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50 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } APRIL/MAY 2016 { education } WHENEVER I THINK BACK ON THE EVOLUTION OF MY OWN CAREER PATH IN WINE— from public relations and marketing, to professional wine writer, instructor, judge and critic of wine—I can point to one "tipping point" (to borrow a phrase from Malcolm Gladwell) and that was the day I earned my WSET Advanced Certification in Wines and Spirits. I'm an active learner, and WSET courses are all about participation—tasting, verbalizing, debat - ing and discussing, while also actively absorbing as much information about regional nuances, styles of wines and production methods as possible. And at the Napa Valley Wine Academy, where I'm an active content creator and instructor, it's all about experiential learning from instructors who are passionate and enthusiastic people. But truly, it's all about how you—the prospective student and wine industry career seeker—can benefit from tackling wine certification courses and achieving your own tipping point. To get you there, we've teamed up with The SOMM Journal to promote several exciting scholarship opportunities for wine enthusiasts looking to bolster their confidence in wine, or for the up-and-coming trade professional seeking that hallowed credential. "We feel that giving students access to the world's most respected wine certification, no matter what the student's economic standing, is vital to helping the wine industry stay a vibrant industry," says Christian Oggenfuss, CEO, Napa Valley Wine Academy. "It has always been our mission to both elevate wine education and make it more accessible to everyone." PHOTO COURTESY OF NAPA VALLEY WINE ACADEMY The Napa Valley Wine Academy fall 2015 harvest boot camp group. Immersive WSET students partook in cellar activities that were led by Cathy Corison (center), followed by a vertical tasting of Corison Wines—just one of the many activities students engage in when signing up for classes at the academy. Got Credentials? THE NAPA VALLEY WINE ACADEMY OFFERS FOUR FULL-TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY WSET by Jonathan Cristaldi HOW TO APPLY There are four (4) full-tuition scholarships available: two (2) scholarship awards are for WSET Level 2: Award in Wines and Spirits; and two (2) are for WSET Level 3: Award in Wines and Spirits. To apply for the scholar- ships, applicants must submit an essay, minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,000 words, on the follow- ing topic: How this scholarship would help me advance my career. Please submit your essay to: j_cristaldi@ For more information visit:

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