The Virginia Wine Academy is Here!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

Big news! Andrew Hodson and Chris Parker’s website,, is now live! They start teaching classes this fall at Piedmont Virginia Community College in September, concentrating on WSET Levels 1 and 2, with the goal of offering Level 3 in the near future.

What is the WSET you ask? Here’s the skinny: WSET stands for Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is a non-profit British organization based in London that was formed in 1969. It is one of a very few ways that you can officially qualify as a wine person, geek, or even professional.

Andrew and Chris became familiar with the WSET when they began exporting Veritas wines to the UK. They spent a lot of time in London at the London International Wine Festival where it soon became apparent that they needed to improve their wine knowledge. It turned out that whenever they went to look for the latest information on, as an example, the emerging wine scene in Swartland, South Africa, they kept coming back to the WSET as the most reliable and up-to-date source of wine-related data. This included everything from growing grapes in China to selling whisky in Japan. Despite the complexities of the wine trade and wine production at a more fundamental level, the WSET has an internationally-recognized standard way of doing something as simple as describing the wine, sparkling wine, Cachaca or the Glenmorangie in your glass. In other words, the WSET gives you an unparalleled language to speak in that foreign land that is the world of wine.

If you are interested in learning more about taking one of our classes, or for more information on the WSET, visit our website.