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Sommelier Certification: Exploring Spirits From Navy Gin To Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Fifteen tastings. Not wine, but spirits. Gins, vodkas, whiskies, rums, scotches, brandy, cognacs and liqueurs. While I thought blind tastings were a challenge, this would be my biggest feat yet. The life of a sommelier isn’t just about vino, but the hard stuff, too. They (and hopefully soon, myself) are […]

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Sommelier Certification: Getting To Know American Wine Through Oregon, Washington And New York
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Sommelier Certification: Getting To Know American Wine Through Oregon, Washington And New York

“Did you know that every state in the US makes wine?” Today’s instructor for the sommelier certification course through Sommelier Society of America course in New York City is Tad Drouet, a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) through the Society of Wine Educators and the holder of a diploma and Higher […]

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Epicure’s Guide To Artisanal Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, is possibly the most sustainable city in America. Farm-to-table isn’t a trend, it’s a given. Carbon neutral and energy-efficient building models aren’t trends, they’re the norm. Artisans work together instead of cut-throat competing in order to create interesting products and a thriving community. This spirit of activism and […]

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Green Tea, Shabushabu And Kushiage: Epicure’s Guide To Japan’s Kansai Region
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Green Tea, Shabushabu And Kushiage: Epicure’s Guide To Japan’s Kansai Region

From the high-quality green tea of Uji to the rich soba culture of Izushi to Osaka’s hearty soul food, Japan’s Kansai Region is made to be explored through the tongue. While many may associate Japanese food with rice, sushi and miso soup — which are all important parts of Japanese […]

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Sommelier Certification: A Guide To New World Southern Hemisphere Wines
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Sommelier Certification: A Guide To New World Southern Hemisphere Wines

“By definition, what is the difference between Old and New World wines?” Our instructor for today’s Sommelier Society of America certification course is Tad Drouet, a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) through the Society of Wine Educators. After talking extensively for the past five months about Old World wines, it’s finally […]

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