Wine Spectator Learning Center Opens Soon!

U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson to attend the Grand Opening of The Wine Spectator Learning Center

The Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State University is scheduled to open at the end of May. The Grand Opening including a ribbon cutting ceremony takes place May 29 between 6pm and 8pm.

Those who would like to attend can RSVP online.

The Wine Spectator Learning Center will be the Wine Business Institute’s new headquarters and is considered to be a state-of-the-art center.

The facility will have numerous dedicated spaces including:

  • 3 classrooms with advanced technology
  • a student commons
  • a café
  • garden areas
  • faculty and business leaders collaborative spaces

According to the Sonoma State University announcement about the Grand Opening, “This state-of-the-art center is a true reflection of both the character and business needs of our wine-growing region,” said President Judy K. Sakaki.

The announcement included remarks by Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute, Ray Johnson. …

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I was recently asked by my friend Lana Bortolot for a quick interview, to help contribute to a piece she was writing about the value (or lack thereof) of certifications in the wine biz. Lana’s work has subsequently been published in a well-researched and well-considered article, SevenFifty Daily’s Guide to Wine Education. My dime-store-level philosophizing can be found in the article’s section on the Society of Wine Educators (SWE). I was shocked, in a decidedly pleasant way, at how many of the other sources quoted in Lana’s article that I happen to know personally, have worked with, and/or consider to be friends, which I suppose underscores my comments that Lana quoted in the piece. It’s kind of difficult to imagine, but there was a time a few years ago when certifications were a bit of a fire-starter topic in the wine blogging community; the value propositions ...

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