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The value the Total Wine Professional imparts to our customers is incalculable. Through a comprehensive curriculum which touches on a wide variety of information ranging from history and terroir to iconic winemakers and esoteric grape varietals, the program gave me the tools to help the people who come into my store find the right bottle for the right occasion. From 1st growth Bordeaux to an everyday Chianti, being a TWP has taught me how to unlock the delectable, vinified secrets hidden within every bottle of wine on my shelves."

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Name

Aaron Enskat

Store Location

Town and Country, MO

Certifications

Total Wine Professional, Total Spirits Professional, Honorary Knight of Beaujolais

Certified Since

TWP since March of 2017, TSP since October of 2017

Favorite Region

Burgundy, Valpociella and Paso Robles

Aaron's Recommendations

Louis Bouillot Perle de Vigne Brut

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Louis Bouillot Perle de Vigne Brut

$19.99
expert rating: 90/100
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A a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligote and Gamay, aged 12 months on lees in bottle. It's fragrant with notes of toasty lees and chalk, a simple sparkler that feels focused and clean. The bubbles are ready to take on any raw shellfish.

1858 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

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1858 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

$34.99
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Dark fruit including black cherry and plum hit the front of the palate. Baking spice, with touches of vanilla and oak accompany the fruit while adding layers of complexity. Balanced with light acidity and fine tannins on the finish. Truly a Cabernet for any occasion!

World-Class Training for World-Class Recommendations

To receive a Total Wine Professional certification, an associate must pass a rigorous training course and seven, region-specific tests that cover geography, regulations, people and producers.

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Primary Areas of Study

Quick Facts:
California Pacific Northwest

Geography
More than 100 wine grape varieties are grown in California wine regions today. Best viticultural practices emphasize the concept of terroir, which requires planting the appropriate grape for the soil and climate, and minimizing intervention after the grapes are pressed. California has 120 federally recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). The high number of AVAs speaks not only to the size of the Golden State, but to the diverse range of geographies and climates within it.
Winemakers and Producers
Robert Mondavi established the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley in 1966 - the first major winery built in Napa Valley following the repeal of the Prohibition Act in 1933.
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Quick Facts:
Bordeaux

Geography
The Gironde River and its tributaries divide the Bordeaux region into two distinct wine production zones. Left-Bank Bordeaux is produced in the appellations west of the Gironde and the Garonne. Gravelly soil predominates, allowing Cabernet Sauvignon to thrive. Right-Bank Bordeaux is made to the east, where clay, limestone, and sandy soils provide a more suitable base for Merlot.
Top Wine Products
Bordeaux red blends (the three major red varietals are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc).
Winemakers and Producers
Within the Right Bank, the region of Pomerol is known for producing some of the richest and most decadent wines in Bordeaux. With such properties as Château Pétrus and Château La Conseillante, the wines produced here are among the most expensive and sought-after in the world.
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Quick Facts:
France

Geography
Some of the major wine regions of France are Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Provence, Loire Valley, and Languedoc-Roussillon. In the south, the relatively warm Mediterranean climate ripens grapes fully, producing fruit-forward wines. To the north, cooler regions such as Alsace and Champagne are the ideal home for white wines with high acidity. Each region is defined by unique weather and soil conditions – that special combination of elements the French describe as terroir.
Winemakers and Producers
Burgundy’s most acclaimed Domaine is the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. This storied Domaine was owned by the Prince of Conti before being seized in the wake of the French Revolution.
French Hillside Vineyard

Quick Facts:
Italy

Geography
Italy can be broken down into over a dozen major wine regions - each with their own distinct sub-regions. As a member of the EU, Italy’s appellation system must conform to the two-tiered standard that separates quality wines labeled as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and table wines labeled as Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
Winemakers and Producers
Giovanni Gaja is an Italian wine producer and founder of The Gaja winery. Located in the Piedmont region, this winery has been credited with helping to transform the wine industry in Italy.
Italian Countryside

Quick Facts:
Southern Hemisphere

Geography
California's diverse geography offers a variety of climates for producing various types of wine. In the southern end of Napa Valley, a moderate climate and cool fogs. This cooler temperature provides a longer growing season for cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
Top Wine Products
Many of these regions are known for their variety of grapes, such as Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Reisling.
Winemakers and Producers
Max Schubert was a legendary Australian winemaker who sought to create a wine that would rival the best of Bordeaux. He first made the legendary Grange in 1951 and it is still recognized as one of, if not the greatest wine in Australia
Terraced Vineyard in the Southern Hemisphere

Quick Facts:
Other European &
Mediterranean Countries

Geography
This area of study focuses on Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, and other regions in the Mediterranean (such as Greece and Hungary).
Top Wine Products
Spain is known for its Tempranillo and Garnacha; Portugal for its Port; Germany for its Reisling.
Winemakers and Producers
One of the largest producers of Reisling is Dr. Loosen. His estate has been around for over 200 hundred years.
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