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Passion to Profit: How to make money in wine

Passion to Profit: How to make money in wine

There is a gap in the wine industry between learning about wine and knowing how to make money in wine. No matter your career goals — teaching, selling, marketing, making — you must understand the entire supply chain and value chain in order to be successful.

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Wine & Literature

Wine & Literature

Drinking wine is like reading a good book. We sip and savor to discover a wine’s story, drown in the dialogue between terroir and grape, befriend the character of the winemaker. Here are 10 lines from famous texts that pertain to wine; and speak to the time and place in which the words were written.

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The History of Co-Fermentation in Côte-Rôtie and Beyond

The History of Co-Fermentation in Côte-Rôtie and Beyond

In a small handful of appellations around the world, it’s common to find a deeply colored, richly concentrated red wine that has been enhanced by the inclusion of white grapes. Here, we take a deep dive into the history of co-fermentation, from fans to deep skeptics.

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American Whiskey: Respect for the Past, Reimagining the Future

American Whiskey: Respect for the Past, Reimagining the Future

The current deeply exciting state of American whiskey has not developed by mistake. The recent explosion of new whiskey labels has created a buzz around the ancient amber liquor. NVWA Brian Freedman highlights the key players in the American Whiskey movement, and how you can learn to taste like a pro.

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Biodynamic Farming in Wine

Biodynamic Farming in Wine

Sonoma-based wine journalist and editor Stacy Briscoe visits Quintessa, taking a deep dive into the biodynamic farming practices at this iconic Napa estate.

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The S Word: Getting to Grips with Sulfites and Wine

The S Word: Getting to Grips with Sulfites and Wine

The sulfite debate is one of the most heated, confused, and often misplaced topics in wine today. Isabelle Legeron MW explains the four key “S” words: Sulfur, Sulfates, Sulfides, and Sulfur Dioxide, and offers her unique perspective on natural winemaking.

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ALL POWER TO THE SHERRY COCKTAIL

ALL POWER TO THE SHERRY COCKTAIL

“Why do bartenders and mixologists adore sherry? Because the category gives us so much creative freedom,” says Chantal Tseng, founder of Custom Cocktails for the End Times. “With Sherry’s complex aromatic profile, over 300 volatile aromatic compounds at any given sniff, one could just as easily add brilliant, savoury nuance to a stirred aperitif as incorporate rich chocolatey structure to a seven ingredient tropical rum combination. Sherry is simply the perfect host when mixing.”

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How the Pandemic Has Disrupted the Sommelier Community

How the Pandemic Has Disrupted the Sommelier Community

What is a sommelier exactly? How has the pandemic disrupted the “Sommunity” and how will it recover? Hooper was the Wine Director for Faith and Flower in Los Angeles but lost his job because of the pandemic. He’s now writing for Wine & Spirits magazine, and this is his Op-Ed on how the pandemic is shaking up the somms’ restaurant world.

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Warfare to Winemaking

Warfare to Winemaking

Alma Rosa winemaker Samra Morris is possibly the only Bosnian winemaker in the US. She survived growing up in a war zone to pursue her lifelong goal of making wine.

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Wine in Outer Space

Wine in Outer Space

Twelve bottles of Bordeaux wine and 320 vine plants were shot into space as part of a grand study to see how microgravity can affect the aging process of wine. This is what happened.

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Wine Industry Career Series: Instagram for Income

Wine Industry Career Series: Instagram for Income

Is Instagram the holy grail for wine entrepreneurs? That depends on how you define Instagram-based success. Is it the number of followers you have, how many likes, shares, or reposts you get? Does that translate to ‘money in the bank’?

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Wine Industry Career Series: Pump Up Your Resume

Wine Industry Career Series: Pump Up Your Resume

In our last issue of the Wine Industry Career Series, we showed you how to give your resume a makeover and land the wine job of your dreams. But, if you are still struggling to make your resume more wine-centric, you have come to the right place.

