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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 […]

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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: Understanding France’s Complex Burgundy Wine Region

“What’s something you find particularly confusing about Burgundy?” Today Mr. Jordan Ross, a wine writer and photographer with a degree from the University of California at Davis School of Enology & Viticulture, is teaching my sommelier certification class with the […]


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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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 […]