

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Episode 12 – Lisa Strid, Winemaker

Episode 12 – Lisa Strid, Winemaker

How did Lisa Strid, a Wyoming native, go from working for a wine industry behemoth to making wine in the high desert of Arizona? Find out on our next Stories Behind Wine podcast as we take you to one of America’s unexpected wine regions.

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Episode 11 – Cathy Corison, Winemaker

Episode 11 – Cathy Corison, Winemaker

Cathy Corison is the owner of Corison Winery in St. Helena, California. An alum of Freemark Abbey, Robert Sinskey, and Chappellet, she’s made wine under her eponymous label since 1987. Critic Eric Asimov of the NYT has written, “Corison is one of the greatest producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley today,” and she’s been named a “Winemaker of the Year” by San Francisco Chronicle. She talks to us about what it was like being one of the first female winemakers in Napa in the late 1970s, and her impressions of how the industry has evolved in the last 40 years.

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Featured Articles

The latest articles from Napa Valley Wine Academy

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Rhone Valley

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Rhone Valley

For America wine drinkers, the Rhône Valley tends to be a place of mystery and intrigue. Most can tell you that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is in the Rhône and that the area is a source of great value wines. True. But there is so much more. Here, I’ve highlighted...

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6 Courses to Consider if You Passed WSET Level 3

6 Courses to Consider if You Passed WSET Level 3

Earning the WSET Level 3 certification is not an easy task—it marks a right of passage for many people going into wine. But after you’ve passed it, what do you do next? Here are 6 courses to consider if you’ve passed your WSET Level 3 and want to further your knowledge.

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5 Halloween Netflix TV Shows and Wine Pairings  

5 Halloween Netflix TV Shows and Wine Pairings  

Even better than Halloween movie and wine pairings, we put together a list of the best wines to drink while indulging in your favorite Netflix TV Halloween horror series. Just be sure to keep a second bottle of wine nearby, along with some Wine Away spray, since chances are you’ll be so frightened a glass or two is bound to be knocked off the coffee table.

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Featured Videos

The latest videos from Napa Valley Wine Academy