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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 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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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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Featured Articles

The latest articles from Napa Valley Wine Academy

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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Tennessee Whiskey 101

Tennessee Whiskey 101

By Liz Pirnat By now, you’ve surely become acquainted with Tennessee whiskey. If you haven’t had Jack Daniel’s, or don’t know of someone who drinks it religiously, you’re in the minority. So, whether the high-octane brown spirit that hails from...

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Featured Videos

The latest videos from Napa Valley Wine Academy