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Wine

Napa Valley Wine Academy, from near and afar, you too, can learn more about wine

The Napa Valley Wine Academy wants you to immerse yourself in the exciting world of food and wine in the heart of wine country. While their courses are taught at some of Napa Valley’s best wineries, they’re also located in Tampa, Florida, and you can take courses online.

After having immersed my own self in the last 22 years, I understand the excitement that goes along with the wine business; and, as my daughter Melanie just pointed out to me, this business is also loaded with drama. I hadn’t thought about the drama part, but I certainly got it, as soon as she mentioned it.  I’ve been writing stories ever since I got here, and “not writing the worst of them,” said she, shaking her head. (Juicy Tales unplugged would get me into deep trouble… perhaps a novel would be in the offing, though.)

More information from the Napa Valley Wine Academy if you’re not familiar and you’re interested in your dramatic moments.

CSW – Certified Specialist of Wine Program: Our intensive test prep program is intended to give CSW Candidates the advantage of personalized instruction and a comprehensive understanding of the exam material. Our students gain a solid understanding of the world of wine that will help them progress in their drinks career, as well as become part of a network of wine professionals.

Upcoming Napa Valley Courses

  • November 5-8, 2014
  • February 18-21, 2015

Level 1: WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Award in Wine – Intro to Wine is a  great way to jump start your career in wine. This class provides a basic introduction to the main styles of wines available today.  Level 1 is ideal for those who want to learn more for either personal knowledge, or to boost wine confidence.

Upcoming Napa Valley Courses

  • Saturday, October 11th, 2014
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • Saturday, December 13th, 2014
  • Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Upcoming Tampa, Florida Courses

  • Sunday, October 19th, 2014
  • Sunday, November 9th, 2014
  • Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Level 2: WSET Award in Wine & Spirits – Intermediate. This course covers the key grape varieties grown and the different styles of wine produced around the world as well as the production of spirits and liqueurs.  During class, students will be taken through a guided tasting of wines and taught the WSET®  systematic approach to tasting wine.

Upcoming Napa Valley Courses

  • October 22-24, 2014
  • November 22-23 & 29, 2014
  • January 17-18, 2015

Upcoming Tampa, Florida Courses

  • October 25-26th, 2014
  • November 15-16th, 2014
  • December 13-14th, 2014

Level 3: WSET Award in Wine & Spirits –  Advanced. This course provides a more in-depth and comprehensive look at the world of wines and spirits with an intense focus on systematically and professionally tasting wines. It covers the major grapes and wine styles produced around the world, including what influences the style and quality of these wines and the prices procured for them. A guided tasting of 60+ different wines –still, sparkling, and fortified- in class over the course of 4-5 days.

Upcoming Napa Valley Courses

  • October 18-19 & 25-26, 2014
  • December 6-7 & 13-14, 2014
  • January 21-24, 2015

 

 

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