Sunday, March 3, 2024

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM


Main Street Station
1500 E Main St,
Richmond, Virginia, 23219


Virginia Wine Expo & Erin Scala Present An Incredible 2-Class Course on Virginia Wine Which Includes Admission to the Sunday Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting

In partnership with the Erin Scala, the Virginia Wine Expo presents a two-class Virginia Wine Expo Academy (VWEA) course, All About Virginia Wine, a unique and unparalleled opportunity to learn more about the extraordinary diversity and quality of great Virginia wine.   Please join Sommelier Erin Scala, owner of In Vino Veritas Fine Wines, named a Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40, and owner of consultancy, ThinkBev, for a fascinating, enriching and delicious seminar will educate and enlighten your understanding of Virginia wine.

This two-class courses includes admission to Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tasting (details below).  

After taking the course, the candidate will receive a Certificate.

Your Ticket to All About Virginia Wine Includes the Following:

  • Class #1 - Online & Taped via Zoom on Saturday, February 17, 2024, 10AM - 12:00PM, or anytime thereafter via taped replay
  • Class #2 - LIVE at Main Street Station on Sunday, March 3, 2024, 10:15AM - 12:00PM: This class includes a comprehensive tasting of Virginia wine
  • Sunday Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 3, 2024, 12:00PM to 4:00PM: This event is literally steps away from the Academy class and begins just as the Academy class concludes

Course Details

The first, virtual class will primarily focus on Virginia's wine history and culture, terroir, biodiversity, viticultural regions, notable grape varietals, techniques and challenges, economics, distinctive characteristics, major personalities, and place in the greater wine world.  The second, live class at Main Street Station with a will be a thorough, comprehensive tasting of the most relevant grape varietals and blends from various regions the country.

About Sommelier Erin Scala

For the better part of a decade, Erin worked in New York City at several Michelin star restaurants, notably JoJo, PUBLIC, and The Musket Room. In 2014, she returned to her home state of Virginia to run the wine programs at local downtown restaurants, Fleurie & Petit Pois. Today, she is the sommelier at Common House social club in downtown Charlottesville, and since 2017, she's owned In Vino Veritas Fine Wines, a wine retail shop in Keswick, Virginia. Erin writes the thinking-drinking wine blog, produces audio essays for the I’ll Drink to That wine podcast, and consults about wine privately and commercially through her company, ThinkBev. Her articles about wine have been published in The Washington Post, Wine & Spirits, Wine & Country Living, and Knife & Fork magazine. For several years, she covered the Virginia wine scene in a column for her local paper, The C-Ville Weekly.  Named one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40 wine professionals to watch, her wine list at Fleurie won a Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” in 2016 and 2017. Erin received a James Beard Rhône Rangers Travel Study Grant to study Rhône varieties in California in 2016. She competed in the Sommelier Scavenger Hunt held by Wine & Spirits Magazine to find delicious Pinot Noirs in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA in 2017. In January 2018, the I'll Drink to That podcast was written up in the New York Times.   Certified as a Certified Sake Professional, and also with the WSET Diploma of Wines and Spirits, she believes that fermented beverages are a unique and dynamic communion with time and place, and that often the best beverages come from small vineyards, orchards, and breweries using products farmed by passionate families who believe in minimal intervention.

Special Discount for the Trade

The wine trade will receive a 20% discount on the cost to enroll in All About Virginia Wine and All About Italian Wine.  Interested members of the trade should e-mail Alex Papajohn at apapajohn@VariantEvents.com for details on trade enrollment.

Historic Main Street Station, where the seminars, Walk-Around Grand Tastings, SMOKED! and Oyster Eat are held