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2020 Course Schedule Is Released For Vitis House, A Raleigh-Based Wine School

December 18, 2019 Vitis House

Official WSET Program Provider announces an exciting upcoming course lineup in the Triangle.

RALEIGH, N.C., December 18, 2019 – Registration is now open for 2020 courses (January through March) at Vitis House, the first professional wine school in North Carolina. Following a successful five-class launch in September, the school releases new curriculum for the new year—WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 courses, and three specially-designed classes by Chef Doreen Colondres:

(January) “Malbec and Empanadas:” a Taste of Argentina

(February, Valentine’s Day inspired) “Caviar, Ibérico and Bubbles”  -and-  “Romantic Reds:” Unique Grape Varieties of Italy

The wine-pairing classes and WSET courses will be held at Loading Dock Raleigh, located at 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd. Suite 115. For program information, pricing, and registration details, visit www.vitishouse.com. In conjunction with wine classes, Vitis House also offers interactive cooking classes for corporate, private, and team-building events.

In 2013, Colondres became the first Hispanic Celebrity Chef for Bordeaux Wine Council. She was also an Ambassador of the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and is currently a Chef Ambassador for Fermin Iberico Ham, the most prestigious pork in the world.

The official crystal wine glasses of Vitis House are sponsored by worldwide glassware innovator, Riedel. The design of this specific Riedel glassware, “Degustazione,” accentuates aromas, emphasizes fruit, and balances tannins.

“I am blown away by the amount of enthusiastic, positive engagement I’ve received from the Triangle since the launch in September,” says Colondres. “It is evident that there is a significant audience of wine lovers in the region and I look forward to connecting with fellow wine connoisseurs throughout the state!”   

About Doreen Colondres:

Doreen Colondres is the creator of The Kitchen Doesn’t Bite and the Amazon best-selling cookbook author of La Cocina No Muerde, published by Penguin Random House.  She is an active media personality, chef, certified wine connoisseur (WSET3), and tireless world traveler. Her 2018 partnerships include Barilla Pasta, National Pork Board and Novo Nordisk, among others.  She was recently a spokesperson for Hass Avocado and the American Heart Association for the Healthy for Good campaign.  Doreen has hosted cooking segments on NBC Telemundo and Univisión Networks, along with FoxLife cooking shows in 16 countries. Her weekly articles are featured in more than 15 worldwide outlets. She has also worked with: Bumble Bee Seafood, Bush Beans, Target, General Mills, and California Raisins. Doreen is a Slow Food USA supporter and participates in food and wine programs around the world.

About WSET:

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust® (WSET) provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirits professionals and wine enthusiasts. WSET qualifications are globally recognized as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.  Today WSET qualifications offer eight qualifications, from one-day beginner courses to an expert-level diploma, available in more than 70 countries in more than 15 languages, through a network of 750 program providers.


RIEDEL, the 300 year-old family-owned company is recognized worldwide for designing and producing the highest quality glasses and decanters for the enjoyment of wine and spirits. Claus J. Riedel was the first person in history to introduce and develop wine-friendly stemware, which translates and delivers the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of a wine to the senses. RIEDEL has created shapes that specifically enhance a wine’s harmony and highlight its unique characteristics. Top-rated wineries and restaurants throughout the world use RIEDEL.

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