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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...

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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 1/20/2018 3...

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MS vs MW, or “From Somm to Dip”

How do you choose the right wine education pathway? I’m not sure that there is a “typical” entry into the wine business, but my experience was at least somewhat haphazard. When I graduated from college, my intent was to go on to medical school. But I had a passion for...

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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 the...

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Welcome Tracy!

The nascent Virginia Wine Academy is growing fast with the addition of Tracy Waldron, our first Richmond-based faculty member. Our relationship with Tracy was forged at the Capital Wine School when she and Chris and I studied for the WSET Diploma (an excellent way to...

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Harvest 2017

Harvest is the best of times and the worst of times, both in the winery and in the vineyard. I am sure you can imagine the emotional load is huge. This is the moment of fruition, when after nine months of carefully tending the vines we come to the natural conclusion...

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a medium-skinned grape variety of the genus vitis vinifera. It is not clear where the grape vine originated but there is some evidence it came from the Basque region of France. The grape is considered one of the “International” varieties having...

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (CDP) vary from full-bodied reds to rich and mouth filling whites and even some light–hearted Rosés. The CDP AOC is the largest single AOC in the southern Rhone valley in France. Bordered to the North by the northern Rhone Valley (CDP...

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