Utah holiday gift guide 2015

Conestoga Ranch

With just two weeks left to shop for that perfect gift, inspiration beyond the same old Best Buy gift card or bundle of socks can be tough. With that in mind we asked our writers to come up with interesting and off-the-beaten-path gift ideas to help ease the shopping pressure, and delight that special someone … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar dinner

French Wine Scholar dinner wines

The spring French Wine Scholar class drew to a close after a series of ten weeks of classes with 13 students sitting for the post nominal test. Congratulations to Coy, Andrea, Lansin, Marianne, Rebecca and Neal for becoming Utah’s newest French Wine Scholars! Following the test, students and their families and invited guests enjoyed a … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar program: Part Ten, Provence and Corsica

Wines of Provence and Corsica

The grand tour of French wines comes to an end this week. We finish our journey in Provence and Corsica. Provence is France’s oldest winemaking region and the only one in the world to focus primarily on the production of rosé. It’s nine AOC appellations are quite varied and many have very distinct focuses. For … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar program: Part Nine, Rhône Valley

wines of Rhône Valley

The Rhône Valley is in southern France and divides itself into two distinct areas: Northern and Southern Rhône. Climates and soils vary greatly between the two but there are two things that connect them: the Rhône River and the Mistral wind. The Mistral is an intense wind that blows year-round and can reach speeds 60+ … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar program: Part Seven, Bordeaux

wines of Bordeaux and Southwest France

We’ve arrived in the South of France this week in class. So, we turn our attention to Bordeaux and the wines of Southwest France. The wines of Bordeaux are a revered French wine icon. They are age-worthy and highly prized. When Robert Parker launched Wine Advocate and fell in love with the 1982 Bordeaux vintage, … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar program: Part Six, Loire Valley

The wines of the Loire Valley.

The Loire Valley is known as France’s Garden. In 2000, the central (Middle) portion was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With more than 300 castles and chateaux, the French say that the Loire is a queen that has been loved by kings as many have renovated and rebuilt glamorous summer retreats and … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar program: Part Five, Beaujolais

wines of Savoie, Jura and Beaujolais

This week, we actually studied three regions in France: Savoie, Jura and Beaujolais. Beaujolais Beaujolais is a small wine growing region just to the south of Bourgogne. The land is only 34 miles long and 7-9 miles in width. The grapes of the Beaujolais region are few. 98% of the red grape plantings in Beaujolais … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar program: Part Four, Bourgogne

wines of Bourgogne

The most important lesson from our Bourgogne class: Bourgogne = Burgundy. For some reason, Bourgogne was the only French wine region to be translated, and in English-speaking countries is called Burgundy. It’s long caused confusion to consumers who find only Bourgogne mentioned on wine labels so a shift is currently occurring to return all references … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar program: Part Three, Champagne

French Wine Scholar program: Champagnes

“The sparkling wine that is Champagne cannot be duplicated anywhere else on earth. Sparkling wines produced around the world, even when made from the same grape varieties, using the same production method, do not deliver the same product. They can’t. The Champagne terroir exists nowhere else but Champagne.” –French Wine Scholar study manual This week … Read more

Wasatch Academy of Wine’s French Wine Scholar program: Part Two

wines of Alsace

Wine wisdom from the Alsace region: Pinot Noir is the only red grape grown in the Alsace region. Bottles with long, tapered necks are Alsatian. Best known for dry Rieslings and sparkling white and rosé wines (Crémant d’Alsace AOC). Wasatch Academy of Wine serves as the affiliate provider for the French Wine Society’s courses in … Read more