Napa Valley Vintners Announce Second Convening of Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy

Legendary American Wines Inspire Unique Professional Educator's Program


4/8/2008 - Napa Valley CA-The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) non-profit trade association announces the second convening of the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy will be held August 18-21, 2008 at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (CIA) in Napa Valley. This exciting educate the educator-style intensive is one of the association's signature programs that provides tools for professionals to effectively teach the topics of winegrowing and winemaking along with the unique attributes of the wine industry in California's renowned Napa Valley.

The curriculum was designed in conjunction with wine expert and writer Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible and host of PBS's "Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil," who is also Director of the Wine Studies at the CIA along with a host of expert winemakers, viticulturists and industry leaders. This program teaches professional wine educators about the agricultural and enological practices of Napa Valley, as well as history and culture of the appellation. Attendance in the program is by application from qualified individual who professionally educate about wine.

Attendees will spend time with these top-notch winemakers and growers in the winery and in the vineyard experiencing first hand, or "down and dirty," the processes of growing and crafting world-class wine. Educational and social wine tastings will be showcased each day and provide these educators with rare chances to meet with, taste with and dine with the leaders in the wine world in intimate venues.

Though one of the most recognized names in the world of wine, Napa Valley produces just 4% of California's wine, while contributing roughly 30% of the state's wine industry revenue. Pat Stotesbery, president of the NVV Board of Directors said, "This is a fantastic program we developed to showcase our unique niche in the world of winegrowing while using our wealth of research in soil science, geology, hydrology and climate mapping, distilling it in ways and providing tools that wine educators can use to better tell the story of Napa's wine industry to trade and consumers who are hungry for wine education."

Attendees are provided a scholarship by the NVV to cover the cost to attend the academy which includes most meals, special room rate lodging is available.

For more details or to apply for the program, please contact NVV Marketing Manager Teresa Wall, at 707.968.4210, or by email at

About the CIA
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a private, not-for-profit college dedicated to providing the world's best professional culinary education. Excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity are the core values that guide our efforts. We teach our students the general knowledge and specific skills necessary to live successful lives and to grow into positions of influence and leadership in their chosen profession.

About the NVV
Now in our seventh decade, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) non-profit trade association is the sole organization responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley Appellation as a winegrowing region second to none in the world. Respect for our history reinforces our commitment to the preservation and enhancement of the Valley's land, wine, and community for future generations. We address the shared interests of our more than 300 member wineries and aspire to be the essential organization for all Napa Valley vintners.

Terry Hall,
Communications Director
Napa Valley Vintners
direct 707-968-4217

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Contact: Terry Hall, Communications Director 707-968-4217