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Franciacorta Satèn DOCG

Franciacorta Satèn DOCG

Tiny bubbles, low bottle pressure, elegance and a silky texture are the hallmarks of this totally unique style of Classic Method sparkling wine from Lombardia, Italy’s finest sparkling wine region. Franciacorta Ambassador Giammario Villa takes us on our Satèn tasting journey.

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Piemonte Wine and Truffles

Piemonte Wine and Truffles

Michelin-dining opportunities galore, the thought of agnolotti by the forkfuls, hazelnuts, chocolate, loads of Nutella, and of course—black truffles and the storied tartufo bianco d’Alba (white truffles). That’s what you can expect if you visit Piedmont, Italy during the heights of truffle season—and generous pours of Barolo!

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New Kid, Old Towns

New Kid, Old Towns

Joe Roberts writes about his trip to the wine region Alentejo in Portugal and it’s sub-region of Portalegre.

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Diversity In Wine Scholarship Program with Josh Hart

Diversity In Wine Scholarship Program with Josh Hart

We are excited to have partnered with Wine Access, in our commitment to making the wine industry a vibrant, forward-thinking, and diverse industry. This of course requires the very best people. That’s why we’re teaming up with NBA star and wine lover Josh Hart to offer 100 scholarships to aspiring wine experts in the BIPOC community, with the goal of discovering tomorrow’s wine industry stars.

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Food & Wine: Everything We Know About the 2020 California Fires

Food & Wine: Everything We Know About the 2020 California Fires

A piece that I worked on over the better part of four days. As of this writing, the fires have burned more than 1.5 million acres in California, five people have died in Napa and Solano Counties, many have lost their homes, businesses, and while northern California continues battling issues with smoke, Santa Cruz wine country has been hit the hardest.

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C is for Context

C is for Context

After a few seconds, I put both glasses down and experienced what I call one of those “alone at the edge of the universe” moments where one is faced with a paradox; something that flies in the face of previous experience that must somehow be reconciled.

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Worth a Detour: A Tuscan Culinary Adventure

Worth a Detour: A Tuscan Culinary Adventure

Michelin-Two-Star Bracali is “worth a detour.” I’d agree with that distinction only if by ‘detour’ the folks at Michelin mean “get a reservation…and jump on the next plane to Italy immediately.”

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Wine Advice 101 For Those Just Getting into Wine

Wine Advice 101 For Those Just Getting into Wine

Here are just a few of the gems in Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser’s newest article. We think it’s one of the best “101” guides for those just getting into wine, packed with sage advice we wish we had been given a long time ago. And although it is geared toward newbies, it’s actually full of wise advice longtime wine industry pros may want to take into consideration.

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Food and Wine Pairing in Less Than 500 Words

Food and Wine Pairing in Less Than 500 Words

The days of Australian wine being synonymous with over-extracted, unbalanced fruit juice are mercifully past us. Yet to a certain extent, and among a certain generation of consumers, the stigma has proven to be frustratingly persistent.
Sure, there are plenty of massively styled reds being produced Down Under, but that’s the case around the world, and to discuss them as if they’re in any way emblematic of an entire country’s—and in this, an entire continent’s!—wine culture is grossly inaccurate.

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Calm Down and Drink Your Claret: Bordeaux’s New Grape Approvals Aren’t All That Radical

Calm Down and Drink Your Claret: Bordeaux’s New Grape Approvals Aren’t All That Radical

For now, Bordeaux lovers can expect fascinating discussions around the newly approved wine grapes, but little actual impact on their favorite beverages. Writer and raconteur Joe Roberts has the scoop. And we have the dish on all things French Wine, so after reading Joe’s article, and you get a little taste of just how much there is to know, we recommend you explore the French Wine Scholar program.

