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    Bourgogne

    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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    Seasonal Wines for Valentines

    If you are planning a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration and want to impress your partner with the best possible wine for the occasion, overlook everything you think you know about wine pairing. Forget choosing a red to match the steak or a white for the flounder. Lose the Champagne with chocolate (seriously, lose that one) and ditch any dessert ideas. The key to a successful Valentine’s Day is...

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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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    Rising stars of Côte de Beaune with Tim Magnus

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    Burgundy is a wine region that is constantly changing and developing in the pursuit of higher quality.

    The current generation of vignerons are much more open to new ideas than previous generations and are well travelled and taste widely, not just Burgundy wines but benchmark wines from around the world. This combined with increasingly high prices for top appellations has resulted in a lot of fierce ambition amongst the current generation of winemakers, who all strive to make ever finer wines that more clearly express their underlying terroirs.

    Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Côte de Beaune where a wealth of dynamic young vignerons make the region a veritable hotbed of talent!

    Join me for an exciting webinar where we will introduce many of the rising stars and compare who they stand up to the existing benchmark producers.

    Presenter: Timothy Magnus Dip WSET - Weinakademiker

    After growing up in Australia and falling in love with wine from an early age, Timothy Magnus spent several years working in the New South Wales wine region Hunter Valley. In 2007 Tim met a Swiss wine lover and it was truly love at first sight. They married in 2008 and now live near Zürich Switzerland with their 2 young children.

    In 2012 Tim completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma through the Wine Academy Austria, becoming an Associate of the Institute of Wines & Spirits. In 2015 upon completion of his research thesis Tim received the title 'Weinakademiker' as well as winning the inaugural 'Swiss Wine Award' for his research thesis. He is also an Accredited International Bordeaux Wine Educator. Since 2011 Tim has taught wine courses for different companies and schools including Switzerland's largest and most famous.

    Sharing his passion for wine is what Tim lives for, which is the reason for establishing Magnus Vinum.

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    Pinot Noir: France's Great Grape - At Home in California with Karen MacNeil

    A look at the rising star status of Pinot Noir in California including top regions, clones and styles.

    Presenter: Karen MacNeil

    Karen MacNeil is the President of Karen MacNeil and Company and one of the foremost wine experts in the United States. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, recognized as “the most comprehensive and authoritative book on wine written by an American author.”

    Karen’s articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Food and Wine, U.S.A. Today, Elle, Cooking Light, and Town & Country. Karen has also brought her style and love of wine to television—first as the wine correspondent for NBC’s Today Show, and later as the Emmy-award winning host of the PBS television series Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil. In 2006 her companion book, Wine, Food & Friends, was released.
    With her team at Karen MacNeil and Company, Karen creates and consults on one-of-a-kind wine experiences, seminars, and education marketing programs for corporate clients, wine related businesses and individuals. Some recent past clients include: Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, UBS, Boisset Family Estates, Sunset Magazine, Singapore Airlines, and Mattel (who, in recognition, designed a wine-glass-holding Barbie look-alike after Karen!)

    An educator at heart, Karen is the creator and Chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. The multi-million dollar center with its advanced wine curriculum and state-of-the art wine sensory classrooms has been called the “Harvard of Wine Education.”

    In a full page profile in 2004, TIME magazine named Karen “America’s Missionary of the Vine.” She holds an Advanced Certified Wine Professional Degree.

    Learn more about Pinot Noir grown in France with the French Wine Scholar study and certification program. Or dive deep into Burgundy with our Bourgogne Master-Level program.

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    A Tale of Two Crus: Barolo and Burgundy with Christy Canterbury, MW

    Barolo and Burgundy share many similarities. Their highest quality red grapes - Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir - are thin-skinned, late ripening grapes that prefer mid-level altitudes. They produce wines pale in color yet high in perfume and acidity. These two regions also focus on terroir and talk with great reverence about their crus.

    They also like to dispute their crus. Barolo's Bussia is Burgundy's Clos Vougeot; most argue that both are too large. Monprivato, like Clos de Tart, is a monopole. Others feel that declassifying makes the most sense - Lalou Bize Leroy is notorious for declassifying her top wines into lower cuvées and Maria Theresa Mascarello exclusively blends crus to show a representation of Barolo rather than a specific terroir. It's surprising to see just how many parallels these two distinguished regions possess.

    About Christy Canterbury MW

    Christy Canterbury MW is a Manhattan-based journalist, speaker and judge. Short-listed for the 2014 Louis Roederer Online Wine Communicator of the Year Award, she writes for Decanter, TimAtkin.com, Wine Enthusiast Online, Snooth and Beverage Media (among others.)

    She has contributed to three books, including the GOURMAND AWARD-winning Rock and Vine. A shopping fanatic, Christy previously bought wine, beer and booze across the US for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group and around the globe for Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

    Master the wines of Barolo with the Italian Wine Scholar study and certification program.

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    Land of the Lost: Burgundy's La Cote Chalonnaise with Don Kinnan, CWE

    Land of the Lost: Burgundy's La Cote Chalonnaise

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    It has been called Burgundy’s “lost” region; others have referred to it as Burgundy’s “forgotten” area. But, how can this be when it appears to be the southern extension of the acclaimed Cote d’Or?  This session will investigate the reasons for the muddled reputation of Chalonnaise wines.  Don will also unveil the progressive steps being taken to move the wines of the Chalonnaise to their proper, elevated position within the hierarchy of Burgundy wines.

    Presenter: Don Kinnan, CWE, Lead Instructor for the Bourgogne Master-level Program

    Don KinnanFor 30 years, Don Kinnan has been active in the fine wine trade, both on a business and personal level.  Since his initial visit to Burgundy in 1973, he has returned numerous times exploring the intricacies of the region and its wines.

    Kinnan joined Kobrand Corporation, a family-owned wine importer and owner of Maison Louis Jadot, in 1985, covering the Washington, DC, Virginia and West Virginia areas.  In 1992, he was promoted to Director of Education and was responsible for Educational Services nationwide.  For the next 20 years, he conducted over 60 seminars, annually, for distributor sales forces, trade groups, and consumers.

    Kinnan’s passion for wine is evidenced by his involvement in numerous professional organizations.  He has been cited by the U. S. Government for his role as founder of the Society for American Wines in Canada.  He founded and acted as President of the Decanter Club in Washington, DC, and frequently presents to groups such as the Society of Wine Educators, where he holds that organization’s highest credential, CWE (Certified Wine Educator).  He is also a member of the society’s executive committee and board of directors.  In 2012, Kinnan will be the lead instructor in the Wine Scholar Guild’s new Master Burgundy Certificate program.

    Kinnan received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his masters from Johns Hopkins.  He had a long and distinguished military career in the US Army, from which he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  While in the Army, Kinnan graduated from the Defense Department’s Language Institute for French, the Command and General Staff College, and served as an instructor and, subsequently, as chief of the South East Asian Studies Section at the US Army Intelligence School.

    Delve into Bourgogne with the insight of Bourgogne experts and masterful instructors..sign up for the Bourgogne Master-Level program and Bourgogne Study Wine Tour

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