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Glass in Session® is a wine education podcast hosted by Val Caruso, DWS, CWE, FWS. She's a certified wine educator, lifelong learner, & shameless corkdork.

Every 2nd and 4th Friday there will be a new Glass in Session® focusing on a new topic. Val's mission is to educate, entertain, and empower the wine learner, wine lover, or wine curious by seeking out the fun - and sometimes funny - side of wine education.



Oct 9, 2020

Is liqueur just a fancy word for liquor? What’s the difference between a liqueur and a cordial? How are they made, and what the heck am I supposed to do with all of these bottles?

We go there in this episode which is all about the sweetened, flavored spirits sitting around on your liquor shelf.

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Oct 8, 2020

Michael Whidden from Vines 4 Votes talks to us about the confluence of wine and politics, and how prominent wine professionals came together to help enact change.

Vines 4 Votes is an online wine auction which runs from 12 - 16 October 2020. Now for the juicy part: they have 80 lots of wine, ranging from $40 - $4000....

Sep 25, 2020

What do popes, kings, and holy wars have to do with wine? Religious orders dating back to medieval times are still leaving their distinctive marks on wine bottles over a thousand years later.

This episode is an exploration of what the warrior monks of Knights Templar and Order of Malta have to do with wine, and...

Sep 11, 2020

Season 5 kicks off with a sparkling wine style known as pétillant naturel or pét-nat. These wines are made in a method similar to the ancestral or ancient method that dates back over 500 years. They are fun, fresh, sometimes funky, and certainly refreshing. Many are sealed with a crown cap (like a beer bottle) and may...

Jul 24, 2020

In this season finale we explore the science and art of aging wine and spirits in oak. Discussion includes: types of oak, structural and chemical composition, and the many contributions to a spirit maturing in a barrel.

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Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) Study Guide (Society...