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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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Four things I learned about Pinot Noir

Four things I learned about Pinot Noir

My first wine job was in a winery that specialized in single-vineyard Pinot Noir in an AVA petition written based on its apparent similarity to Burgundy. My most recent job had me working with one of the best Burgundy portfolios books in the country. It’s safe to say that when I moved to Oregon in August, I thought I knew Pinot Noir.

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Lessons learned from working a harvest

Lessons learned from working a harvest

I’ve written before about the value of working a harvest at a winery. From Western New York to Stellenbosch to Central Wisconsin and now the Willamette Valley, I’ve found that harvest offers a wealth of experience and hands-on skill building that can serve wine...

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Student Spotlight: Get to Know Frank Filippini

Student Spotlight: Get to Know Frank Filippini

Frank Filippini is a returning student to Napa Valley Wine Academy from Redwood City, California. He is a Senior Manager for the Americas Search Business Operations at Yahoo where he works to liaise between product, engineering, and sales teams. We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Frank, who has a passion for discovering and discussing wine with those around him. In this installment of our student spotlight, get to know Frank Filippini!

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Quiz: Are You Cut Out to be a Somm?

Quiz: Are You Cut Out to be a Somm?

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How to Plan a Sherry Wine Tasting

How to Plan a Sherry Wine Tasting

Host your own Sherry wine tasting with great friends, delicious food, and spectacular wines! Follow these top tips from ex-El Bulli sommelier Lucas Paya to put on an event with Andalucian style and flair.

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5 Bordeaux Wine Facts Made Clear by Traveling

5 Bordeaux Wine Facts Made Clear by Traveling

French wine has always spoken to my heart and palate, so it is no mystery that I am drawn to the wines of one of the most historically important wine regions in the world, Bordeaux. My most recent travels took me on a wine adventure to a villa in Saint Émilion and exploration of the region. While you can learn most everything from a book, here are five Bordeaux wine facts that became clearer after visiting the region:

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Report from Vinitaly 2017

Report from Vinitaly 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The 51st annual Vinitaly trade fair, the world’s largest wine event (by at least some measures) and an unparalleled showcase for Italian wine, took place (as always) in Verona, Italy, April 9–12. Vinitaly is part spectacle, part...

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Quiz: Are You a Wine Expert?

Quiz: Are You a Wine Expert?

Do you know the most widely grown grape variety in Spain? You might think Tempranillo, but the answer is Airén. Take our wine quiz to test your wine knowledge?

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Podcast Interview with Ian Harris – The Stories Behind Wine

Podcast Interview with Ian Harris – The Stories Behind Wine

In Episode 3 of the Stories Behind Wine, we sit down with Ian Harris the CEO of the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) to talk about the growth of the world’s oldest and largest wine education body and how Ian came to hold his position and grow the reach of the WSET. There is more to his story…

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Podcast Interview with Joel Aiken – The Stories Behind Wine

Podcast Interview with Joel Aiken – The Stories Behind Wine

In Episode 2 of the Stories Behind Wine, we sit down with renowned vintner and winemaker Joel Aiken. Joel shares with us what it was like to be the youngest winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) and what it’s like to have worked with legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff and with Michel Rolland. There is more to his story…

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A Podcast interview with Richard Mendelson

A Podcast interview with Richard Mendelson

In Episode 1 we interview Richard Mendelson about his role in helping establish some Napa Valley’s 16 AVA (American Viticultural Areas) and his book “Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure” Richard shares his personal stories about all of the intrigue, hard won battles, and how he helped craft one of the world’s Premier wine regions.

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5 Must Know Facts About Napa Valley’s History

How did the world first discover and fall in love with the wines of Napa Valley? One could not dispute that the highest impact event was the 1976 Judgment of Paris where California wines bested their French counterparts in both the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay categories. Here are five must know facts about Napa Valley’s history leading up to the 1976 Paris tasting that helped catapult it to one of the world’s premier wine regions.

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Get to Know Dr. Dale Archer

Get to Know Dr. Dale Archer

Dr. Dale Archer is a returning student to Napa Valley Wine Academy from Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a Medical Doctor, board certified Psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author and now add WSET graduate to his accomplishments.

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An Underdog Revisited: 8 Reasons to Have More Vermouth in Your Life

An Underdog Revisited: 8 Reasons to Have More Vermouth in Your Life

Vermouth is as much a potion as a botanical tonic, the ultimate cocktail builder, and also a cocktail in its own right. More often than not, this specialty wine attracts very little attention, and not always niceties. In theory, every proper bar needs vermouth for the most classic mixed drinks: Manhattan, Negroni, Martini, and most recently the Swing State cocktail.

