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Advice for Students Taking the Certified Sommelier Examination

Advice for Students Taking the Certified Sommelier Examination

The Certified Sommelier Examination was introduced in December of 2005. Previously students who passed the MS Introductory examination could apply directly to the Advanced Course after waiting the required years’ time.  More often than not first time students did...
Classic Grape Variety Markers: White Grapes and Wines, Part II

Classic Grape Variety Markers: White Grapes and Wines, Part II

This is the second installment of markers for classic grapes and wines.  The last and initial post covered several of the most important white varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. This post will wrap up the major white varieties including the...
Classic Grapes Variety Markers: Red Grapes and Wines, Part II

Classic Grapes Variety Markers: Red Grapes and Wines, Part II

This is the fourth and final post of my list of markers for classic grapes and wines.  The last post included markers for Cabernet family grapes, Pinot Noir and Gamay. This final post will include markers for Rhône grapes and more.  As I’ve previously written, the...
The Beginning Taster: Challenges and Strategies Part I

The Beginning Taster: Challenges and Strategies Part I

Last week I was working with a corporate client leading a tasting for some 50 of their employees. The experience level in the group ranged from a few seasoned veterans to a larger group not much beyond the novice level.  As Iasked them to examine a particular wine I...

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