Petrichor

Petrichor is a word for wine Geeks - this is a word to use when you are vying with the enologic “know -it-all”. Petrichor noun: The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell; derived from a blend of ”petro” relating to rocks and “ichor” the fluid that mythologically flowed in the veins of the Greek gods. The smell-of- the-smell is believed to be caused by a liquid mixture of organic compounds that collect in the ground.

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Hands (and wine) across the ocean.....

Early February, out of the blue, I received an interesting email. It read,

“I was given your address as someone who might be able to help me. My father, Bryan Adlum, is celebrating his 90th birthday in a couple of months, and as part of the celebrations I would love to be able to present him with a couple of bottles of John Adlum Chardonnay from the Virginia Wineries”. Signed - Jackie Adlum

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Alentejo

As autumn sets in it occurred to me that Patricia and I have taken many exciting and educational trips around the world.  I wanted to share with you one of the very best tours that we have ever experienced (and we have experienced quite a few). A year ago almost to the day, we had the opportunity to take a trip to Portugal with a friend of ours named Richard Hewitt. Let me tell you about Richard.

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NewsAndrew HodsonPortugal
You never know what you are going to learn until you actually do

Chris and I taught a Level 1 WSET award in wine on Saturday – to five lovely people who were there to dispel their imagined fears of the intricacies of wine. We had Jason and Katelyn who were both teachers in Charlottesville, Holly who works at Veritas as one of our pourers in the tasting room – as does Jason by the way, Karli whose husband had bought the course for a Valentine’s present who just wanted to know about wine and Elliot a forth year Law School student at UVA waiting to graduate before moving up to New York

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NewsAndrew Hodson
News Update

Spurrier the aftermath – it was a resounding success Spurrier enjoyed it, we enjoyed it and so did the other 90 people who came. It is a rare event indeed when you can actually, really enjoy the wine and food pairings – Chapeau to Chef Joel Walding and his crew he upped their game to meet the subtleties of the fantastic wine line-up.

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NewsAndrew Hodson
Music and Wine - A Classic Pairing Part 2

This is a follow on from last weeks blog post Music and Wine - A Classic Pairing Part 1 And so we set out to investigate in a purely hedonistic fashion the effect of music on wine perception using a group of everyday people, all of whom had demonstrated their interest in wine and music by purchasing a ticket to The Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival “Violins and Vines” event at Veritas Winery.

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NewsAndrew Hodson
Music and Wine - A Classic Pairing Part 1

Tracy and I are both following the Society of Wine Educators' posts on Facebook and the latest post for the aspirants who quest for the Certified Wine Educator award was an article today about wine and music pairings. A 2010 Pouilly-Fumé "Silex" from the now deceased Didier Dageneau was paired with Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D major, K 285.

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NewsAndrew Hodson
The Judgement of Paris...and Wine

If you Google “The Judgment of Paris,” the most important and by far the most elaborate entry refers to an event recorded in Greek Mythology.  Then if you Google “The Judgment of Paris and wine,” there is a whole different story in which Steven Spurrier is the main protagonist and the subject of this blog.

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NewsAndrew Hodson
Getting Spiritual: The History of Gin

Our emphasis at The Academy so far has been to focus on the “wine” part of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and given the fact that we have just completed our first Level 1 and 2 wine awards it is time for us to become more “spiritual” and concentrate on the “spirits” part of the WSET. We are holding our first Level 1 Spirits course on November 11th at Veritas Winery.

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NewsAndrew Hodson
MS vs MW, or “From Somm to Dip”

How do you choose the right wine education pathway? I’m not sure that there is a “typical” entry into the wine business, but my experience was at least somewhat haphazard. When I graduated from college, my intent was to go on to medical school. But I had a passion for wine that I wanted to take an opportunity to kindle.

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Education, NewsTracy Waldron
Updated: The Proof is in the Training

After my rant yesterday (see below) that incidentally was not posted on Harper’s comments section, I decided to write a PC comment about the article. Here is what I just posted: "This is a very interesting study and a hugely important boost for both the WSET and the premium Spirits industry. Although the study involves only thirty people and is of relatively short duration it provides convincing preliminary data that I am sure will justify more rigorous study not only in Spirits but also in the Premium wine market."

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Education, NewsAndrew Hodson
Welcome Tracy!

The nascent Virginia Wine Academy is growing fast with the addition of Tracy Waldron, our first Richmond-based faculty member. Our relationship with Tracy was forged at the Capital Wine School when she and Chris and I studied for the WSET Diploma (an excellent way to get to know someone).

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Harvest 2017

Harvest is the best of times and the worst of times, both in the winery and in the vineyard. I am sure you can imagine the emotional load is huge. This is the moment of fruition, when after nine months of carefully tending the vines we come to the natural conclusion of a bountiful harvest. 

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Harvest, NewsAndrew Hodson
Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a medium-skinned grape variety of the genus vitis vinifera. It is not clear where the grape vine originated but there is some evidence it came from the Basque region of France. The grape is considered one of the “International” varieties having originated in around France.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (CDP) vary from full-bodied reds to rich and mouth filling whites and even some light–hearted Rosés. The CDP AOC is the largest single AOC in the southern Rhone valley in France. Bordered to the North by the northern Rhone Valley (CDP is equal in size to the total vineyard area in the northern Rhone); to the east is Gigondas and Vacqueryas; to the South is Provence and to the west, the Languedoc.

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