Thirty-five Master of Wine and Master Sommelier students participated in Master Napa Valley, a multiday education immersion program about the wine region, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association.

Master Napa Valley began Sunday and was schedule to end Wednesday. The students, traveling from around the U.S. and seven other countries, have all passed at least the second level of examination for their respective professional certification programs.

During Master Napa Valley, they met and interacted with nearly 100 of the NVV’s winery members, tasted and discussed more than 250 different Napa Valley wines, and participated in a dozen seminars and intimate vineyard and winery experiences designed specifically to enhance their understanding of what makes the Napa Valley unique in the world of wine.

NVV hosts the program in collaboration with the Institute of Masters of Wine and the Guild of Sommeliers, who recommend the attendees from their respective memberships.

“The Guild of Sommeliers is thrilled to partner with the Master Napa Valley program,” said Geoff Kruth, director of operations for the Guild of Sommeliers. “It is critical that top wine professionals have an in-depth understanding of premier wine regions like Napa Valley, and there is no substitute for personally visiting the region.”

This was the eighth convening of the NVV’s Master Napa Valley program, first hosted in 2002.

“We’ve been delighted to partner with the NVV on Master Napa Valley since its inception,” said Penny Richards, executive director of the Institute of Masters of Wine in London. “The program brings tremendous education value to our Master of Wine students and their exploration of the great wines and wine regions of the world.”

Several Bay Area Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers also participated as panel moderators and mentors during the immersion program, which was scheduled to end with a written exam, blind tasting challenge and farewell dinner Wednesday.


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