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Australian Reds: The Days of Overblown Shiraz Are Gone

Australian Reds: The Days of Overblown Shiraz Are Gone

The days of Australian wine being synonymous with over-extracted, unbalanced fruit juice are mercifully past us. Yet to a certain extent, and among a certain generation of consumers, the stigma has proven to be frustratingly persistent.
Sure, there are plenty of massively styled reds being produced Down Under, but that’s the case around the world, and to discuss them as if they’re in any way emblematic of an entire country’s—and in this, an entire continent’s!—wine culture is grossly inaccurate.

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The New Austrian Sparkling Wine Quality Pyramid

The New Austrian Sparkling Wine Quality Pyramid

Austria’s famous cultural fastidiousness has been particularly acute when it comes to Sekt, the country’s sparkling wine. While Sekt has been produced since the 1840s, the market is just now seeing the results of Austria’s new sparkling wine designation, under the moniker Österreichischer Sekt mit geschützter Ursprungsbezeichnung (g.U.), which stands for “Austrian Sekt with Protected Designation of Origin” (PDO).

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Winemaker Dan Petroski Talks Climate Change in Napa Valley 

Winemaker Dan Petroski Talks Climate Change in Napa Valley 

In a special Op-Ed authored for Seven Fifty Daily, Dan Petroski, winemaker for Larkmead Vineyards and Massican Winery, offered a stark view of how climate change will impact Napa Valley in the coming years. The piece inspired a lot of questions for us. We reached out to Petroski for comment on some of the matters we feel are most important for students of wine.

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How to Become a Napa Valley Wine Expert

How to Become a Napa Valley Wine Expert

It may not be possible to pinpoint the pivotal moment when Napa Valley became famous for wine, however, it is now possible for you to become a genuine Napa Valley Wine Expert through the Napa Valley Wine Academy’s new online course.

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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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Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: It’s the Little Things: 8 Service Basics For Somms

Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: It’s the Little Things: 8 Service Basics For Somms

The standards for fine wine service are a vital part of any sommelier organization’s curriculum including the Court of Master Sommeliers. These standards were derived from traditional, formal European wine service used at the very top restaurants around the globe. The standards have existed in some form or another for decades. While a majority of the standards only apply to the very finest restaurants, there are a handful of common denominators that apply to wine service in any restaurant regardless of style or level of service.

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Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: The Feynman Technique

Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: The Feynman Technique

Recently, I was sharing dinner with a good friend and fellow Master Sommelier at a bistro in the nation’s heartland. We ordered a bottle of Blanc de Blancs Champagne from an excellent grower-producer. What followed, in terms of our server opening the bottle, was somewhere between comedy and tragedy. While telling us about the evening’s specials, our server blissfully destroyed the capsule on the bottle, took the cage off, and waved the bottle around as if it were a half-gallon of milk. In short, everything that could have been done wrong to open the bottle—was done wrong.

There’s really only one way to do Champagne service correctly, and safety is the most important aspect…

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Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: 9 Strategies for Wine Theory Study

Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: 9 Strategies for Wine Theory Study

Recently, I was sharing dinner with a good friend and fellow Master Sommelier at a bistro in the nation’s heartland. We ordered a bottle of Blanc de Blancs Champagne from an excellent grower-producer. What followed, in terms of our server opening the bottle, was somewhere between comedy and tragedy. While telling us about the evening’s specials, our server blissfully destroyed the capsule on the bottle, took the cage off, and waved the bottle around as if it were a half-gallon of milk. In short, everything that could have been done wrong to open the bottle—was done wrong.

There’s really only one way to do Champagne service correctly, and safety is the most important aspect…

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Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: 10 Tips for Champagne Service

Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: 10 Tips for Champagne Service

Recently, I was sharing dinner with a good friend and fellow Master Sommelier at a bistro in the nation’s heartland. We ordered a bottle of Blanc de Blancs Champagne from an excellent grower-producer. What followed, in terms of our server opening the bottle, was somewhere between comedy and tragedy. While telling us about the evening’s specials, our server blissfully destroyed the capsule on the bottle, took the cage off, and waved the bottle around as if it were a half-gallon of milk. In short, everything that could have been done wrong to open the bottle—was done wrong.

