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Quirky Travel: Top 15 Unusual Wine Tastings And Experiences Around The World

Quirky Travel: Top 15 Unusual Wine Tastings And Experiences Around The World

Do you love wine but are tired of traditional wine tastings? Bored of dry crackers, stiff stools at wine bars and snobbish sommeliers? Spice up the way you experience wine with the world’s top unusual experiences centered around fermented grapes. […]

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: How To Truly Appreciate (And Understand) Champagne

“Champagne is the only wine made in the world that will make your legs shake,” exclaimed Robert Ross Moody, Chairman of the Sommelier Society of America since 1999, excitedly. If you’ve read my previous Sommelier Certification Series posts, you’ll know […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Truffle, Olives And Sangiovese: The Epicure’s Guide To Tuscany

There are few destinations in the world more synonymous with gastronomy than Tuscany. Chianti Classico wine, rich olive oil, flavors that come from fragrant herbs and spices, crusty breads, decadent truffle and Pecorino cheeses are just a few of the […]

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Flavors Of The Middle East: Organic Wine Pairing In Jordan

“Jordan is actually a very old wine country. They discovered vines from Petra from 2,000 years ago.” I’m at Zumot Winery, owned by Mr. Omar Zumot, near downtown Amman sampling the organic Saint George Wine of Jordan. The space is […]