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Wine & Beverage Certificate Program
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Learning from top wine authorities...evaluating varietals in the specialized tasting theaters of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies...immersing yourself in the food and wine culture of the Napa Valley. Come experience it all at the CIA at Greystone.
If learning about premium winemaking in extraordinary facilities sounds like the career- and life-enriching experience you've been looking for, consider the Napa Valley Intensive.
Karen MacNeil, the creator and instructor of this course for industry professionals, is chair of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the CIA at Greystone and author of The Wine Bible. Here, Ms. MacNeil shares her thoughts about the Napa Valley Intensive and the Napa wine region.
The first time I realized how severely our guests were cutting back on wine purchases when dining was in early 2009. After a not-so-busy rainy Tuesday at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, when we’d served about 100 guests, I noticed that there had been only one bottle of wine sold. All other consumption was by the glass. This fact, combined with the doubling of sales calls from distributors and wineries eager or desperate to sell whatever they could, started me thinking. I quickly began to find ways to deliver high-quality wines at price points that wouldn’t leave the guests anxious about ordering a full bottle of wine. The result was a list of 30 wines that we sold for $30 each. Many of these had previously appeared on our wine list for $45, $50, or more. We immediately saw results! We all know that the image of a restaurant with patrons enjoying the open bottles of wine on their table sends a message that you are at a wine destination. Here are some of the ways that I manage to foster and sustain that feeling despite today's economic challenges.
This popular event, which supports The Wine Advocate Endowed Scholarship Fund, gives participants the opportunity to taste and explore extraordinary vintages with the benefit of Mr. Parker's unique insights and expertise.