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...
MS vs MW, or “From Somm to Dip”

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...
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...
Welcome Tracy!

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...
Harvest 2017

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...