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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 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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Episode 10 – Stu Smith, Winemaker

Episode 10 – Stu Smith, Winemaker

In Episode 10 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine, we speak to Stu Smith of Smith-Madrone Winery. Stu is a winemaker, a man of science and a passionate skeptic on many topics in the wine business. We cover a wide range of issues from biodynamics, Napa’s Controversial measure C, why he thinks its stupid to try and make a 100 point wine, what it was like in Napa Valley in the early days for the 2nd boom as well as his thoughts on what the future holds for Napa Valley.

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Episode 9 – Dan Petroski, Winemaker

Episode 9 – Dan Petroski, Winemaker

In Episode 9 of our ongoing podcast series, The Stories Behind Wine, we speak to Dan Petroski San Francisco Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year who makes wines for Larkmead Vineyards and Massican Winery. Dan tells us about his fascinating journey to become a winemaker even though he has no formal winemaking training or education.

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Featured Articles

The latest articles from Napa Valley Wine Academy

Celebrating a major milestone for three instructors

Napa Valley Wine Academy Celebrates A Major Milestone for Three Instructors This past week, three Napa Valley Wine Academy instructors heard the news that very few wine professionals around the world hear: they had each reached the major milestone of passing both the...

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WSET Level 3 Study Tips

WSET Level 3 Study Tips

WSET Level 3 Study Tips or How to Wrangle the WSET Level 3 Beast First and foremost, Level 3 success depends on interactive studying. Students often feel that if they read through the book once, or even twice, they have studied. To be successful on the WSET Level 3...

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Featured Videos

The latest videos from Napa Valley Wine Academy