Welcome to this Saturday Special Edition in which Cynthia Chaplin sits down in conversation with Sarah Heller MW. She discusses the approach to tasting Italian wine devised by the Vinitaly International Academy. Sarah talks about the reformatted, tasting-intensive VIA Italian Wine Ambassador course and the new VIA Tasting Schematic, VIA’s standardized tasting grid with descriptors which are specific to Italian wines. The new VIA schematic forms the basis of both tasting sessions during the course and the blind tasting section of the exam. In the interview, Sarah goes through each descriptor and explains its relevance to Italian wines. If you are planning to take the next VIA Italian Wine Ambassador course, you cannot miss this podcast!
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More about Sarah Heller MW:
Wine educator and wine branding expert, content creator and proprietor of Radix + Folium Design.
Recently appointed to the faculty of the Vinitaly International Academy, Sarah Heller is a content creator, visual artist and wine branding expert based in Hong Kong and at 30 is the world’s youngest Master of Wine. Having graduated from Yale University with a degree in fine art, Sarah began her career in the New York and Hong Kong wine trades and wineries in France and Italy. She was Executive Director of events and education firm Meiburg Wine Media in Hong Kong for three years. As well as being a Master of Wine and an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits, Sarah is a Society of Wine Educators Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits. She is the proprietor of Radix + Folium Design.
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More about the host Cynthia Chaplin:
Passionate US/UK wine professional, focus on the Italian wine sector with particular interest in sparkling and rosé wines. Experienced educator and presenter, talented communicator and writer. Qualified sommelier and wine judge. Translator and editor for wine reviews and websites. Actively seeking roles that allow me to share knowledge and experience with a global audience, as well as continue my personal growth and development in the wine industry. Cynthia has recently taken over the show “Voices” on the Italian Wine Podcast as well!
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