Pouring Points

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 14 – Dr. Paulo Lopes – Myths and Truths of Cork

Episode 14 – Dr. Paulo Lopes – Myths and Truths of Cork

In Episode 14, we sit down with Dr. Paulo Lopes, a Portugues scientist and one the foremost experts on cork closures. We explore his journey from being a forest engineer to studying with some of the most influential wine minds at the University of Bordeaux, leading to his Masters and Ph.D. He has conducted some groundbreaking research that has dispelled some of the myths and long-held beliefs of the role of corks in the aging of wine.

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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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Featured Articles

The latest articles from Napa Valley Wine Academy

How to Make the Best of Trade Shows if You are a Wine Student

How to Make the Best of Trade Shows if You are a Wine Student

If you’re a student of wine, major trade shows, like Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri, which recently rolled through San Francisco, can seem overwhelming. You might also wonder, why bother going? We offer five tips to turn a massive wine trade show into a tasting and learning bonanza.

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Napa – Then and Now

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

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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Featured Videos

The latest videos from Napa Valley Wine Academy