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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 Articles

The latest articles from Napa Valley Wine Academy

Scotch Whisky 101 — Why Styles Differ

Scotch Whisky 101 — Why Styles Differ

There are a number of factors that affect the taste of Scotch. While the basic ingredients (water, malted barley, and yeast) are the same, each ingredient and the distillery process impact the final product.

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Scotch Whisky 101 — Reading the Label

Scotch Whisky 101 — Reading the Label

Go to any bar, restaurant, or take stock next time you’re in any retail shop and you’ll notice that the brown spirits section seems to be in constant expansion mode. Knowing how each brown spirit is produced, and where each one comes from is critical for students of wine and spirits looking to ace their exams. 

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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 Videos

The latest videos from Napa Valley Wine Academy