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A review of “Uncorked” (2020)

by  |  28-03-2020 ~ 2 Comments

When a friend of mine opened "The Barrel Room" in San Francisco I asked her, "What's the background on the name? Big barrel fan?" She just shrugged, sighed, and said, "There's really no point trying... more » When a friend of mine opened "The Barrel Room" in San Francisco... more »

Woe be the soul who must memorize declared years of Vintage Ports

by  |  13-03-2020

A less glamorous aspect of advanced wine studies–especially when it comes to the of the Court of Master Sommeliers–is the requirement to have at the ready, all the years where Vintage Ports were declared. “Oh... more » A less glamorous aspect of advanced wine studies–especially when it comes to... more »

Judging the “Best Cava Sommelier” of 2019

by  |  14-11-2019

One can’t claim that the DO Cava hasn’t been active over the last few months. An important reason for the new boost is having a new president. Another is having changed up their communications department,... more » One can’t claim that the DO Cava hasn’t been active over the... more »
Cartoon by Mike Lester: mikelester.com

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 ~ 2 Comments

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

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 »
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