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Spurrier the aftermath – it was a resounding success Spurrier enjoyed it, we enjoyed it and so did the other 90 people who came. It is a rare event indeed when you can actually, really enjoy the wine and food pairings – Chapeau to Chef Joel Walding and his crew he...

Music and Wine – A Classic Pairing Part 2

This is a follow on from last weeks blog post Music and Wine – A Classic Pairing Part 1 And so we set out to investigate in a purely hedonistic fashion the effect of music on wine perception using a group of everyday people, all of whom had demonstrated their...

Music and Wine – A Classic Pairing Part 1

Tracy and I are both following the Society of Wine Educators’ posts on Facebook and the latest post for the aspirants who quest for the Certified Wine Educator award was an article today about wine and music pairings. A 2010 Pouilly-Fumé “Silex” from...

The Judgement of Paris…and Wine

If you Google “The Judgment of Paris,” the most important and by far the most elaborate entry refers to an event recorded in Greek Mythology.  Then if you Google “The Judgment of Paris and wine,” there is a whole different story in which Steven Spurrier is the main...
Getting Spiritual: The History of Gin

Getting Spiritual: The History of Gin

Our emphasis at The Academy so far has been to focus on the “wine” part of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and given the fact that we have just completed our first Level 1 and 2 wine awards it is time for us to become more “spiritual” and concentrate on the...
Fall/Winter Class Schedule Announced!

Fall/Winter Class Schedule Announced!

Course/Events Calendar November 2017/ June 2018 Location Course/Event Date Charlottesville WSET Spirits Level 1 – at Veritas Winery 11/11/2017 1 day WSET Level 1 2/10/2018 1 day 4/14/2018 1 day 6/9/2018 1 day WSET Level 2 1/6/2018 1 of 3 1/13/2018 2 of 3...
Updated: The Proof is in the Training

Updated: The Proof is in the Training

After my rant yesterday (see below) that incidentally was not posted on Harper’s comments section, I decided to write a PC comment about the article. Here is what I just posted: “This is a very interesting study and a hugely important boost for both the WSET and...