Wine Enthusiast Academy

Wine Enthusiast Academy

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Wine Enthusiast Academy

About the Wine Enthusiast Academy

The Wine Enthusiast Academy is run by the ever-growing empire of the eponymously named magazine. The school was begun in the spring of 2020, at the start of the pandemic. The magazine has long been expanding into wine-related markets. These include their line of Wine Enthusiast-themed accessories and a wine shop (Wine Expres ). They offer Level 1 and 2 Wine & Spirit Education Tru t. Classes are online and at their Westchester headquarters, easily accessible from Connecticut, Upstate New York, and beyond (and just 30 minutes North of Manhattan)

Learn about wine from the experts. You’ll be attending class at the same hub where thousands of wines are tasted every month for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and be able to browse their one-of-a-kind wine cellars and home décor in their showroom before class.

The director of the Wine Enthusiast Academy is Josh Farrell. In the early ’90s, he was Cellar Master and Sommelier at the Windows on the World before wine writer Kevin Zraly took over the mantle. Since then, Josh has worked for the Wine Enthusiast companies for decades. This includes working for the Wine Enthusiast catalog, editor for the magazine, as well as running Wine Express.

Unfair Competition?

One issue we have is how Wine Enthusiast Magazine is promoting their WSET-affiliated school. They have used their power as a publisher to promote their own Wine & Spirit Education Trust franchise in articles like “Four Virtual Wine Education Programs for Every Budget” Another problem is how WSET is promoting Wine Enthusiast Magazine and their wine courses, despite setting up a major competitor for dozens of regional WSET school franchisees.

Allowing a wine magazine with international reach and massive resources is sure to disrupt the wine education scene. While we find that WSET programs are often poorly managed and offer less-than-stellar results even from the best of providers, that does not mean small wine schools should be set up for failure, especially ones in New York City and Southern Connecticut which now have to compete for students with one of the top wine magazines in the world.

Affected Wine Schools

Wine Schools that will be affected by this change include the International Wine Center, Fine Vintage LTD, and New England Wine Academy.

  • Accreditation
  • Sommelier Certification
  • Wine Trade Certification
  • Quality of Instruction
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