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Chicago Gourmet Top 10 Takeaways

Top 10 Takeaways from the Wine Experts at Chicago Gourmet 2019

Kristy Wenz

The interest in wine knowledge and wine education is on the rise. In fact, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), now in its 50th year, has seen year-over-year increases in candidates every academic school year in the past nine-year period, with a near 200% increase between 2010/2011 academic school year and the 2018/2019 academic school year. Here at the American Wine School, one of the oldest approved WSET programs in the United States, we’ve seen more than 15,000 students pass through our WSET programs since offerings began in 2005.

Who are all these wine students? Many of them are wine industry professionals looking to expand their knowledge base and credibility, or to advance in their wine careers; however, there’s also a significant number of consumers, particularly in WSET Levels 1 and 2, simply interested in wine basics – various styles and where they come from, how they pair wine with food, and to better understand why they like a particular style of wine. Regardless of the end goal, it’s almost always about expanding horizons, which is also what the annual wine seminars at Bon Appetit’s Chicago Gourmet are all about.

This year’s Wine Seminars, hosted by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the American Wine School, featured an illustrious group of wine professionals and educators sharing their tips and tricks with consumers and trade professionals alike. Here are some of our favorite takeaways from this year’s event:

  1. Wine, like performing arts, is a creative art. It’s a treat for the senses and meant to be seen, touched, smelled and tasted. And it’s also very personal.
  2. Ira Norof, CWE and Allison Hupp, DipWSET, CSW

Session: Hollywood & Wine, A Story in Every Glass

Session: Tasting with a Master Sommelier

Session: L’Art de Vivre

Session: California, The King of Cabernet

Session: Wine Chat: Talk Like a Pro

Session: Pop the Cork on Sunday Funday!

Session: Robert Mondavi, A Winemaking Masterpiece

Session: Rosé, A Harmonious Affair

Ethnic Cuisines & the Wines They Love

  1. And then sometimes, there’s just a time and moment to just feel the wine. Just as in music, it is with wine. Just enjoy it.
  2. Serafin Alvarado, MS

This week’s AWS blog was written and submitted by Kristy Wenz. Kristy is a wine writer and a WSET Diploma candidate.

Categories: Wine Blog

About Marianne Frantz

A Certified Wine Educator, Marianne holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) of London, and has also earned the Advanced Sommelier qualification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. After successfully participating in an educational competition sponsored by the Wines of Australia in the spring of 2008, Marianne became an educational Ambassador for Wine Australia USA. She is also a Certified Spanish Wine Educator.