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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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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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Sommelier Certification: Notes On Deductive Tasting During An Exam
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Sommelier Certification: Notes On Deductive Tasting During An Exam

“Blind tasting is not easy,” says Stephanie Frederick, our Sommelier Society of America instructor for today’s deductive wine tasting class. “Today there are New World producers making Old World styles and vice versa. It can be hard to figure out what’s happening.” While Ms. Frederick makes it clear the sommelier […]

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Madeira can be aged forever, even after being opened. Photo courtesy of Porto Bay Events.
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Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Dizzying World Of Fortified Wine

Stephanie Frederick, our instructor for today’s Sommelier Society of America fortified wines class, glances confused around the sparse room. “Either everyone is on vacation or they didn’t think fortified wines were important. Well they are and they will be on the test.” Today’s sommelier certification class is focused on classic […]

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