The St. Helena-based Culinary Institute of America at Greystone celebrates 10 years of providing world-class wine education at its Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies.
The programs and instruction offered in this venue has helped launch and advance thousands of careers for the next generation of wine and beverage leaders and master sommeliers.
As part of the celebration, the CIA hosted a reception and dinner for Rudd Center donors on Friday, Dec. 6, and a day of wine tastings and classes for wine program alumni on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Located in the heart of Napa Valley, the Rudd Center has drawn more than 15,000 students to professional wine classes, Wine Lovers Boot Camps, and weekend classes for enthusiasts.
It is home to innovative education offerings including the CIA's Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program and Wine Immersion programs for industry professionals. The Rudd Center serves as a wine classroom for the college's degree programs, and a collaboration venue for the groundbreaking farm-to-table conservatory at Greystone.
Expanding on the college's successful wine programs for professionals, the Rudd Center officially opened its doors in 2003, funded by a lead grant from the Rudd Foundation and additional contributions from the Cakebread family, Joel Peterson and Reed Foster, Viking Range Corporation, the Napa Valley Vintners, and more.
The historic building was formerly the Still House, where Christian Brothers brandy was made post-Prohibition. It is now a state-of-the art wine education center with sensory classrooms designed for analyzing wines and beverages, wireless keypad response systems, built-in light boxes, and expectoration stations.
Here's a look at the top 10 accomplishments for the Rudd Center for Wine Studies in the past decade: