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Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Wines Of The Loire Valley

No education in wine would be complete without learning about France’s Loire Valley, which is exactly why the Sommelier Society of America spends a class discussing this world-renowned region. Before this class, I’d always viewed good French wine as being unaffordable, but as our sommelier certification course instructor Stephanie Frederick, […]

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Alsace, France. Photo courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar.
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Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Wines Of Alsace, France

“‘The Queen of Riesling’ — That’s what I want it to say on my tombstone!” laughs Stephanie Frederick, my instructor for the day for my Sommelier Society of America sommelier certification. Not only does she hold a diploma from the Wine And Spirits Education Trust in London and the distinction […]

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How To Pair Wine And Cheese Like A Pro

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a “Wine & Cheese Pairing” course at New York City’s Brooklyn Winery. The class — which was curated and taught by the knowledgeable Noel Cavnar — was designed to not only tell you what wines and cheeses went well together, but also ensure […]

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Carrot, Dandelion And Maple: An Epicurious Guide To Lesser-Known Fruit Wines
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Carrot, Dandelion And Maple: An Epicurious Guide To Lesser-Known Fruit Wines

Making over 4,500 varieties of the beverage, grapes are typically the staple ingredient in wine; however, if you’d like even more choices wine can also be made without any grapes at all. In fact, many cultures first created wines with other ingredients like agave or honey (to create mead) long […]

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Big Island’s Volcano Winery: Introducing Volcanic, Guava And Tea-Infused Wines To Hawaii And The World

Active volcanoes. Macademia nuts. Tropical fruits. These are a few of the many things that come to mind when dreaming of Hawaii. And while wine and fine tea aren’t typically included in Hawaiian day dreams, one operation is changing this and expanding the offerings of the destination. Taking A Different […]

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In Good Spirits: Uncovering Mezcal Culture With Master Mezcalier Jen Queen

Mezcal. If you’re like me a couple weeks ago, the word didn’t call anything to mind besides “it sounds vaguely familiar…” If you’re a little worldlier, you might recognize it as a type of alcohol, maybe even mistakenly associate it with tequila. Or wrongly envision it as a shady, unregulated […]

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Sciacchetrà Wine: A Sweet Tradition In Cinque Terre, Italy
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Sciacchetrà Wine: A Sweet Tradition In Cinque Terre, Italy

A sweet wine produced in the hills of Cinque Terre, Italy, Sciacchetrà is typically paired with desserts or cheese. Central to the identity of this region, families have been passing down this winemaking tradition for generations. In order to appreciate Sciacchetrà, I must first share a sweet tradition of my […]

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North Carolina Attractions: Going Local At The South’s Only Organic Distillery

With the holidays just around the corner, a little liquor in the cabinet can be necessary to keep guests happy and cope with in-laws who overstay their welcome. When shopping, choose a product that’s not only high-quality but sustainable, to give back during this season of selflessness. Stocking up with […]

Sipping More Than Just Wine: Supporting Sustainable Farms And Local Businesses In North Carolina
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Sipping More Than Just Wine: Supporting Sustainable Farms And Local Businesses In North Carolina

From outside, it can be easy to overlook the unassuming shop, shyly snuggled in a strip mall in Cary, North Carolina; however, most people who enter ‘Sip: a wine store’ start planning their next visit before they leave. April, who co-owns the store with her husband, Josh, greets visitors with a […]

Woman hand-roasting luwak beans. Photo courtesy of McKay Savage.
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Indonesian Coffee Culture: Drinking Cat-Poo-Chino In Bali

Bali, Indonesia. Prior to visiting, I pictured its white sand beaches as a haven for honeymooners and a hot spot for surfers.  While all of this exists on the southern end of the island, there are also areas where one can get away from the sunscreen-slathered tourists. This is what […]