Author Archives for Tracy Ellen Kamens

All that Glitters


Love is in the air this month.  For those of you looking for a way to dress up your Valentine’s Day, consider the object of your affection —the one with the sparkling personality— as your inspiration.
Accordingly, pop open the sparkling wines and celebrate.
If Valentine’s Day is not your thing, there are plenty of other reasons […]

A Toast to England


While many people know that Champagne is a sparkling wine, frequently, people are unaware that not all sparkling wines are Champagne. Champagne is a special region in northeast France, where the climate, soils, grape varieties, viticultural practices and vinification methods make it an ideal place to create a world class sparkler. While there are certainly […]

Assessing Alsace and Its Expressive Wines


Situated in the North-east of France, the wines of Alsace are particularly noted as being expressive of the grapes from which they are made. This is due to several factors that work in harmony to preserve the varietal characteristics of these wines. More specifically, the confluence of grape variety, climate/terroir, viticulture and vinification conspire to […]

Harvest Report 2007: A Look at Sonoma County


Last week, representatives from the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Tourism Bureau converged on New York City to update the media and trade on the 2007 harvest.
In a rare opportunity, wine grapes had been flown in for the occasion, giving participants the chance to taste several different varieties. All of […]

Wine in the Time of Global Warming


Introduction
An image of a grape vine trellised to a date palm provides a whimsical view of what the future might hold for viticulture in the next fifty years. However, the article that accompanies this illustration makes it clear that the impact of global warming is no laughing matter (Goldfarb 2006). Moreover, despite former U.S. Vice […]

What’s in a Name? Another New AVA Proposed in CA


As Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name? Would a rose by any other name still smell as sweet?” Or, more to the point, would a wine labeled by any other AVA still smell (and taste) as wonderful?
An AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a delimited, geographic region used to designate wine regions within the United States. […]

Tracy Ellen Kamens

Tracy Ellen Kamens, Ed.D., CSW Tracy Ellen Kamens is Chief Education Officer and Co-founder of Grand Cru Classes. Tracy holds the Certified Specialist of Wine credential from the Society of Wine Educators and is a member of the American Wine Society. She completed the Intermediate and Advanced Certificate courses (both with distinction) through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and is currently a candidate in their Diploma of Wine & Spirits program. Tracy has written for Wine Enthusiast, Wine Press and Long Island Wine Gazette. She earned her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. degree from Cornell University.