Three Amazing Days for California Wine

The Inaugural California Wine Appellation Specialist® 3-Day in Santa Rosa

Three Amazing Days

Master Sommelier David Glancy Pours a taste of 2008 Schramsberg “Querencia”Napa Valley Brut Rosé to kick off the flights from Napa’s AVAs.

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Which California AVA is the star in Mendocino for Pinot Noir and sparkling wine? Which Napa AVA has the highest daytime temperatures and why? What are two unique features of Fair Play AVA? Which AVAs are known for Zinfandel? What are the primary grapes of Carmel Valley? Why is Enda Valley’s climate different from Paso Robles?

These are a small sampling of the hundreds of learning objectives covered in the California Wine Appellation Specialist® program. In three amazing days, after going through details of every California AVA and tasting and analyzing 65 wines, students were well on their way to becoming the most educated wine professionals when it comes to California appellations, grape varietals, geography, and climate.

24 total hours of instruction and tasting guidance was from 3 Master Sommeliers: Brian Cronin, Catherine Fallis and David Glancy, plus the president of NorCal Wine, Fred Swan. Special guests Nick Frey, the former president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, and Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Professor at Wine Business Institute, Sonoma State University, were also in attendance to lend support and learn more about the program. Nick at one point actually came up to the head of the class and helped students understand the nuances of Sonoma’s AVA boundaries. Thanks for your help, Nick!Three Amazing Days 3

Representatives from Jackson Family Wines, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Napa Valley Vintners, Boisset Family Estates, Puccini Group, and Conn Creek Winery were in attendance, as well as many other industry folks from all sides of the biz, including import/export, restaurant management, wine retail and production, and even wine blogging.

Three Amazing Days 4 While not a formal blind tasting, the school hid the labels during the program to enhance learning and analysis of the wines. This helped students pinpoint effects of climate on grape varietals, as well as strengthen their blind tasting abilities using deductive reasoning.

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A few lucky students opted to head to Stark’s after the second day of class for an intimate tasting dinner with Master Sommelier David Glancy and the staff of the San Francisco Wine School. David hand selected the four wines to compliment the learning objectives and assisted dinner attendees with dessert wine pairings.

The next CWAS® 3-Day credential program will be held in San Francisco on April 26-28. Sign up to get an email alert when enrollment is open–spaces will fill up quickly.

Three Amazing Days 6What are your favorite ways to stay on top of the changing AVA landscape in California? What are your favorite new California wine producers? Which AVAs are up and coming and why?  Where do you think California wine is heading in terms of production and consumption?

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San Francisco Wine School strives to open up the world of wine to serious students and enthusiasts everywhere while helping people of all levels break into the wine industry, advance their career, or simply pursue their passions. Founded by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school in the U.S., offering the most thoughtful approach to wine study. Their inspired educational programs and workshops are taught in their state of the art wine education & events center and their cutting edge virtual classroom by industry-leading instructors from all major educational disciplines. San Francisco Wine School’s curriculum features the best content in the business: expert course materials, carefully conceived wine flights, and in-depth blind tasting exercises designed to engage students, illuminate course content and enhance learning. Their brand new sunlight-filled wine education & events center is conveniently located just 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and boasts 16-ft high coved ceilings, eight 12-ft tall arched windows, and gorgeous 180 degree views of the San Bruno Mountains, South San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect place to enjoy classes, industry seminars and tastings and host a wide variety of private events—from serious educational programs for wine/hospitality industry staff to team-building and other fun, social, private events for wine enthusiasts.

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