Ribera y Rueda Masterclass Program

Calling all Wine Pros!

Apply to participate in VinePair’s Wine Specialist Masterclasses featuring Spain’s exciting regions: Ribera del Duero y Rueda.

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The Virtual Events:
Ribera y Rueda Wine Specialist Masterclasses

VinePair is hosting two masterclasses specifically designed for wine professionals to help build your knowledge of Ribera y Rueda. Each masterclass will include theory and tastings. VinePair will ship all the wine you need for each class directly to your door. Attendees have the option of applying to attend one masterclass, or both.

Rueda: March 8th, 12:00pm Eastern Time
Ribera del Duero: March 8th, 1:15pm Eastern Time

Hosted by Alexander LaPratt

When it comes to wine and food enjoyed together, Alexander believes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. He favors an approach to wine that minimizes complexity, emphasizes pleasure and makes people comfortable with their own taste, knowledge and budget. In 2010, Alexander took first place in the New York Ruinart Chardonnay Challenge, a blind tasting event bringing together many of the city’s top sommeliers. In April 2011 he earned the title of “Best Sommelier in America” at the American Sommelier Association competition. He has continued to receive many accolades for his contribution to the gastronomic and hospitality industry such as being inducted into the L’Order des Coteaux de Champagne as well as receiving the Diplome d’honneur from the Acacdemie Culinaire de France. Alexander strongly believes in passing on his broad knowledge of the industry gained through his many roles and is also an adjunct professor for the prestigious International Culinary Center in New York City for their sommelier program in addition to his many consulting roles across the country.

About the
Ribera y Rueda Wine Specialist Masterclass Program

The masterclasses will educate wine professionals on two Spanish wine regions and the quality wine produced in them. Attendees will discover that these Spanish wines reflect an ancient tradition and a pure sense of place, yet have a timeless appeal that knows no borders. In fact, the winemakers of the Ribera del Duero and Rueda wine regions were locavore, artisanal, and sustainable long before those terms were trendy. This program will bring Ribera del Duero and Rueda wines to the forefront, highlighting their important place in the wine industry.

Attendance is limited. Please note: registration does not guarantee admittance to the masterclasses. Qualified attendees will be selected by the VinePair team, and notified via email.

The Exams & Awarded Certification

At the completion of each masterclass, attendees will receive a quiz via mobile app, testing your knowledge and retention of the information. In the app, participants will receive scores and rankings against the other wine professionals working towards a final Wine Specialist certificate, and a chance to win a spotlight in an article on VinePair.com. The top scorer for each region, Ribera del Duero and Rueda, will participate in the article and will win a cash prize of $1,000 each.