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    Wine podcasts by Wine Scholar Guild interviewing internationally-renowned wine experts

    Pascaline Lepeltier MS on the Loire, MOF, Pet-Nats & so much more!
    Published on June 19, 2019

    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.

    Steven Spurrier on Académie du Vin Library, English Wine & more
    Published on May 15, 2019

    Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor for Decanter, joined the Wine Scholar Guild for a chat on his new Academie du Vin Library, named for France’s first private wine school that he opened in Paris in 1973. Through this venture he’s reviving classic pieces of wine literature from the past, bring them into the present for future enjoyment. In this interview he offers perspective on the cultural aspect of wine writing and the relationship of writing to not only learning about - but the enjoyment of - wine. The Academie du Vin Library will also be commissioning some new works by contemporary wine writers.

    He also shares some behind-the-scenes information on his Bride Valley Brut from his vines in Dorset. Being that he’s the mastermind behind the historic 1976 blind wine tasting that became known as the Judgement of Paris we had to ask: will there be a Judgement of Dorset?

    Julien Camus on "Wine Scholar Guild: behind the scenes"
    Published on March 25, 2019

    Founder and President of the Wine Scholar Guild, Julien Camus, talks about the roots of the Wine Scholar Guild, running the organization from his home in Alsace. He also gives a peek at some exciting future projects. We don't often get to hear from Julien, so this is a rare opportunity to hear about the evolution of the Wine Scholar Guild and the creativity behind the scenes.

    Produced by Valerie Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS

    Andrew Jefford on "Wine Education, Wine Writing, the Business of Wine, and a Fresh Look at the Loire"
    Published on February 27, 2019

    Award-winning author and columnist for Decanter Magazine and World of Fine Wine Andrew Jefford has joined the Wine Scholar Guild team as Academic Advisor in addition to his existing roles as seminar and immersion trip leader.

    How do all these diverse roles compliment each other? In this episode of the Wine Scholar Guild podcast we are treated Andrew’s very personal perspectives on wine learning, wine writing, and why we must continually adjust the lens through which we view wine as we progress in our studies. This is a philosophical deep-dive into a variety of aspects of the business of wine and the human and technological influences. In addition to getting to know Andrew better, and what he has in common with Wine Scholar Guild students, this somewhat “decanted" episode previews the new Loire Master-Level program on deck for later this year. We sincerely hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

    Ciro Pirone on Italian Sparkling Wine
    Published on January 13, 2019

    Ciro Pirone is the Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Group and will be teaching the next online Italian Wine Scholar course beginning in January. In under 30 minutes Ciro gives us the fascinating history of Italian sparkling wine production, and discusses key points on the spumante wines of Alta Langa. We also learn about the main grapes and styles of Lambrusco, and learn important distinctions between Asti DOCG and Moscato d’Asti DOCG

    Lisa Airey on "Change is on the horizon in the Rhone"
    Published on January 08, 2019

    Wine Scholar Guild's Education Director Lisa Airey speaks to events in the past that have shaped some of the regions.

    At the same time, she brings us up to date with newer developments in the Rhone and their impact on the wines. While some aspects of the region are immutable, such as the limestone soils, there are discernible changes in growing and winemaking that speak to a new era, as well as a return to the ancient, all in the name of holding on to the present and safeguarding the region's future.

    Produced by Valerie Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS

    Andrew Jefford on Burgundy’s “Terroir Dreamland”
    Published on November 14, 2018

    Decanter’s Andrew Jefford talks with us about Burgundy’s “Terroir Dreamland” or the Côte d’Or.

    We talk technical differences between the terms climat and lieu-dit, chat climate change, and ponder the potential impact of escalating property values on the future of the region.

    In addition to Decanter, Andrew writes for World of Fine Wine and Financial Times. He is also an esteemed webinar presenter for the Wine Scholar Guild and an immersion trip leader.

    Produced by Valerie Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS

    Peter Liem on Champagne Terroir - There's More to the Story
    Published on October 24, 2018

    Peter Liem talks with us about the progressive movement in Champagne. As we’ll discover in this conversation, there’s more to the terroir story than the chalk soils and the weather.

    Peter is one of the esteemed guest instructors of the Wine Scholar Guild's Champagne Master-Level program.

    He was the senior correspondent for Wine and Spirits, the Champagne consultant for the vaunted The World Atlas of Wine (7th Edition) by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson; publisher of the award-winning ChampagneGuide.net, and his latest book is the James Beard Award winning Champagne: The essential guide to the wine producers and terroirs of the iconic region. He splits his time between New York and Champagne.

