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Saturday Webinar: The Insider's Guide to the CSS Exam

On Saturday, December 2--at 10:00 am central time--we are pleased to offer one of our most popular webinars: A Spirited Discussion: The Insiders Guide to the CSS Exam. This is one for the spirits crowd!! If you are interested in pursuing the Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) Certification--or just a Continue reading → ...

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The Orange Wine of the Tarragona DO

The Tarragona DO--registered in 1947--is a diverse, discontiguous wine region located in Catalonia. The eastern section of the appellation stretches along Spains Mediterranean Coast, while a smaller outpost is located further inland. The area includes the coastal plain just south of Peneds, the foothills of the Serra de Montalt, and Continue reading → ...

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Dispatch from the Ctes du Roussillon AOC

The Ctes du Roussillon AOC covers certain dry wines--red, white, and rosé--produced in the Roussillon region located in the south of France. The appellation--located on the eastern side of the Pyrénées-Orientales department--enjoys a warm, Mediterranean climate and is described as a vast, east-facing amphitheater surrounded on three sides by mountains Continue reading → ...

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Guest Post: Georgia--Indigenous and Ancient

Today we have a guest post from Evan Davis, CS, WSET 3, CSW. Evan tells us a bit about what he learned during a recent trip through the winelands of Georgia. While many countries and emerging regions of the world have made their bones attempting to grow familiar French grape Continue reading → ...

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France has a New AOC--Sable de Camargue!

As of October 10 (2023), France has one more wine approved at the protected designation of origin (PDO)--also referred to as (Appellation d’Origine Contrlée/AOC) level: The Sable de Camargue. This region has a long history of producing unique gris– (light rosé-) style wines and was previously approved as a Vin Continue reading → ...

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Meet the Board: Trudy Thomas, CSE

Trudy Thomas, CSE is a newly elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Wine Educators (SWE). Trudy is a nationally known beverage professional, hospitality leader, wine director, spirits educator and mixologist. A Kentucky native, she grew up in an area rich in the tradition of moonshine Continue reading → ...

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Meet the Board: Rick Lopus, CWE

Rick Lopus, CWE is a newly elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Wine Educators (SWE). Today, he tells us about his journey to SWE in his own words: After several years in the restaurant business--as a server, bartender, GM and Chef--I stumbled into a job Continue reading → ...

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