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Sommelier Articles

Back in 2013, we outsourced some of our writing to a self-described “Wine Writer” on Fiverr. We were curious as to what we would get for $5. This was the result.  Our apologies to everyone who attempts to read this opus to over-confidence.Wine ClassesAre you crazy about wines and want to learn about all the […]

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If you have had authentic Spaghetti alla Carbonara, you would know it and would never go back to the American style again! Most of us know it drowned in a heavy milk or cream base, with ham or bacon and maybe even peas, and although very good, leaves us with a heavy feeling for hours afterward.The […]

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Northern Italian Wines Italy is a country of multiplicity and it’s hard to make generalizations, especially for what concerns wine and food products produced in its northern regions. From the borders by the Alps to the northern coastal areas, the terroir changes dramatically.  From the Ligurian to the Adriatic seas,  elevation, climate, and landscapes determine a […]

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Soave Classico: Italian Wine Basics Italy is a country formed of 20 administrative regions, among which many DOC and DOCG areas can be distinguished, often overlapping one another across regional boundaries. Despite this, three administrative regions produce so many quality wines that they have become kinds of wine regions, too. They are Tuscany, Piedmont, and […]

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Why the wines of Santorini—what makes them special for a review? Well, it started with a trip to the beautiful island of Santorini in 1999 with my husband. Not only did we experience the breathtaking view of white cathedral-type structures atop mountains and blue skies, but the wine we were greeted with took us by […]

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Learn More About Master Sommeliers and CertificationSommelier Certification 101Reviews of Sommelier ProgramsSommelier Course Comparison ChartFor the current scandals plaguing the CMS –including charges of racism and sexual violence– please refer to this page:  Master Sommelier Scandals [Editor’s note: the following was written by a contributor to SOMM.  The author relied heavily on the original research done […]

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Wine School ReviewsHow good is your school?  Before you attend, make sure to check out our wine school reviews before you invest in your future.On this page, we go over how we rank schools and what criteria we use in judging each wine program. Each school is given a ranking on a hundred-point scale. This […]

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