Welcome to¬†The Academic Wino!
The Academic Wino¬†is a blog dedicated to dissecting current research in enology and viticulture, and provides fascinating insights and thoughts on the current state of research related to wine.¬† It is my goal to review at least one peer-reviewed article per week related in some aspect to wine, while simultaneously providing entertaining forays into my own experiences with wine.¬† The articles reviewed will span nearly every aspect of academia: from enology and viticulture, to effects of wine consumption on personal health, to social and psychological effects, and beyond!
How am I qualified to write this blog?
When it comes down to it, I am passionate about wine!¬† I am by no means a Sommelier, Wine Maker, or Vineyard Management expert, however my knowledge thus far is much greater than the average American wine consumer, and I have a strong thirst for knowledge that will allow me to bring you the most up-to-date and fascinating advances in wine science.
I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor‚Äôs Degree in Biology from Saint Michael‚Äôs College in Colchester, VT.¬† After a few years, I moved to Charlottesville, VA to pursue graduate school at the University of Virginia.¬† In May of 2011, I graduated with my Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences.¬† My Master‚Äôs Thesis was entitled: ‚ÄúEcological and Evolutionary Shifts in Pollen Chemistry and Their Implications for Pollinators‚ÄĚ.¬† This work further strengthened my knowledge and skills in environmental sciences, ecology, and pollen chemistry. ¬†Currently, I work for the University of Virginia as a Program Manager for several clinical research trials.
My wine education started unofficially in Boston, MA, when my roommate and I would purchase wine and make observations and notes on which bottles we enjoyed better and why.¬† Once I moved to Virginia, however, my wine education took off.¬† In 2008, I started working as a part time Tasting Room Associate for a small winery in Afton, VA, and later for one of the largest wineries in the area.¬† My exposure to winery owners, sommeliers, wine makers, and other wine/grape experts increased my knowledge of wine making and viticulture tremendously. ¬†After graduate school, I was employed as a Tasting Room Manager of one of the local Afton, VA vineyard/wineries.¬† I have also taken college courses in enology and viticulture, and independently seek more information and knowledge on wine, wine making and viticulture in my free time.
I hope you will enjoy reading this blog, and hope you will share my site with others whom you think would appreciate a more in-depth education in wine.
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-Becca Yeamans (pictured with her loving fiance in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.)
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