There’s really only one way to do Champagne service correctly, and safety is the most important aspect…

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Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: Glassware Stance

Tim Gaiser MS SommDay Series: Glassware Stance

Sometimes, I think the process of smelling and tasting wine is a lot like playing golf. Both are very complex sequences involving the use of multiple senses while processing a good deal of information in the moment. To point, addressing the golf ball consistently before making a good shot in golf is probably the single most crucial factor for success in the game. Likewise, consistency in technique when picking up a glass to smell the wine is incredibly important—but something rarely, if ever, discussed or written about. I call the process “glassware stance.”

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Some Experience Required: Getting a foot in the door in the wine business

Some Experience Required: Getting a foot in the door in the wine business

Listen to enough interviews with wine professionals and you’ll hear a familiar refrain as they tell their origin stories:

“Well, someone took a chance on me…”
“I was in the right place at the right time…”
“I was grossly underqualified, but for some reason…”

To outsiders, the wine industry can seem full of fortunate people. And that’s partly true…

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5 Reasons to Know the Wines of Spain’s Montsant DO

5 Reasons to Know the Wines of Spain’s Montsant DO

One of Spain’s most popular regions today is Priorat. But in recent years, Priorat’s rise in fame is coupled with rising production costs and skyrocketing prices. A few miles away in the mountainous Montsant DO, which surrounds Priorat like a horseshoe, winemakers are busy turning out elegant, beautifully perfumed wines that retail for far less than their popular neighbor. This is a region that warrants the attention of every wine student, and we break down 5 reasons to get to know this up-and-coming DO.

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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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FOOLPROOF METHOD TO ACE THE WSET LEVEL 3 SHORT-ANSWER QUESTIONS

FOOLPROOF METHOD TO ACE THE WSET LEVEL 3 SHORT-ANSWER QUESTIONS

Statistically speaking, if a student fails the WSET Level 3 exam it’s because they failed the theory section, specifically, because they failed the short-answer questions.

How does this happen? Most often it’s because students didn’t answer the question completely, missing valuable points.

The method described below provides an easy-to-follow set of actions to take to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.

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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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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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Making Sense of Sherry Styles

Making Sense of Sherry Styles

Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado—is there an easy way to make sense of the different styles of Sherry? Yes! We break it all down for you in our blog post “Making Sense of Sherry Styles” by our own Catherine Bugué.

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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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Student Success Story – Jeff Lewis

Student Success Story – Jeff Lewis

This month’s success story comes to us from the Pacific Northwest, in Oregon.  Jeff Lewis is a graduate of our WSET Level 3 Award in Wine credential and used this internationally-recognized certification to further expand his wine career; taking a winemaking opportunity in Argentina and serving as sommelier for an Argentine celebrity chef before taking a National Sales Manager position at the premium producer, Revana Wines. We sat down with Jeff to see how wine education helped him realize his wine dreams.

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What it’s like to own a wine shop

What it’s like to own a wine shop

Stop in for a tasting or a special bottle at In Fine Spirits, located in the bustling neighborhood of Andersonville in Chicago, and you might think owner Jarran Conger was the local mayor. In Fine Spirits has been Andersonville’s wine, beer, and spirits source for...

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Three Yoga Poses for Exam Success

Three Yoga Poses for Exam Success

You’ve spent weeks, if not months, studying. You’ve stayed up myriad nights reading, highlighting, making flashcards, and learning the names of grapes that you cannot even pronounce. You’ve canceled social engagements, turned off your phone more often than not, and...

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What it’s like to be an enologist

What it’s like to be an enologist

If you’re fascinated by the natural world, you enjoy research, and you love using the tools of science to solve problems, the wine world has more to offer you than late-night grad school study fuel. Enology, the cellar counterpart to viticulture, is the science of winemaking, and the field provides vital research to winemakers in every region of the world.

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