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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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    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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    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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    PODCAST: Pascaline Lepeltier MS on the Loire, MOF, Pet-Nats & so much more!

    Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier is the first and only woman awarded both the Meilleur Ouvrier de France in the sommelier category, and the best sommelier in France. In this episode of the Wine Scholar Guild podcast she talks about the honor of winning MOF competition, Pét-Nats, wine making, blind tasting, the Loire, and much more. She also gives us a preview of the new Loire Master-Level course launching in Fall 2019.

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    INTERVIEW: Gina Marano from Wine Academy of Las Vegas

    Meet Gina Marano, founder of Wine Academy of Las Vegas, our new program provider in Las Vegas! 

    Their first French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar sessions are scheduled to begin in September, 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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    INTERVIEW: Christophe Mercier from Wine & Spirit IQ (Bangkok, Thailand)

    Meet Christophe Mercier, founder of Wine & Spirit IQ in Bangkok, first wine school to launch the French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar programs in Thailand!

    Their first FWS and IWS sessions are scheduled to begin September 3 (FWS), August 17 (IWS Unit 1) and January 4 (IWS Unit 2), 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 create your own wine school: Wine & Spirit IQ?

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    FREE: Webinar recording with Steven Spurrier and Andrew Jefford

    Consultant editor for Decanter and mastermind behind the Judgement of Paris, Steven speaks with Andrew Jefford and WSG members to wine writing, both past and present, and unveils his new “Académie du Vin Library” initiative—a publishing entity that updates and revives the out-of-print classics as well as new and specially commissioned titles by some of the finest contemporary wine writers for your reading pleasure!

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