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Welcome to the Summer 2008 edition of
Renaissance Wine Academy's newsletter
Check out our new SUMMER WINE SEMINARS!
 Spring 2008
in this issue
:: New Wine Classes at The Capital Grille!
:: Get paid to pour Aussie wine for a day
:: Hot tips from a Ha-Wine vacation
:: Champagne in a can? A sparkling review
Gilat Ben-Dor, RWA DirectorGreetings!

"Dry heat" is not the only thing sizzling in Phoenix this summer.

First, I have some exciting news to share. I am honored to announce that I have recently been selected as a national U.S. winner (Southwest) by Wine Australia, the Australian wine bureau, for the 2008 AusWISE wine competition.

Wine Australia will be sending me to Australia in September on a two-week wine tour with the other 4 U.S. regional winners and a wine bureau representative. To read more about this award, see the Press Release on our new Press page. And stay tuned for some Aussie wine seminars upon my return!

Speaking of wine seminars, we are pleased to be offering new wine courses at The Capital Grille of Phoenix this August. Enjoy a unique Wine 101 course (beyond the Sip and Swirl!), and an eye-opening Classics & Counterparts™ workshop to expand your palate. Space is limited, but I hope to see you there!

You can visit our Calendar of Events page to see ALL of our upcoming public events, including additional speaking appearances.

As I mentioned, another addition to our site has been the Press page, to provide information and resources to interested parties. This is also where you can view a recent interview of Renaissance Wine Academy by Maximiliano Morales of Chile-based Andes Wines.

Finally, in the true spirit of summer, I bring you two sunny articles in this issue: about a boutique winery in Maui, and cracking open an ice-cold can of....sparkling wine?! (Read it to believe it!)





Gilat Ben-Dor, MBA, CSW

Director, Renaissance Wine Academy, LLC

Certified Specialist of Wine
P.S. We'd love to hear from you! [email protected] ~ 602-373-5800
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Learn valuable wine tips at our new seminars!

Renaissance Wine Academy has partnered with the sumptuous Capital Grille of Phoenix to bring you two unique and exciting wine seminars in August. Click on titles to learn more!

Wine 101: Beyond the Sip and Swirl
Saturday, August 9, 4:30-6:30pm

Classics and Counterparts: Expanding your Wine Favorites
Saturday, August 23, 4:30-6:30pm

Space is limited, so
click here to reserve your seat.


Pour Aussie wines at Phoenix Cooks in August!

G'day, mates! If you are in the Phoenix area and love Australian wines, here is your chance to act on your passion for a day.

On Saturday, August 30, be paid to pour wine and represent Wine Australia, the Australian wine bureau, at the 2008 Phoenix Cooks festival, held at the historic Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

Please email Gilat Ben-Dor ASAP or call 602-373-5800.
Notes on a Ha-Wine Vacation

A sampling of Maui's pineapple wines

As wine tourism explodes, there are few frontiers left that have not been made "wine friendly," including that gold standard of get-aways: the tropical vacation. Remember your sunscreen and your Riedel glasses (but no U.S. passports necessary) as you head out to Hawaii's lush and friendly island of Maui for an unexpected (read more)...
Coppola Moves from
Silver Screen to Silver Can

Sofia sparkles in a can

Get ready for more drama from the Godfather of drama himself, as Francis Ford Coppola unveils his answer to boxed wine: sparkling wine in a can. This is hardly Hollywood make-believe. Coppola, who began his wine-making foray (read more)...

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