Northern Virginia - Wine Education and Schools
This is a list with links to various Wine Education and Schools in and around Northern Virginia.
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Tom DiNardo - The Wine Zealot
In 1987 Tom DiNardo began working in the California wine industry. He founded DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers in 1993. As a charity wine auctioneer, he has presided over many of the nation’s most acclaimed wine auctions. Tom is a nationally recognized sommelier, spirits & wine appraiser, wine educator, wine expert, and wine judge for many international wine competitions. Mr. DiNardo is a freelance wine writer for the Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, and Santé Magazines, and other wine journals. He was a regularly featured auctioneer for the former ERI wine auction gallery. Tom DiNardo now serves as V.P. of Outreach for the Natl. Assoc. of Professional Appraisers (NAPA), and he is also a certified insurance fraud investigator (CIFI). Tom performs wine appraisals and expert witness services for insurance companies, banks, law firms, and individuals. Tom DiNardo is perhaps best known by his Internet wine personality – The Wine Zealot. Through these unique experiences Tom has gained invaluable knowledge about wines and the wine industry. With a reverence for the grape, Tom DiNardo continues his passionate pursuit today as a wine educator who teaches others about oenology and wine collecting.
The Capital Wine School
The Capital Wine School is the premiere school for wine education in the Washington, DC metro area. Courses are offered for beginners and professionals. The school is owned and operated by Jay Youmans MW.
Jay is an Advanced Level Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), a Certified Wine Educator (CWE), a Certified Burgundy Wine Educator, and a Master of Wine. He has judged wine at the Star Wine Competition, the California State Fair, and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. He has been the competition director for the Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competition since 2012. He was a contributing author to The Business of Wine, published by Greenwood Press (2009).
The Capital Wine School offers many types of classes
- Introduction Classes on Wine and Tasting
- Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses and exams: Levels 1 - 4, including Diploma
- Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) courses and exams: French Wine Scholar (FWS) & Italian Wine Scholar (IWS)
- Exam Prep Classes for the CSW, CSS, & CWE exams (Society of Wine Educators)
- Essential Blind Tasting Skills
- Focus Tastings on the wine regions of the world
- and more!
5207 Wisconsin Avenue - Suite # 7