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Category: Food and Wine

To deepen their appreciation of this age-old elixir, wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts are turning to wine tasting classes. You’ll get to refine your palate, learn about different wine varietals, and learn about the world of wine in these classes led by industry experts and sommeliers.I’ve seen firsthand how wine education is growing as a wine […]

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Over several weeks, I had multiple conversations with an AI on how it would create the perfect robot sommelier. This essay is a collaboration between it and myself. Various industries are being redefined by artificial intelligence in a world driven by technological advancements. The ability of AI to process and aggregate vast amounts of data […]

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Have you ever wondered whether a wine that smells of sun-ripened peaches came from a vineyard next to an orchard? Or whether the chalky note in an Old World wine sprang right from the soil into your glass? Where do the scents found in wine come from?Given how little we know about the mechanics of taste […]

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Ah, the classic Sideways. I am a professional sommelier, and I won’t lie. I’ve watched every wine movie that has ever come out, even the romantic comedies. Why? Because when you’re into wine, you want to know all about it, and you want it to be part of every aspect of your life. Of course, […]

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Although a lot of ink has been spilled over diversity in the wine trade, our industry seems to be exempt from much of the #blacklivesmatter and #metoo social movements. Sadly, almost nothing has changed since highly damning news reports started coming out regarding racism and sexual violence at the Court of Master Sommeliers. Old Boys […]

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Wine has been a hot topic for millennia, entwined with our culture like no other libation. Wine is fun, engaging, desirable, and posh; it’s the one drink you must study to understand fully. Whether we talk about provenance or grape varieties, wine producers or vintage variations, terroir, or technology, the wine universe is immense.It’s no […]

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Online Wine ClassesOnline wine classes are nothing new. Highly respected wine institutions like Wine Spectator and the University of California at Davis have offered online courses for years. Interest in such programs was initially high, but these programs did not attract a large audience. The truth was they were clunky and confusing for the end-user. […]

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When you get bitten by the wine bug, you can’t stop thinking of the precious buzzy liquid. Wine is complex and satisfying because it’s about learning and learning some more; the more you know about wine and its nuances, the more you can enjoy each glass.If you think about it, wine is everywhere, from hotels to […]

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The influence of French cuisine in our culture is undeniable. It has inspired chefs around the world for generations. As interpreted by talented chefs like Escoffier and Bocuse, classic French cuisine will never go out of fashion. Distinct regions divide France, each with deeply rooted cooking traditions. But one thing unites them all: wine. Whether we’re […]

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Pairing food and wine is an innovative endeavor. Experimentation is part of mastering this exquisite craft, yet some pairings are so good that we go back to them again and again.These are the classic food and wine pairings, and although they’re not written in stone, consider them your culinary loadstars. Classics are known to spark […]

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Food and Wine Pairing Basics for the Aspiring SommelierPairing food and wine is one of the most exciting tasks for a sommelier. But it is also challenging: it takes a serious amount of expertise and experience to perform at the highest level. The best time to study this craft is while earning your L4 sommelier […]

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Appetizers or hors d’oeuvres are small dishes designed to be appreciated before dinner. They awaken the appetite and build anticipation for the main event. It is customary to have an ample array of appetizers in a formal setting; however, these can be as simple as pigs in a blanket or as lavish as imperial Russian […]

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Pinot Noir: the most challenging cultivar of them all Although a delicious, fruity, light wine – the Pinot Noir grape is so delicate due to its sensitive skin that burns quickly, making fungus and rots a real threat. On top of that, Pinot Noir doesn’t offer as much yield as other varietals – which is […]

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Do you need a better understanding of some of the bizarre things that occur when it comes to wine? Have a burning wine question? Have you often felt trapped during a wine conversation because you had no idea what they were talking about?  Do you have a burning wine question? Keep reading; we’ll help you out!At […]

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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most planted wine varietals in the world, and with good reason. When produced correctly, it is naturally a full, grippy, full-bodied wine with excellent aging potential. This mighty grape is also relatively easy to grow and is used for some of the world’s best brands and blends.So what would […]

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The Napa Valley Needs Your Help  Photo: V. Sattui Winery under blue skies on Friday, October 20, 2017 WHY:  The nightly images of the devastation broadcasted around the world have given the impression that damage to wineries and vineyards was widespread.  It was not.Of the nearly 500 wineries in the Napa Valley, only 7 wineries were severely damaged […]

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Washington, DC (October 16, 2017)— This November, recipients of the 14th Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWOCA) presented by Wines of Chile will be formally announced at a special event in Washington, DC. The judging of more than 300 wines took place in early September in San Francisco during a two-day blind tasting with 27 judges from all sides of the […]

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You have probably been among friends or acquaintances and the conversation has been about whether you like to cook or bake. And, you probably have responses that are decisively one way or the other. The typical response is baking is considered a science and cooking is an art. There is definitely a psychology underneath the […]

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Origin Pizza Piena Some of us call it pita or stuffed pie, but the real name for this delicious Italian dish is pizza piena. While this is typically made around the holidays, and particularly Easter, the coming fall helps to recall the tradition of this dish and family and thus worth a mention as we […]

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A place on the top of your list to visit in Philadelphia (Philly) is the Reading Terminal Market. Established in 1892, it is situated at 12th and Arch Streets and is the country’s oldest continuously operated farmers’ market. Despite weathering the ups and downs of the economy over the years, it is still one of […]

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