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Meet the Board: Gary Pickard, CSE

Gary Pickard, CSE is a newly elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Wine Educators (SWE). Gary started his wine and spirits journey in a place where most do not--the library. Fascinated by the behind-the-scenes aspects of the industry, he earned his Certified Specialist of Spirits Continue reading → ...

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Guest Blogger--Move Over Beer: Wine Comes to Ballparks

Today we have a post written by guest blogger Matilda Parente, MD, CSW. Matilda is a good friend of SWE and has been one of most popular conference presenters in years past. Today, she tells us a story of wine and baseballwhats not to love The end of the 2023 Continue reading → ...

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Austria: Here Come the Crus!

As announced via the website of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, the vineyards of Austria will be eligible for classification as of 2025. As such, the finest vineyards of the land may soon bear the title of Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) or Erste Lage (Premier Cru). The legal basis for Continue reading → ...

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Conference Agenda: SWE's 2023 Wine Mini-Conference

It’s here! SWE is pleased to announce the agenda for our 2023 Wine Mini-Conference--an online event scheduled for Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21 (2023). We have two full days of conference programming for you consisting of live, interactive webinars created by our highest-rated and most accomplished conference presenters.These Continue reading → ...

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Bordeaux: Here Come the Hybrids!

August 25, 2023: The hybrids have officially arrived! As per an announcement via France’s Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO), a few select disease-resistant hybrid grape varieties will be allowed for use (as accessory varieties) in the wines of the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOCs. The four Continue reading → ...

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(News flash) Entre-deux-Mers AOC Sees Red!

Tucked in between Bordeauxs two famous rivers--the Dordogne and the Garonne--Entre-deux-Mers has been a white-wine-only appellation since its inception in 1937. However, as of August 25 (2023), theres been a (big) change, and Entre-deux-Mers is now approved for the production of red wines. Grape varieties approved for use in the Continue reading → ...

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Welcome to the World, Winters Highlands AVA!

On August 28 (2023), the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) of the United States announced the approval of the Winters Highlands American Viticultural Area (AVA). The new AVA is located in portions of Californias Solano and Yolo Counties. The Winters Highlands AVA is inland from the North Continue reading → ...

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