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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 05:00

Photosynthesis with Lisa Airey, CWE, FWS


The basic principle is that of simple alchemy: the vine turns sunlight into wine. Yet there are a host of variables that impact the production of sugar in the leaf, the translocation of those sugars to the grape and the ripening of the fruit. Several key growing season variables impact sugar production.

Learn how clouds, wind and temperature determine “just how sweet is all is”…in the end.

Presenter: Lisa Airey

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 1998-2004 and co-chaired the committee which launched their Certified Specialist of Wine program and authored and edited the first CSW Study Guide. She served as Education Director of the SWE before assuming the same role for WSG. She oversees all WSG educational programming.

Lisa was knighted by the French government (Order Mérite Agricole) for her contribution to French agriculture, namely the development of the French Wine Scholar Program. She is an Accredited International Bordeaux Tutor through the CIVB, a Certified Burgundy Instructor through the BIVB and a Certified Rhône Educator through Inter-Rhône. Lisa graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Language and Linguistics, Magna Cum Laude.

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

Published in Viticulture


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 shows to the best advantage. And once we discuss the rules, we’ll learn how to bend them.

Presenter: 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.

Published in Wine 101
Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:00

Wine Investment 101 with Charles Curtis MW


This webinar will provide an introduction to collecting and investing in fine wine, including a short history of wine collecting, an overview of the leading categories of fine wine traded on the secondary market with examples of each, and a discussion of the return on investment over time.  Categories to be discussed will include Bordeaux, red and white Burgundy, the wines of California, the Rhone Valley, Italy, Champagne and dessert wines.

Presenter: Charles Curtis MW

Charles Curtis MW is the founder of CurtisMW, a fine wine advisory serving private, trade and institutional clients with an interest in the market for fine and rare wine.

From LVMH, where he had held the post of Director of Wine and Spirit Education for Moet Hennessy USA, Charles became Head of Wine for Christie’s in both Asia and the Americas

In October 2004, Curtis became the 22nd Master of Wine in the United States. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America) and continues to work on their behalf, speaking at their annual Education Seminar and helping to organize events such as the Institute’s Annual Champagne Tasting which he founded.

He writes a regular column for the Chinese version of La Revue du Vin de France and other magazines and has been a contributing editor to trade and consumer works on wine.


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