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Napa Harvest Weekend for RARECAT Ambassadors

Napa Harvest Weekend for RARECAT Ambassadors

by Jennifer Curry Sharon Kazan Harris, owner and director of winemaking at RARECAT Wines (a boutique winery producing wines in Napa, Bordeaux and Champagne), has an innovative vision for her Ambassador program: Creating opportunities for wine enthusiasts that fulfill...

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Top Ten Reasons You Need to Taste Tokaj

Top Ten Reasons You Need to Taste Tokaj

Even though a vast majority of my winemaking career has taken place in California, I cannot ever hide the fact that my heart belongs to Hungary. Ten years ago, I had the good fortune to work a harvest with Kiralyudvar Winery and spend a few months tasting wines all around Tokaj. I came away from that experience with an even stronger love and appreciation for this special region in my home country and what it has to offer.

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Ten Truths About Cabernet Franc

Ten Truths About Cabernet Franc

#CabFrancDay is fast approaching on Sunday, December 4th. How can you prepare? All you need to do is purchase a bottle of Cabernet Franc by 8pm EST on its special day, when Lori Budd founder of #CabFrancDay will host the second annual #CabFrancDay Twitter chat. Then pop the cork and join the fun!

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Top 6 Must-Have Wine Reading from Jennifer Lamb

Top 6 Must-Have Wine Reading from Jennifer Lamb

What’s on my bed-side table these days? Dozens of books from travel to intrigue to historical novels and self-help; all with bookmarks in them from chapters read and devoured. But for the wine lover, here are some of my favorite recent finds.

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10 Proven Wine Study Hacks

10 Proven Wine Study Hacks

Whether you are studying for WSET, CSW or a specialized regional wine certification, these 10 study hacks are sure to help! Watch here and never worry about if you are spending your study time wisely. The sheer amount of information and detail regarding wine is enough...

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To Learn About Wine, Focus On Building Your Confidence

To Learn About Wine, Focus On Building Your Confidence

by Alicia Cypress I was recently at a new restaurant with some friends and we were talking to one of the owners about their eclectic wine list. He was telling us story after story about the three wines we were trying to decide between -- details about the producer and...

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Understanding German Wine

Understanding German Wine

"Understanding German Wine" first appeared on TimGaiser.com on November 5, 2014. It is reprinted here with the author's permission. Tim Gaiser plays host to "Mastering Germany" for Napa Valley Wine Academy's "Master Series" LIVE Webinars. Learn more.  by Tim Gaiser,...

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New Zealand – Exhilarating Wines from a Pristine Land

New Zealand – Exhilarating Wines from a Pristine Land

The idyllic country of New Zealand is made up of two little drops in the ocean, two unspoiled islands in the South Pacific.   New Zealand is the most isolated country in the world and the last habitable land mass on earth to be populated. Even today, only five percent...

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An Radical Way to Work in Wine

An Radical Way to Work in Wine

partnership series / by Jennifer Curry  "We are harvesting Grenache and Viognier again this Monday!" exclaims Sharon Kazan Harris of RARECAT Wines, a boutique fine wine producer making wines in Napa, Champagne, and Bordeaux. For many wine professionals and...

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What it’s Like to Work a Wine Country Harvest

What it’s Like to Work a Wine Country Harvest

First off, I think perhaps this should be titled "How to Survive Crush." Second, while working in a winery seems amazingly fun, and eternally romantic for most people, the reality is...it is romantic and fun and totally rocks! (You thought I was going to say it's...

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Terroirist’s Debate: A Resource for MW Candidates

Terroirist’s Debate: A Resource for MW Candidates

Ever heard of "deferred fermentation"? Or met a winemaker who believes native yeast ferments equate to loss of control? Or what impact cold-soaks truly have on wines, especially tannic wines? Well, for any Master of Wine candidates out there, we want to draw your...

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How to Tell You Have Mastered a Wine Region

How to Tell You Have Mastered a Wine Region

Mastering a wine region requires a comprehensive understanding of that region. In simpler terms, it is digesting the why behind the region. For example, it is important to know what the yield restrictions are in the Grand Cru Vineyards of Alsace, but even more...

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50 Wine Facts from 50 United States

50 Wine Facts from 50 United States

by Jonathan Cristaldi  The United States of America are united on one front: all 50 states in the Union are, in some way shape or form, growing grapes and producing wine. For a country as a whole, we may not agree fully on anything, but this, rest assured, is fact and...

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Decoding the Language of Italian Wine Laws From IGT to DOP

Decoding the Language of Italian Wine Laws From IGT to DOP

by Geralyn Brostrom, CWE, IWP, VIA Italian Wine Expert / images courtesy of Geralyn and Jack Brostrom, authors of Into Italian Wine: The Italian Wine Professional Certification Course. EDITOR'S NOTE: Napa Valley Wine Academy is the only school in America offering the...

