New Year’s Resolution: Learn More About WINE! 7 Resources to Learn About Wine
January 11, 2024

As the New Year unfolds, it’s the perfect time to set resolutions and embark on new journeys of discovery. If your goal is to deepen your appreciation for the world of wine, you’re in for a delightful adventure. 

At The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, we’re passionate about all things wine, and we’re excited to be your guide to a world of wine knowledge. Whether you’re an aspiring sommelier or simply looking to expand your wine expertise, we’ve got you covered. 

In this blog, we’ll share our favorite online resources and websites to help you start your wine education journey. Let’s pop the cork and explore the best ways to savor the flavors of the new year.

Wine Folly

Wine Folly is your go-to destination for all things wine, dedicated to deepening your appreciation and understanding of the world of vino. Since their launch in 2011 in Seattle, Washington, the mission has been clear: to transform how people perceive wine, shifting it from just an adult beverage to a medium for exploring the world and ourselves. In 2019, Wine Folly joined forces with the Global Wine Database to enhance wine knowledge on a global scale. The result? In 2021, they introduced the Region Guides, a fusion of Wine Folly’s simplicity and fun with the rich data from the Global Wine Database. Whether you’re a novice eager to learn the basics, a seasoned pro in search of wine pairings, or simply someone looking to refine your palate, Wine Folly is your trusted partner on your wine journey. 

The blog at WineRacks.com

The team at WineRacks.com boasts over three decades of expertise in crafting wine storage solutions that seamlessly enhance the aesthetics of any residence. With a commitment to marrying form and function, their extensive knowledge in the field is evident in every aspect of their wine storage systems. Dive into their blog to explore the advantages of wooden versus metal wine racks, discover innovative strategies for optimizing small spaces, such as converting unused closets or the areas under the stairs into wine sanctuaries, and master the art of preserving champagne. With WineRacks.com as your guide, wine enthusiasts of all levels will unlock a world of possibilities for stylish, functional wine storage that elevates both the taste and appearance of your home.

Hudson Valley Wine Magazine

Hudson Valley Wine Magazine stands as the ultimate companion for those embarking on a flavorful journey through the storied landscapes of the Hudson Valley. As the foremost authority on the region’s abundant offerings in wine, spirits, beer, and craft beverages, it serves as your trusty guide to this sprawling and diverse terrain, housing over 165 wineries and craft beverage tasting rooms. With each issue, the magazine bridges the gap, uniting enthusiasts, explorers, travelers, and residents in a shared passion for the Hudson Valley’s local wine, spirits, cider, beer, and mead. It unveils the personal tales and faces behind the labels, providing an insider’s view that adds depth and character to each sip. In the spirit of community and sustainability, Hudson Valley Wine Magazine is dedicated to fostering agritourism, championing environmental responsibility, and bolstering local businesses. Join this thriving epicurean community, and let your senses savor the delights of the Hudson Valley, sip by sip.

Buy Side 

For those in pursuit of the perfect wine-related essentials, look no further than Buy Side from WSJ. The team of dedicated editors, writers, and contributors at Buy Side is on a mission to enrich your daily life by handpicking top-quality products and services. Buy Side is your trusted go-to resource for meticulously tried and tested wine accessories, featuring everything from the finest wine glasses tailored to each varietal to wine travel bags, perfect for safely transporting your vacation wine treasures. And when it comes to uncorking that special bottle, discover the sommeliers’ favorite wine openers, carefully curated to elevate your wine experience. With Buy Side, wine enthusiasts can savor the convenience of thoughtfully vetted and recommended tools that enhance every pour and every sip. Cheers to making your wine journey even more delightful!

Are you ready to elevate your wine knowledge to the next level and embark on a remarkable journey in the world of wine? Ever considered becoming a sommelier? Below, you’ll find a range of online resources to kick-start your wine education and set you on the path to becoming a skilled sommelier. 

Sommelier Society of America. Founded in 1954, this is the oldest professional wine organization in the U.S. Courses are offered twice yearly in fall and spring.

Society of Wine Educators  This self-study program offers study aids online such as workbooks, flashcards, maps and prep classes. 

Court of Master Sommeliers  The American chapter of CMS was made famous by the “SOMM” movie.

Learn About Wine at the Wine Fest!

Join us September 7th & 8th at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for the 23rd annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival. You’ll get the chance to interact with winemakers one on one and learn about their craft and the art of wine!

Whether you’re a wine enthusiast looking to deepen your passion or dreaming of a career in the wine industry, these options will open doors to new horizons and take your wine expertise to the ultimate level. Cheers to the exciting adventure that awaits you on your wine education journey!

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