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A guide to what’s good, bad, & questionable in wine titles

by  |  16-07-2019

Long gone are the days of a bellied, middle-aged white man proclaiming himself a wine expert because well, he likes wine and wants to tell you about what he likes. No, we’ve reached an age... more » Long gone are the days of a bellied, middle-aged white man proclaiming... more »

Blind tasting and finding typicity in DOQ Priorat

by  |  07-03-2019

What do you call a group of blind wine tasters? A “fool”, a group of blind wine tasters is called a fool. I am an itinerant member of one such fool in Barcelona and the... more » What do you call a group of blind wine tasters? A “fool”,... more »
Is the little man in the glass saying, "Please stop?" Undoubtedly.

A review of “SOMM 3”

by  |  15-02-2019

The gang behind the original SOMM documentary that was a sleeper hit back in 2012 (yeah, seven years ago...) have come back with yet another installment for our viewing pleasure. What's curious about all things... more » The gang behind the original SOMM documentary that was a sleeper hit... more »
Bye bye Ah-So, we had a good run

Dealing with Diam, a healthy appetite for Ah-So?

by  |  16-05-2018

I’m not sure as to the total number of wine bottles I personally open each year but it’s to the tune of several thousand. When you’re dealing with anything on that scale, whether it be... more » I’m not sure as to the total number of wine bottles I... more »
A four-step approach

How to open wine with a wax capsule

by  |  05-11-2017

We have entered the Age of the Wax-Dipped Wine as a number of cellars have started using this method of cork covering in lieu of the more well-known metal capsule. I’ve heard some say that... more » We have entered the Age of the Wax-Dipped Wine as a number... more »

Online quizzes to help pass CMS Sommelier Levels 1 & 2

by  |  16-09-2017 ~ 1 Comment

For those studying up for the Court of Master Sommeliers exams, it can be frustrating to have a sense of what point your knowledge may be at. Sure, you can answer all your flash cards... more » For those studying up for the Court of Master Sommeliers exams, it... more »

Not all Ah-So’s are created equal

by  |  01-07-2017 ~ 4 Comments

The Ah-So is that prongy thing in the back of the utensil draw that most people don't even know the name of. Theories abound about the name but the more important fact is that it's... more » The Ah-So is that prongy thing in the back of the utensil... more »

Review of SOMM: Into the Bottle

by  |  01-09-2016

Some might wonder the logic in reviewing a film that came out eight months previous but in the case of SOMM: Into the Bottle, it was mainly because I wanted to reflect on it a... more » Some might wonder the logic in reviewing a film that came out... more »

What is the “Guild of Sommeliers”?

by  |  20-02-2016

When I set down the path of sommelier studies something that was really confusing me (beyond my initial question to do WSET or CMS) was this thing called the Guild of Sommeliers. This was in... more » When I set down the path of sommelier studies something that was... more »

Ronan Sayburn on “natural” wine

by  |  14-01-2016

Often people ask, “What’s the difference between a Master Sommelier and a Master of Wine?” Well, one certification is about expert wine service and the other about expert wine studies. They both need to know... more » Often people ask, “What’s the difference between a Master Sommelier and a... more »