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Bordeaux’s “En Primeur”

Bordeaux’s “En Primeur”

Image: Château Gruaud Larose in St-Julien. story and photos by Jennifer Curry  A RARECAT WINES PARTNER SERIES POST “This is going to be a very special experience,” Marc Dubedout whispered to me as we approached the white mast sign welcoming merchants, trade...

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8 Study Tips to Help You Pass the CSW Exam

8 Study Tips to Help You Pass the CSW Exam

The Certified Specialist of Wine certification, offered by the Society of Wine Educators, is a self-study, multiple choice exam that is written exclusively from the material presented in their course pack study guide. And because you're being tested on only that...

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The Definitive Guide to Bordeaux

The Definitive Guide to Bordeaux

by Shelley Cartland Bordeaux is perhaps the most recognized wine region in the world and France’s number one producer of premium wines. And while Bordeaux is known all over the world as the veritable epicenter of quality wine production, it is also one of the most...

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Why Clones Matter – And Do They Trump Terroir?

Why Clones Matter – And Do They Trump Terroir?

by Alicia Cypress It’s inevitable. When you start thinking about how a clone influences the style of a wine, it becomes a chicken or the egg kind of thing (is it the clone or the terroir that comes first, or which is more important?). And if you’re not too careful,...

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It’s Fizzy, It’s Delicious, It’s a Pét-Nat

It’s Fizzy, It’s Delicious, It’s a Pét-Nat

In anticipation of Independence Day and the sweet sounds of corks popping and something fizzy and alcoholic filling your glass, I want to encourage you to set aside the Cava, forget the Champagne—Franciacorta? Don’t even go there—and break into the effervescent world...

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10 Essential Resources for the WSET Diploma Student

10 Essential Resources for the WSET Diploma Student

The WSET Diploma requires breadth and depth of wine knowledge. Determining which resources to use can be daunting because there is so much information available. I was successful by using a variety of sources that allowed me to grasp both the big picture and the small...

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10 Tips For Finding Your Sweet Spot in the Wine Industry

10 Tips For Finding Your Sweet Spot in the Wine Industry

by Geralyn Brostrom, co-founder, ItalianWineCentral.com It isn’t always the first question I get asked when I meet someone new, but it usually makes its way into the dialogue at some point. “So how did you get into the wine business?” The answer is really...

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5 Wine Careers to Consider with a Wine Certification

5 Wine Careers to Consider with a Wine Certification

A Napa Valley Wine Academy education--whether you are pursuing a CSW or WSET credential--will help you compete for jobs** in the following five areas: Wine Educator Napa and Sonoma Counties alone are home to approximately 800 wineries. Many of these wineries have...

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New Wines of Greece: 6 Producers to Try

New Wines of Greece: 6 Producers to Try

Earlier this year, New Wines of Greece reached out to us and offered up a smattering of samples from several growing regions. Stephanie Block sipped and reviewed them below based on their merits and gives a general overview of what to know about wines from Greece. -...

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Memorial Day: Skip the Red the White and Go Rosé

Memorial Day: Skip the Red the White and Go Rosé

The thought of imbibing on rosé year-round once raised eyebrows by the wine elite--it was a sure sign of the amateur wine consumer. But, as with most things, the times they have a-changed. It's no longer a faux-pas to crack open a bottle of your favorite Provençal...

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The Accidental Wino #3: Smells Like A Winner

The Accidental Wino #3: Smells Like A Winner

Part I: The Smellening I don’t mean to brag, even though I’m pretty good at bragging, but since writing my previous installment of The Accidental Wino, I’ve hit a wine drinker’s milestone: I recognized a wine’s smell. I know. You’re super impressed. I completely...

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6 Tips: How To Be a Better Wine Writer

6 Tips: How To Be a Better Wine Writer

When I started writing about wine, no one told me how to do it, let alone gave me any advice that I've been churning over in my mind ever since. My first editor knocked me around, though--challenged me to deliver an article that not only met his standards but met my...

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The Definitive Guide to Burgundy

The Definitive Guide to Burgundy

To truly understand fine wine, you must study the classic regions. And at the top of that list is Burgundy (Bourgogne in French). With around 2,000 years of wine history, Burgundy sets the benchmark for the purest expressions of the region's star grapes—Chardonnay and...

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For the Love of a Rose

For the Love of a Rose

This article was originally published on TimGaiser.com on March 13, 2016. It is reprinted here with the author's permission. by Tim Gaiser, MS  August 2007: I’m in Germany for the Grosse Lage tasting in Wiesbaden with a group of writers and other industry people from...

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6 Tips For The Rising Star Sommelier

6 Tips For The Rising Star Sommelier

Image credit: Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News Greg Van Wagner is the Wine Director for two of Aspen, Colorado’s most popular restaurants, Jimmy’s and Jimmy’s Bodega. A “rising star” at just 28 years old, he makes wine recommendations on a nightly basis to locals and...

