Lesson details

Back in the 1880s the entire wine industry was almost brought to its knees by microscopic insects called phylloxera, which enjoy feeding on the roots of grape vines. The effects of this are still felt today!

In this lesson, sommelier Kristene King Thrall explains what phylloxera is and how it impacts the wine industry.

Learn hospitality skills for today’s world, including:

  • Phylloxera history in the wine industry
  • How phylloxera changed wine production methods

Servers and bartenders, sharpen your wine knowledge with help from the experts!


Kristene King Thrall

Kristene King Thrall is a sommelier and Director of Training at Louie’s Wine Dive in Kansas City. As a wine educator, she is passionate about introducing diners to new and exciting brands.

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