    Produced by Valerie Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS

    Rick Fisher on Sherry and the SWS Program
    Published on October 11, 2018

    In this episode, we are chatting with Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director, about Sherry styles and getting a behind-the-scenes peek at the forthcoming Spanish Wine Scholar Program.

    Maurizio Broggi on Northern Italy
    Published on September 04, 2018

    Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS, is the Education Director for the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) program. During an eight-day summer tour, he led a group of IWS educators through three of Italy’s northern wine producing regions, Trentino, Franciacorta and Lugana.

    Jane Anson & Andrew Jefford on Bordeaux
    Published on March 23, 2018

    Mastering Bordeaux, a primer with Jane Anson and Andrew Jefford of Decanter Magazine.

    In this episode Jane, also a resident of Bordeaux, goes deep into the gravel and guides us through appellations, terroirs, and the En Primeur world. She also has some tips on discovering some gems beyond the Medoc.
    Finally, we're treated to a preview of the Bordeaux Master-Level program launching April 26th. All of this in about half an hour!

    Produced by Valerie Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS

    Jane Hunt, MW & Andrew Jefford on Tuscany
    Published on February 06, 2018

    Master of Wine Jane Hunt is interviewed by Decanter Magazine’s Andrew Jefford about Tuscany and its wines. Jane has a long, distinguished career in various aspects of the wine trade, and will be leading a Wine Scholar Guild immersion tour through some of the legendary Tuscan wine estates.

    “Wine is a liquid food,” she tells us, and it is an essential part of daily Italian life. Jane would know, as she spends half her year living in Italy, and she speaks fluent Italian. She also runs WSET courses in Italy as Director and Lecturer for the Wine Academy Italia.

    In this 35-minutes Italian wine learner’s go-to episode on Tuscany, Jane shares with Andrew her invaluable knowledge of – and passion for – great Italian wines as well as insights on the growers, grapes, and wine styles. Jae also offers an informative primer for the upcoming Tuscany Study Tour (May 27 - June 1, 2018).

    (Produced by Valerie Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS)

    Christophe Tassan & Andrew Jefford on the Rhône
    Published on February 05, 2018

    Christophe Tassan is interviewed by Decanter Magazine’s Andrew Jefford about the Rhône Valley and its wines. “I was born in the dining room, in hospitality,” Christophe tells us, which seems appropriate, as this interview took place in a San Francisco restaurant around the corner from The Battery, where he is currently the wine director.

    Born in Avignon, and having come of age alongside Rhône’s wine’s growing popularity over the last several decades, Christophe has literally mastered his craft. In 2004 he earned the distinction of Meilleur Ouvrier de France – Sommelier (MOF), France’s highest honor for sommeliers.

    This is a 43-minute conversation covering historical and cultural aspects of the Northern and Southern Rhône regions, and the styles. Christophe says, “It’s better to understand the wine when you see where it comes from” as he teases the upcoming Rhône Study Tour (June 17-22, 2018).

    Produced by Valerie Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS

    Andrew Jefford on the Languedoc-Roussillon wines
    Published on January 09, 2018

    Decanter Magazine’s Andrew Jefford describes the diversity of the Languedoc-Roussillon region’s appellations, geography, and wine styles. Andrew is a Montpellier local, a webinar presenter for the guild, and an immersion trip leader. His enthusiasm for the region and its wines is as contagious as his expertise is vast.

    “You have to be a bit crazy” to make great wines in the Languedoc, Andrew tells us. However, brilliant wine making is certainly being done on a level that puts some of these wines in competition with premium priced offerings from more well-known regions. He also provides sage advice on sorting through the vast array of styles and producers for those must-find jewels.

    In less than 25 minutes, this interview provides a delightfully informative primer for the Languedoc-Roussillon wine study tour (October 14-19, 2018), where Andrew will be your trusty guide.

    Pascaline Lepeltier MS's Loire with Andrew Jefford... really good schist!
    Published on July 21, 2017


    Pascaline Lepeltier, MS, discusses the itinerary for the upcoming WSG Study Trip to her native Loire.

    In this podcast interview with Decanter's Andrew Jefford, Pascaline discusses the Loire’s best and brightest…all of which happen to be estate visits on the upcoming five-day journey she'll be leading students on in October.

    Pascaline’s insider perspective coupled with Andrew Jefford’s insightful commentary make a valuable listen for serious wine students or professionals looking to more deeply understand the Loire-past and present.

    The two cover the length of the Loire and all the hot topics in the span of 36 minutes.

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