Attention Whore Alert: I WON!!

Last week, I posted my entry for the Catavino Spanish Wine Education Scholarship competition. The scholarship covers tuition expenses for The Wine Academy of Spain’s 3-day Certified Spanish Wine Course. The winners were announced on CataVino this evening…and I’m one of them!

On August 24-26, I will at Jaleo in Crystal City studying Spanish wine. I’ll spend 3 intense days (8am-5pm) tasting more than 50 Spanish wines from various regions in Spain, learning about the Spanish Appellations, the history of Spanish wine, the various wine styles and grape varieties, the climate, the soils, etc. In addition, day #3 will be an dedicated to Sherry and Andalusia, which will be particularly interesting as my knowledge of fortified wines is pretty limited. The culmination of the class will be an exam for 2 certifications: “Spanish Wine Educators” and “Certificate on Andalusia and its Wines.”

I’m lucky enough to be part of a distinguished group of wine bloggers to attend the course on the CataVino scholarship, although I am the only one attending in DC. Congratulations to fellow scholarship winners—Erica of Bottle of Wine, Mike of Wine Economist, Pamela of Enobytes, Kevin of The Spanish Table, Neil of Wine Expedition, Ryan of Blog Oe-no-phile, and Katie of Gonzo Gastronomy! I look forward to reading about all of your experiences, particularly because the DC course is the second to last one.

I would like to give a special thanks to Gabriella and Ryan at CataVino for organizing an interesting scholarship competition and putting together such an exciting educational opportunity! I’m very excited about attending the course and look forward to blogging about the experience.

PS…if you’re interested in the course, but didn’t apply for the scholarship, check out the course calendar because there is still room available at various course sites throughout the US.


  1. Amanda says

    Congrats- how awesome is that! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to learn more about Spanish wines. We've had a few- mostly at Tapas bars.

    P.S. Love your profile pic..too cute!

  2. Alleigh says

    Thanks, Amanda (both for the congrats and the compliment)! I know there will be a lot to learn at the class, but I'm really excited about it. It's definitely new territory.

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