Episode #380 – Want to Expand Your Wine Expertise? The Merits of Asking the Right Pros and SommCon

Featuring Wine Guru Wes Hagen

Wes Hagen

Wes Hagen, Winemaker, Historian and Philosopher

This week, Grape Encounters host David Wilson is pleased to welcome long-time show alumni Wes Hagen, Winemaker and Brand Ambassador for J. Wilkes Wines in the Santa Maria Valley, on the Central Coast of California. Over the past couple of months, David has talked about a wine education event coming up November 16-19 in San Diego, California that truly sets the bar to a very high level. SommCon 2016 is an opportunity for wine and spirits professionals as well as serious enthusiasts to be immersed in knowledge shared by the very finest minds in the industry… Wes included.

The most important event for wine and beverage professionals as well as serious wine enthusiasts!

The most important event for wine and beverage professionals as well as serious wine enthusiasts!

The challenge for many who aspire to learn more about wine is the notion that there is so very much you can learn, but there are also a lot of directions you can go. That’s not always an easy thing to figure out. A long-time wine educator, Wes tells us about the merits of pursuing Master Sommelier and WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) certification as well as other learning opportunities that can put you on the fact track to where you want to go.

Know for his very pragmatic and relatable style of teaching, if there was ever anyone in the wine business you’d like to advise you on how to get from point A to point B, it’s Wes Hagen. By the way, Wes has been the author/co-author of 3 AVAs. We don’t know of any other winemaker who has accomplished that feat. And if you’re not sure what that means, Wes will explain it all to you at SommCon!

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