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    Wine 101 (3)

    Wine & War with Don & Petie Kladstrup

    Presentation Summary:

    In their book, Wine & War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure, husband-and-wife journalists, Don and Petie Kladstrup, recount the dangerous and daring exploits of those who fought to keep France's greatest treasure – aka wine – out of the hands of the Nazis.

    The two authors will join us live to share the stories of these heroic men and women who fought to preserve their vinous heritage as well as answer questions about the book and their craft.

     

    Presenters: Don and Petie Kladstrup   

    Don and Petie Kladstrup are former journalists who have written extensively about wine and France for numerous publications.

    Don, a winner of three Emmys and numerous other awards, was a foreign correspondent for ABC and CBS television news.

    Petie, an Overseas Press Club winner, was a newspaper journalist and more recently protocol officer for the U.S. ambassador to UNESCO. The Kladstrups divide their time between Paris and Normandy.

    Learn more about French wines with the French Wine Scholar study & certification program.

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    Viti 101: An Introduction to Viticulture

    Viti 101: An Introduction to Viticulture

    Wine is a product of grapes, but it is just as much a product of the environment in which those grapes are grown. In this webinar, we will explore the important factors that ultimately influence what ends up in your glass, inclusive of climate, soil, vine propagation, planting decisions, farming practices and harvest considerations.

    PLEASE NOTE: While this webinar is open to all Society members in good standing, it is especially geared for novice enthusiasts and newcomers to the wine industry and is highly recommended for Study Immersion Trip Participants.

     

     

     

    About Tracy Ellen Kamens, Ed.D., DWS, CWE

    Tracy Ellen Kamens is a wine educator, writer and consultant who currently serves at Membership Director for the Wine Scholar Guild. In addition to her role as an ambassador for the Napa Valley Vintners and the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois, she is on the Curation Team for Wine Ring.

    Tracy has taught at the International Wine Center, New York University, Cornell University and Baruch College and has also worked with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Consorzio Chianti Classico, Balzac Communications, Consorzio Prosecco Superiore and Sopexa. Dr. Kamens previously spent time at Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits in their public relations department.

    Tracy earned her doctorate in higher education and also holds the WSET Diploma of Wine & Spirits and the Society of Wine Educators’ Certified Wine Educator certification.

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    Beyond Food & Wine Pairing 101: Take Your Tastebuds to the Next Level with Thierry Meyer

    Beyond Food & Wine Pairing 101: Take Your Tastebuds to the Next Level!

    Traditional food and wine pairing recommendations focus on basic wine dimensions such as aromas, acidity, tannins or sweetness.
    This is sufficient to create a list of standard grape variety wines to match all kind of dishes, including pasta and pizza. Yet, heavenly food and wine pairing  -- the one plus one = three -- goes well beyond this simple approach.
     

    To achieve the perfect match and create memorable associations also requires the consideration of a wine's power; complexity of its aromas and taste; saltiness; and its overall structure. Moreover, the food needs to be decomposed into its main ingredients and cooking method, as well as accompanying side dishes or sauces. 

    In this webinar, you will discover a method to select the perfect wine, or adjust your dish ingredients to be a perfect companion to your selected wine. Thierry will illustrate his approach with the selection of a wine to pair with a shrimp, avocado and pink grapefruit salad. After this webinar, the art and science of food and wine pairing will become an intellectual challenge that you will be ready to meet.

     


    Presenter: Thierry Meyer, Lead Instructor for the FWS Alsace Master-level Program

    Thierry Meyer was born and raised in Alsace. He began writing about wine in 1999 when he started using the newly emerging wine forums to share tasting notes and insights on the 1000 Alsace+ wines he tastes each year.

    In 2001, Thierry started his signature dinner series dedicated to Alsace wines. These have quickly become an important occasion for wine lovers from all over the world to experience fine Alsace food paired with some of the finest wines in the world.

    In 2006, Thierry founded L’Oenothèque Alsace (www.oenoalsace.com), one of the most comprehensive modern resources dedicated to Alsace wines. At the same time, he started to promote a program of structured Alsace wine master classes and dinners, each dedicated to a specific theme and each aimed at discovering the richness and variety of Alsace wines in all categories. These sessions are open to all wine lovers, from absolute beginners to professionals, and aim to help them discover the wines of Alsace or further develop their knowledge and preferences. L’Oenothèque Alsace also organizes visits to local vineyards in order to discover the unique geological complexity of Alsace. L’Oenothèque Alsace does not sell wine, and is not connected to any wine producer or association and therefore offers completely impartial advice, allowing wine lovers to discover the quality and diversity of Alsace wines.

    From 2007 to 2011, Thierry was contributing editor for Bettane & Desseauve, the influential French wine guide. In this, he covered the Alsace region, as well as the Jura, Savoie and Bugey regions. Thierry is a member of the Confrérie Saint Etienne d’Alsace, which gives him numerous occasions to taste Alsace wines which are up to 80 years old.

    In 2012, Thierry joined the Decanter World Wine Awards jury as Regional Chair for Alsace. 

    Study under Alsace expert Thierry Meyer on our Alsace Master-Level Program and Alsace Study Trips.


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    Vini 101: An Introduction to Vinification with Tracy Kamens

    Vini 101: An Introduction to Vinification/Winemaking

    As was discussed in Viti 101, wine is a product of many influences, particularly those that happen in the vineyard. However, grape growing is only half the story.

