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    The 2018 Vintage in France, by Andrew Jefford

    Andrew Jefford, award-winning author and columnist in every issue of Decanter and World of Fine Wine, Co-Chair Decanter World Wine Awards; Vice-Chair Decanter Asia Wine Awards as well as Wine Scholar Guild Academic Advisor, gives us his insight about the 2018 vintage in France.

    As October 2018 got underway, wine-growing France let out an audible collective sigh of relief. After shortages due to repeated hail and frost traumas in recent years, 2018 marked a gratifying return to generosity for French wine growers.

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    What's new with Italian wine DOCs and DOCGs

    Learning Italian wine inside and out can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be confounding. The wrinkles in Italian wine law are numerous, and staying on top of the latest modifications to DOC and DOCG regulations can feel as time consuming as the slow train from Naples to Sorrento.

    Fortunately, we have Maurizio Broggi on our side. As Education Director for the Italian Wine Scholar™ program, he stays in close contact with Italy’s innumerable consorzi to learn about trends in the vineyards and wineries, as well as changes to their regulations — all so he can keep our education materials up-to-date.

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    Wine meets food: Pairing the plate

    The best thing about studying wine is the moments that call into question every “truth” you think you know. These are the tiny lightbulbs that impel questions to be asked, that engender reflection and that ultimately serve as the springboard to a deeper understanding of wine. It is often the interaction of wine and food that delivers these teachable moments for me—when I am relaxed, not hurried, and free to ponder at will. This series of blog posts shares my memorable discoveries about what happens when wine meets food. 

    My husband and I rejected our usually healthy diets the other night to mark a happy occasion. Steak and pan-fried potatoes drizzled in warm butter were on the menu. As I was sipping…

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    10 fabulous facts about Loire Valley wines

    The Loire Valley is one of France’s most dynamic wine regions. For every famous, household-name wine (such as Sancerre), there is at least two lesser known wines just waiting to be discovered!

    The Loire has it all: dry and sweet, still and sparkling, white and red. It has so much to offer… Did you know that:

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    Wine meets food: The spice cabinet toolbox

    The best thing about studying wine is the moments that call into question every “truth” you think you know. These are the tiny lightbulbs that impel questions to be asked, that engender reflection and that ultimately serve as the springboard to a deeper understanding of wine. It is often the interaction of wine and food that delivers these teachable moments for me—when I am relaxed, not hurried, and free to ponder at will. This series of blog posts shares my memorable discoveries about what happens when wine meets food. 

    When my day is finished, my evening ritual is to make a cup of tea. I recently ran out of my favorite pre-made loose-leaf tea blend, and decided I’d stock up on the ingredients and put it together myself. Lavender is one of the components and I quickly realized the joy of unscrewing the jar lid to a burst of its lovely perfume…

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    INTERVIEW: Rebecca Christophersen from Italian Wine Institute (Florence, Italy)

    Meet Rebecca Christophersen, founder of the Italian Wine Institute in Florence, first wine school to offer the Italian Wine Scholar™ program in Italy!

    Their first IWS session is scheduled to begin March 3rd 2020 (Unit 1), more information and registration HERE.

    Could you give us a bit of background on your personal and/or professional history in wine and what made you decide to move into wine education?

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    Discover our newest study & certification program

    After nearly two years of hard work, we are thrilled to present the Wine Scholar Guild’s latest certification course…

    The Spanish Wine Scholar™ (SWS) Program!

    The program officially launches in October of 2019, but it is already garnering significant attention around the globe.

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    INTERVIEW: Jeni Wilson from Vintage Class (Aranda de Duero, Spain)

    Meet Jeni Wilson, founder of Vintage Class in Aranda de Duero, first wine school to launch the French Wine Scholar™ in Spain!

    Their first FWS is scheduled to begin January 22th 2020, more information and registration HERE.

    Vintage Class will also offer the Spanish Wine Scholar™ in 2020!

    Could you give us a bit of background on your personal and/or professional history in wine and what made you decide to move into wine education?

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    Wine meets food: Tomatoes and Sauvignon Blanc

    The best thing about studying wine is the moments that call into question every “truth” you think you know. These are the tiny lightbulbs that impel questions to be asked, that engender reflection and that ultimately serve as the springboard to a deeper understanding of wine. It is often the interaction of wine and food that delivers these teachable moments for me—when I am relaxed, not hurried, and free to ponder at will. This series of blog posts shares my memorable discoveries about what happens when wine meets food. 

    In my house, tomato sauce is a year-round staple...

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    Best restaurants for your Bourgogne wine tour

    Burgundy is a very dynamic region in a constant state of flux. On one hand it’s a region deeply rooted in tradition. Just take a look at the Fête de la Saint-Vincent tournante – a festival celebrating the patron saint of winemakers – and you clearly see that this is a region with one foot in the past. On the other hand...

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    The Wines of Irpinia - Contemporary Excellence from an Ancient Territory

    I returned to Campania recently for the first time in three years and as with most Italian regions, discovered that not much had changed, at least as far as appearances are concerned. I did meet a few producers I hadn’t visited before, with one of them – Petilia – being a great new discovery for me. More on that below, but overall what impressed me most was the consistency of the wines, white and red.

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