[Cellar Talks] S02E06 United States – Kirsty Wenz

On Friday the 12th of March we are joined by Kristy Wenz for another edition of our talk show “Cellar Talks”. Kristy will join us to talk about her career in wine and the United States as a wine country.

About the United States

The US is considered a “New World” wine country but has a recorded history of viticulture dating back to the 16th century, when European settlers brought vines with them and planted them on the continent. American wine has been recognised and awarded in Europe since the 70’s of the last century and found their own place on the world stage these days.The country has a wide variety of grapes which are used to produce wine consumed all over the world.

Some of the most popular varieties are: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Main wine regions in the US are California (Napa Valley and Sonoma), Washington (Columbia Valley), New York (Finger Lakes District), Oregon (Willamette Valley) and Virginia.

In the show we will discuss these major wine regions and some of their notable wineries and winemakers, as well as the presence and future of the country.

About Kristy Wentz

Kristy is a wine and travel writer who spent nearly a year exploring European wine regions and has visited wineries in nearly 30 US states. She is a wine educator for American Wine School and Skill Pop, as well as an educator on key multi-national accounts for Go Wine. She is also a part-time assistant winemaker at Hickory Creek in SW Michigan. 

Kristy is WSET 3, began her WSET Diploma and is currently working on the Spanish Wine Scholar certification. She is passionate about all things wine and travel, but her first wine love will always be the Finger Lakes.

We are looking forward to talking to Kristy and learning from her background, experiences and the United States as a wine country. Be sure to tune in on Instagram Live through our Dutch Wine Apprentice account on Friday the 12th of March, 19:30h CET.

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You can find a link to the recording of the show here.