    In this webinar, we will explore the various practices and procedures that take place once the grapes arrive at the winery such as sorting, crushing, fermentation, must adjustment, winemaking vessels, post-fermentation options and aging.

    PLEASE NOTE: While this webinar is open to all Society members in good standing, it is especially geared for novice enthusiasts and newcomers to the wine industry and is highly recommended for Study Immersion Trip Participants.

    About Tracy Ellen Kamens, Ed.D., DWS, CWE

    Tracy Ellen Kamens is a wine educator, writer and consultant who currently serves at Membership Director for the Wine Scholar Guild. In addition to her role as an ambassador for the Napa Valley Vintners and the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois, she is on the Curation Team for Wine Ring.

    Tracy has taught at the International Wine Center, New York University, Cornell University and Baruch College and has also worked with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Consorzio Chianti Classico, Balzac Communications, Consorzio Prosecco Superiore and Sopexa. Dr. Kamens previously spent time at Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits in their public relations department.

    Tracy earned her doctorate in higher education and also holds the WSET Diploma of Wine & Spirits and the Society of Wine Educators’ Certified Wine Educator certification.

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    Ultimate Intro to Wine with Jessica Bell, DWS, FWS

    To conclude our introductory webinar series, the FWS welcomes Jessica Bell from the My Wine School!

    Jessica has designed a course to help you navigate the world of wine with confidence…and all in less than an hour.  The class begins with an introduction to wine and wine making, then reveals the secrets to tasting and talking about wine like a pro.  Jessica will also unveil the mystery behind pairing wine with food.

    Join us! This wrap-up webinar will give you the fundamental background you need to explore the world of wine on your own from a position of strength.

    Instructor: Jessica Bell DWS, FWS - My Wine School

     Learn more about wines with the Wine Scholar Guild's study & certification program and sign up for our Wine Study Trips.

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    Wine Aroma ABCs with Lisa Airey CWE, FWS

    Webinar Agenda:

    • Learn the core definitions of aroma and bouquet plus the distinctions between primary, secondary and tertiary aromas.
    • Learn the chemistry of smell (in layman’s terms) and the molecular alterations that occur (aromatically) as a wine ages.
    • Find out why some wines “travel” while others do not.
    • Learn why two people, in a blind tasting, will identify the same aromatic molecule with different descriptors.

    This class will give you the information you need to hone your tasting skills and sharpen your sense of smell.

    Instructor: Lisa M. Airey, WSG Education Director

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    A Short History of France in 9 Glasses of Wine with Paul Wagner

    A Short History of France in 9 Glasses of Wine

    While any presentation on wine will focus on regional differences, wine is a product of culture, more than it is of geology.

    Exploring the world of French wine through the lenses of history, culture, and sociology, Paul Wagner traces the role that they have played in creating the Wines of France we know today and provides participants with a creative and entertaining way to teach about French wine.

    Presenter: Paul Wagner

    Paul Wagner formed Balzac Communications & Marketing on April Fools’ Day, and for good reason. He wanted to have fun in the wine business. And while his clients include a broad range of national and international companies and organizations, he’s never lost sight of the fun.

    He’s an instructor for Napa Valley College and the Culinary Institute of America, and is a guest lecturer at universities famous throughout the world—known both for his lectures on wine and wine marketing and his enormous repertoire of bad jokes. But he does know a thing or two about wine and marketing.

    He co-authored a book: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market that won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book of the year for professionals. And it sold out in three years, so they released a second edition in 2011. So there.

    Paull is also hosting a podcast on wine with Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio: BOTTLE TALK WITH RICK & PAUL

    Paul is a founding member of the Academy of Wine Communications, a member of the nominations committee of the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Spadarini della Castellania di Soave in 2005. And in 2009 he was honored with a “Life Dedicated to Wine” award at the Feria Nacional del Vino (FENAVIN) in Spain. While he was still alive. Go figure.

    Learn about the complex and fascinating wine regions of France with the French Wine Scholar study and certification program.

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    The Science Behind Food and Wine Pairing with Lisa Airey, CWE, FWS

    Come explore the  fundamental principles of food and wine pairing  in a webinar that is guaranteed to take you from ingénue to expert in less than 60 minutes!

    Why does Chateau Haut-So-Good taste oh-so-bad with certain dishes? What cosmic combinations transform ordinary meals into religious experiences?

    There ARE rules and most are absolute (despite the “drink-what-you-like-with-whatever-you-like” advocates).  In this webinar, we’ll address the key match-making tenants that make both wine and food show to best advantage. And once we discuss the rules, we’ll learn how to bend them.

    Instructor: Lisa M. Airey, WSG Education Director

    Lisa M. Airey, FWS, CWE has thirteen years of experience selling wine at the wholesale level and in training both sales force and wait staff.

    She sat on the Board of Directors for the Society of Wine Educators from 1998 to 2004 and co-chaired their Corporate Wine Training Committee which authored and edited the first SWE Certified Specialist of Wine Study Guide.

    She currently serves as Director of Education for the Wine Scholar Guild. In this capacity, Lisa is responsible for designing the programs' structure, creating and updating all study materials, teaching materials and exams. She also coordinates instructors on our online study programs as well as oversees all educational aspects of our immersion study trips to France.

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