Financier-Turned Sommelier BU Wine Studies Alum Named ‘Culinary Trailblazer’ after Wine Studies Powered Successful Career Change

Have you ever wondered how to take your passion for wine and transform it into a career in the industry? Boston University’s Certificate Program in Wine Studies is a proven pathway to making that dream a reality, through a structured, tiered education that develops the needed know-how to make wine your profession, no matter your background.

New Class of Urban Grape Award Winners Bring Wide Perspective to Newest Opportunity

Last fall, the second pair of winners of the BU Food & Wine Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color were announced: Tatiana Glenn and Victor Medina. As winners, Glenn and Medina are enrolled in MET’s four-level Certificate in Wine Studies program, starting with Level 1: Fundamentals of Wine Studies. They will also […]

Urban Grape’s TJ Douglas Interviewed in Yankee Magazine

On October 28, 2021, TJ Douglas—owner of Boston’s South End wine retailer Urban Grape with his wife and business partner Hadley—was featured in Yankee Magazine’s “Weekends with Yankee Q&A.” In the Q&A, TJ discusses his approach to making wine approachable and accessible to those of us who fall between “connoisseur” and “box wine drinkers.” He […]

US Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Wine Studies Scholarship Sponsors Urban Grape with ‘Dream Big’ Small Business Award

Thanks in large part to reflecting “the core aspects of what makes businesses such a powerful source for good in their communities,” the founders of the BU Food & Wine Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color were named the 2021 ‘Dream Big’ Small Business of the Year by the US Chamber of […]

Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Wine Studies Award for Students of Color

A year ago, TJ and Hadley Douglas, owners of The Urban Grape in Boston’s South End, generously established The Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET). In a direct effort to reduce racial isolation in the wine field, the award funds at least one student of color […]