Welcome to Renaissance Wine Academy
Welcome to the Spring 2008 edition of the
Renaissance Wine Academy's newsletter
May you enjoy many floral bouquets...in your glass!
 Spring 2008
Gilat Ben0Dor, Director of Renaissance Wine AcademyGreetings!

Happy Springtime!

Here in Phoenix, our 6 weeks of "winter" have vaporized, and it's time to put aside the osso buco and Cabernet in favor of fragrant Viognier and juicy Beaujolais-Villages.

Spring is all about renewal and new chapters, and indeed - the Renaissance Wine Academy is no exception! We are spreading wine education awareness all over the Greater Phoenix Area and beyond - including three appearances in Arizona Bride magazine's "Ask the Expert" column, as well as a column written about my Paris wine competition adventure in The Spirit World. Most recently, I worked with W Magazine from NYC and Women & Wine from California as the Sommelier at the Guess/Marciano boutique opening here in Scottsdale. Thank you to ALL of you who came out for that happening event!

On a professional development note, I have diligently been working on AusWISE , the Australian Wine Bureau's educator program and will be expanding our programs about the wines from Down Under.

One of our most important projects is the ongoing development of a course series to offer to the public, in addition to our private and corporate client events. Stay tuned for a supplemental edition to this newsletter, coming very soon, which will feature that calendar.

In the meantime, I will be guest speaking to these groups, open to anyone who registers.

And now, just sit back and enjoy our Spring-themed articles, tips, and announcements below...and remember, Spring is the perfect time to turn a new leaf and try a new wine!





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
in this issue
:: Garden in a Glass: 4 Ways to Sip in the Spring
:: Interview with the Chief Education Officer of Grand Cru Classes
:: Special Offer: Becoming a Featured Client
:: Wine for Charity? Be there April 8 & 12!
Garden in a Glass: 4 Ways to Enjoy Spring Wines
Refreshing glass of Rose 

With the  mild breezes and fragrant blooms arriving, it's time to pack away the heavy fireside sippers and reach for some refreshing choices whose bouquet is worthy of its own "vase" (a tulip glass, perhaps?). Click here to read the four ways to a drinkable garden of earthly delights.

Wine World Interview
Tracy Ellen Kamens, Chief Education Officer at Grand Cru Classes

Tracy Ellen Kamens, CSW, Ed.D.
At Renaissance Wine Academy, we like to get up-close-and-personal with various wine industry pros. This time, we have the exciting opportunity to speak with Tracy Ellen Kamens, CSW, Ed.D. and her beautifully located wine school, Grand Cru Classes, perched amid all the wine action of Long Island's North Fork.
Learn about Tracy's school (what exactly does "Grand Cru Classes" refer to?), favorite food and wine pairings, and the fascinating wine country in Long Island, NY! Click here for the full and fabulous story.
Renaissance Wine Academy's
Unique Offerings

Bringing Fully-Credentialed, Memorable Wine Events to You!

The Renaissance Wine Academy is a mobile wine education services firm, so we come to you! Imagine the possiblities for enhancing your events, including:


Private Wine Events & Home Parties


Corporate & Team Building Events


Wine Etiquette Seminars


Restaurant Staff Wine Training

Become a featured client!
What's this?

Featured Client Program How would you like to get FREE exposure to hundreds of readers? In addition to providing you, our client, with value-added wine education and memorable events, there is an added perk for booking with the Academy. For a limited time, clients who book and fulfill 3 events within 90 days will be eligible to become a Featured Client in one of our newsletters.
What does that mean for you? That means that in this spot you will have an opportunity to summarize your company's offerings, provide your company's website and contact info, and share a testimonial about your wine event experience with the Academy-- which will then be sent out on a one-time basis as part of the newsletter to hundreds.
Start here to book your next event!
30th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival - SPECIAL EVENT
Eat, Drink, and Benefit the Arts in the process!

Champagne Tasting - April 12, 2008

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is the longest-running festival of its kind in the U.S.A. and features many food and wine-related events between April 8-13, 2008.

Two events we are highlighting are Off the Rocks, a major wine-tasting event at Kazmierz Wine Bar on April 8, and Bubbles & Bliss, a special Chandon Champagne tasting held April 12. Tickets can be purchased via these links, and Off the Rocks can also be purchased here.

Here's the Charity portion: Proceeds from the festival benefit the Arts, thanks to the diligent volunteer efforts of The Scottsdale League for the Arts™, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization of accomplished men and women who promote awareness of the arts through social and educational opportunities.

Save 10%
Spring Special!
Book your next event with Renaissance Wine Academy for a date before May 21, 2008 and save 10%! (Pending date availability). Just mention this offer at booking and present printed coupon at time of payment (start here to book your event). Coupon is transferrable. Feel free to share this coupon with friends, co-workers and family who want to bring fun and wine savvy to their next event! One coupon per customer. Must be presented in printed-out form at time of payment.
Offer Expires: 5/21/08