Happy New Year - if you are reading this message - you made it. Hopefully not too scathed by the wrath of the Year-That-Must-Not-Be-Named, and hopefully with all family and friends in one piece. Cheers!
With our second full year in business as New England Wine Academy, I just wanted to thank everyone who has taken a class or has participated in the school's progress, thus far. I have been teaching wine education in various forms for many years, and The Academy as we now jokingly refer to it as, has become the culmination of all that I have assembled and worked on over the years - mostly on the side while doing my regular jobs.
There is still a long way to go, and there are plans for many improvements and additions to the program in the coming months and throughout the year. Stay tuned and let me know if there is anything you want to see from an educational point of view or otherwise. There are a lot of connections and resources that are on the drawing board or stuck on my hard-drive - but they will get here, I promise.
The WSET courses have been a big driver for NEWA, and we continue to offer as many as are available, primarily as an online option. There are plans to bring on new associate educators to helps bridge the gap between only being online and doing hybrid offerings. Hopefully, as we emerge from the confines of quarantine and social isolation, there will be opportunity to get back to learning in person. I think it will be a while, but it will happen. Wine and drinks are a visceral experience and are meant to be shared. this is what make teaching about wine so great - I get to help you discover a new experience, a new smell or a new taste, and perhaps even guide you to understanding a little bit more about what is in your glass. That is the true pleasure I derive from all of this - helping people find their own, new experiences through a better understanding and more knowledge of what they are consuming.
Ok, enough of that. Thanks to everyone for being a part of the New England Wine Academy, and here is to getting out there and kicking some ass in 2021 - we all deserve it!
Cheers - Brian Mitchell
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Brian Mitchell runs The New England Wine Academy, and is responsible for the content of this blog. With over 25 years of drinks industry experience, Brian has learned a few things, but everyday he is learning more. This blog helps to bring that knowledge to you.