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Masters and Merlot

Oh hey now I’m a certified somm! I went and took the Court of Master Sommeliers’ certified test this last Wednesday. I only told my friend who was helping me practice I was doing the test, as I wasn’t sure I’d pass. 383 more words


Wine Sharks: Introductory exam

Hands are sweaty. Click. Long sigh. Now, to wonder. I’m stepping into another world: registering for the Court of Master Sommeliers’ first level course and exam, called ‘Introductory.’ The requisite 200-page workbook covers a vast amount of info: the entire world of wine, beer, sake and spirits; service, salesmanship, and hospitality; and the deductive tasting method.  1,463 more words

Savvy sommelier shares passion with people of color

The American wine industry has experienced steady growth over the last ten years, recording an estimated $60 billion in retail sales in 2016. As sophisticated consumers increasingly choose wine as a beverage of choice, … 438 more words


Court of Master Sommeliers!!!!

That’s me and a Master Somm!

I passed another test. Intro level of the Court Masters. I got the highest score in the class. Sitting there while they called out the names of everyone else that passed, having a heart attack wondering if somehow I didn’t pass, was scary. 37 more words


Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

A friend of mine, Gwendolyne Willis, who writes Philly Wine and Beer blog, recommended the book, Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker to me. As I’m always looking for new wine books to read, I ordered it right away. 536 more words

Lu Yang has become the first master sommelier from China. Hong Kong-based Lu, the corporate director of wine for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts during the past five years, was born in Xinjiang, spent his teenage years in Shanghai, and studied in Canada, where he earned a degree in viticulture from Niagara College in 2007. 329 more words

Still Wine

The trilemma of primary, secondary and tertiary aromas

It’s generally accepted that we have three choices when defining wine aromas, they are categorized as primary, secondary or tertiary. Yet in practice, many common aromas can be attributed to two of these categories. 187 more words