I love wine!  Not just for its obvious charms, but for the stories behind it that give it life.  There’s so much that goes into each bottle, from the nuances of terroir to the family history of the winemakers – it’s a rather spectacular collaboration between nature and humans, don’t you think?  The wine bug bit me many years ago, and it was then that I decided to study the subject with more serious intent.  So, study I did, and in November 2013, I passed the Certified Specialist of Wine examination offered by the Society of Wine EducatorsThe Swirling Dervish is a creative endeavor meant to marry the fruits of my studies with my writing background  and thirst for adventure (and nice wine.)  Thanks for visiting!

Lauren Walsh

P.S.  As of October 17, 2016,  I am an Italian Wine Professional™ – I passed the certification exam with honors!  It was one of the most enjoyable courses I’ve taken and I learned about wines I never knew existed.  You can find out more about the program through the Napa Valley Wine Academy or Italian Wine Central.

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