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Study Tips for Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam

Study Tips for Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam

This article was originally published as "Advice for Students Taking the Certified Sommelier Examination" on TimGaiser.com on February 4, 2014. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. by Tim Gaiser, MS The Certified Sommelier Examination was introduced in...

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10 Tips For Getting Into the Wine Business

10 Tips For Getting Into the Wine Business

Tim Hanni is the first American along with Joel Butler to earn the title of "Master of Wine." He is an accomplished speaker and author, and instructor at Napa Valley Wine Academy. Below are 10 tips from Tim on getting into the wine business, and if those peak your...

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Alder Yarrow Interviews Jancis Robinson

Alder Yarrow Interviews Jancis Robinson

After having met Alder Yarrow at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, knowing he contributes to JancisRobinson.com, I asked if he would interview Jancis about wine education--how it, particularly the WSET, played a part in her career...

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Guide to Wine for Passover

Guide to Wine for Passover

by Stephanie Block Mazel tov, it’s almost Passover! We know that our Jewish readers are elbow-deep in matzo balls and bidding a fond farewell to Wonder Bread for the 8-day unleavened extravaganza, and we know our non-Jewish readers love learning about all sorts of...

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The State of Virginia Wine

The State of Virginia Wine

In celebration of Thomas Jefferson's birthday, which is today, April 13, we asked Alicia Cypress, a fellow of the 2016 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, and digital editor with NPR, to report on the state of the wine industry from Virginia. Cypress attended the...

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Founding Father of Wine – Thomas Jefferson

Founding Father of Wine – Thomas Jefferson

In celebration of Thomas Jefferson's birthday--April 13--we are digging deep into this founding father of wine and third POTUS' grape-growing experiments from his celebrated home in Monticello, Virginia. Consider this a teaser to our American Wine Studies...

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Carneros Wine Alliance Annual Spring Barrel Tasting

Carneros Wine Alliance Annual Spring Barrel Tasting

The Carneros Wine Alliance held their annual Spring Barrel Tasting on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Below are my tasting highlights from the event, and just before that is a brief history of the region, written by Catherine Bugue, Director of Education at the Napa Valley...

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Second Glass Citizen – Born Again

Second Glass Citizen – Born Again

Yeah, it's a pretty good gig. I take pause to reinsert that notion into my brain when wine becomes “work.” And there are many times when the stress of said “work” blots out any palpable enjoyment or job satisfaction. One can easily fall into a trap: grinding away at...

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The Accidental Wino #2

The Accidental Wino #2

Bars owe their popularity to the fact that they give people a reason to leave the house. If you’re just going out for a drink, you’re hiding the fact that you never really had any exciting plans in the first place. Sure, you could go to a bar to meet friends, but the...

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Become a RARECAT Ambassador

Become a RARECAT Ambassador

After researching several wine certification programs and schools, Jennifer Curry chose to further her education with the Napa Valley Wine Academy because she said was impressed by our instructors' credentials and of the "array of certifications and programs...

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5 Sommeliers You Should Be Following on Instagram

5 Sommeliers You Should Be Following on Instagram

Last August we told you about 5 Somms You Should Be Following on Instagram, and now we've got a new list for you. The stakes have been raised--there was a TV show out about somms trying to attain the Master Sommelier credential, and if you haven't seen SOMM: Into the...

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KRUG

KRUG

KRUG. The name alone inspires salivation, doesn't it? To glimpse a bottle --- O...You and I are overcome with jealous rage if one is opened and we are not privy to taste it. Or is that just me? At the Academy, one bottle is bestowed upon the student who receives the...

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2016 Premiere Napa Valley Raises $5 Million

2016 Premiere Napa Valley Raises $5 Million

On the morning of Saturday, February 20th, I awoke to a sight that never fails to take my breath away. From our family home in St. Helena, California we can see clear across the valley to the CIA at the base of the Mayacamas. Some days, the fog line is above us, but...

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Oregon Winemaker Eats Dirt

Oregon Winemaker Eats Dirt

Okay, I'm guilty: that was a sensationalist headline. And it's only half true. But it starts like this: I received an invite to a dinner called "Eat Dirt" from winemaker Nicholas Keeler, Authentique Wines, based in the Eola-Amity AVA of Oregon's Willamette Valley....

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Wines From Italy: Donnafugata and Tenute Rubino

Wines From Italy: Donnafugata and Tenute Rubino

L to R: Nino Santoro, Vineyard Manager and José Rallo, Owner, Donnafugata Winery. With the Italian Wine Professional course from Italian Wine Central slated to take place at our Napa Valley Wine Academy HQ in just two weeks, we wanted to highlight four wines that...

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