Napa Valley Wine Academy offers new Italian intensive certification

Napa Valley Wine Academy offers new Italian intensive certification

The Napa Valley Wine Academy is offering a new training and certification program, the Italian Wine Professional. The four-day intensive certification program launches April 23-26 in Napa.

The Italian Wine Professional (IWP) program four-day intensive course is preceded by an online study program students have access to immediately upon registration.

Offered by Italian Wine Central, a leading English-language source of up-to-date, accurate and easily navigable Italian wine information, the course is geared toward those who work in retail, restaurant, import and distribution roles, but is also ideal good wine writers, educators and connoisseurs who wish to expand their knowledge of Italian wine.

Organized by wine style, the program offers a fresh take on Italian wine education, combining an online learning component with the four-day in-person educational sessions and tastings.

A student presentation project and final exam cap off the requirements for the program. Students who pass all components successfully are designated as Italian wine professionals. The program costs $1,250.

Topics covered include:

— Italy’s major grape varieties and their main growing regions

— Italy’s most important denominations that are widely available in the U.S., plus up and coming denominations and varieties

— Strategies for presenting and selling Italian wines to restaurant and retail establishments

— Ideas on Italian wine and food pairing

— Italian wine labeling conventions and how they fit into European Union law

— Approaches for creating compelling wine lists that showcase Italian wine

Italy continually ranks as a top source for imported wines in the U.S., yet with more than 400 denominations and even more grape varieties, Italy also merits the top spot on wine professionals’ lists of countries that challenge them most.

The Italian Wine Professional from Italian Wine Central helps participants grow more comfortable with the complex world of Italian wine, and instills the confidence needed to discuss, sell and buy Italian wine.

Catherine Bugue, co-owner of Napa Valley Wine Academy, said, “This course goes beyond the usual class of wine regions and grapes; students will also learn how to pronounce and present them, all through interactive sessions that work for all types of learners. Don’t attempt to sell or talk about Italian wines without it.”

“This is a chance to close the gaps and fill in that chasm of Italian wine knowledge,” adds Chris Oggenfuss, co-owner of Napa Valley Wine Academy.

The academy takes place at 2501 Oak St., Thursday, April 23, 8:00 a.m. – Sunday, April 26, 5:00 p.m; online access available immediately up on registration,

The final exam is Sunday, April 26.

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