Learn About Wine: WSET

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Learn About Wine: <span class="caps">WSET</span>

  If you have ques­tions or are con­fused about the dif­fer­ent types of wine edu­ca­tion and wine titles, search no fur­ther. In this blog I will explain the Wine and Spirit Edu­ca­tional Trust (WSET) path of edu­ca­tion and hope­fully answer your ques­tions. In a pre­vi­ous blog I dis­cussed the Som­me­lier edu­ca­tion path. Both are valu­able course of study but dif­fer slightly in their focus, deliv­ery, and tast­ing model. The Wine and Spirit Edu­ca­tion Trust was estab­lished in...

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Learn About Wine: Advanced

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Learn About Wine: Advanced

If you are look­ing to advance your wine knowl­edge or are inter­ested in influ­enc­ing or teach­ing oth­ers about wine, there a few direc­tions you can go: • Soci­ety of Wine Edu­ca­tors – Cer­ti­fied Spe­cial­ist of Wine (CSW), Cer­ti­fied Wine Edu­ca­tor (CWE), Cer­ti­fied Spe­cial­ist of Spir­its (CSS), and Hospitality/Beverage Spe­cial­ist Cer­tifi­cate (HBSC) • Insti­tute of Mas­ters of Wine – Mas­ters of Wine (MW) • The Court of Mas­ter Som­me­liers — Mas­ter...

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Washington State Wine Tours: List of Regions

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Washington State Wine Tours: List of Regions

1. Yakima Valley You can find at least 60 dif­fer­ent winer­ies here. The empha­sis is on Syrah and Ries­ling, but with so many winer­ies, you’re bound to find more.   2. Walla Walla Valley This region has seen a fair bit of growth with almost 100 winer­ies here. The big empha­sis is on caber­net sauvi­gnon. You’ll also see Mer­lot, Chardon­nay, and Syrah grapes com­ing from this region.   3. Colum­bia Valley The Colum­bia Val­ley is def­i­nitely Wash­ing­ton State’s wine...

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Washington State Wine Country: The Beginner’s Guide

Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Washington State Wine Country: The Beginner’s Guide

When some peo­ple think about a wine get­away, they imme­di­ately assume they’ll be book­ing a flight across the ocean to some­where in Europe. After all, French or Ital­ian wines are some of the best, right? No argu­ment there. France and Italy makes some won­der­ful wines. But, if you live in West­ern Canada or the West­ern United States, Wash­ing­ton is a fan­tas­tic place to book a wine tour or a wine get­away. It’s close, local, and you’ll speak the language. Wash­ing­ton State...

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Wine Travel 101: Travelling with Wine in your Bags

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wine Travel 101: Travelling with Wine in your Bags

Trav­el­ling and world-class wine almost always go hand-in-hand. Espe­cially if you’ve planned a spe­cial wine tour in a far-away location. But, what about if this happens: You’ve just spent one of the best weeks of your life tour­ing around the Loire Val­ley, sam­pling some of the best wines money can buy. A few bot­tles really spoke to you, so you bought them to take home. Now, you have to take them home. What to do? Do you wrap the bot­tles in a towel, shove them in the mid­dle of your...

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The Bellini Drink: How to Make and All About It

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Bellini Drink: How to Make and All About It

Now that sum­mer is in full force, it’s time to break out the sum­mery drinks. And one of the best sum­mer drinks you can make is the Bellini. Refresh­ing. Cool. “Peachy.” The pri­mary ingre­di­ent in a Bellini is sparkling wine. You can use any sparkling wine you like, but a clas­sic Bellini uses Pros­ecco, an Ital­ian sparkling wine. Here’s your shop­ping list for Bellinis: Sparkling wine (Pros­ecco pre­ferred, but any will do) peach liquor peach nec­tar fresh peaches For an added twist,...

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