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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 […]

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

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 […]

Sommelier Certification: A Guide To New World Southern Hemisphere Wines

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 […]

Sommelier Certification: Notes On Deductive Tasting During An Exam

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 […]

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Sommelier Certification: How To Taste Wine Like A Pro

This is the first article in an original Epicure & Culture series, “Sommelier Certification,” where I will be documenting my experience obtaining a sommelier certification (as long as I pass) through the Sommelier Society of America. My goal is to […]

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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 […]

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Sommelier Certification: Portuguese Wine Beyond Port (Plus Some Smaller Old World Standouts)

“Who drank wine yesterday?” asks Costas Mouzouras, the director of wines at New York City’s Gotham Wines and our teacher for today’s Sommelier Society of America class on Portugal. A few hands go up and he shakes his head, a […]

Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Delicious World Of Italian Wine

Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Delicious World Of Italian Wine

“Do you know what Italians do when they eat? They drink wine. Do you know what Italians do when they drink wine? They eat. It goes hand in hand.” We’re into the Italy portion of my sommelier certification course with […]

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Sommelier Certification: Exploring Spanish Wine From Sparkling Cavas To Elegant Rioja Reds

“Spain is a very small country that could fit nicely into Texas. That being said, it’s one of the most diverse in Europe, with different cultures, dialects, climates and, most important to us, cuisines.” Today’s sommelier certification course with the […]

Sommelier Certification: Austrian Wine Country, Where Grüner Veltliner Reigns King

Sommelier Certification: Austrian Wine Country, Where Grüner Veltliner Reigns King

Last week I told you about my sommelier certification course through the Sommelier Society of America on German wine. Part of that class — taught by German wine expert Rudi Eilers — was also on Austrian wine. Austria is a […]