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Tag: Advanced Sommelier

There are eight points that all master somms must be able to accomplish when tasting wine.When we talk about “Master Somms” we are technically talking about Court of Master Sommeliers, since they own the copyright to the term Master Sommelier. However, in common parlance that means any Level V Graduate, which includes the Master of […]

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What is a Sommelier? Let’s Get to Brass TacksThe term  has two meanings:A Sommelier’s job is running the beverage program at a restaurant, with a focus on the wine list. A less sexy name for this job is “Beverage Manager.” The job actually predates restaurants: back in the Victorian era, a Sommelier was a servant […]

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Want to know how to order wine at a restaurant? One of our master sommeliers breaks it down for you.  Want to know more about wine? Check out our guide to wine schools in America.Ordering a bottle of wine at a restaurant is sometimes a very intimidating process for those who are not involved in the industry […]

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The use of scented oils to improve health has been around for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians famously used scented oils, as did the Persians and Greeks. Flowers and herbs were cultivated for use in all aspects of life, from hygiene to cooking to spiritual and physical wellbeing. For every milestone in life, there was […]

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Fake Sommelier?Not all sommeliers are trained to accurately taste wine.  This is what we call a  “fake sommelier. ”  After all, the core element of the job is to have a great palate.  If the job was just to bloviate, there would be a line of applicants out the door of every restaurant. Several dozen studies […]

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Origin Pizza PienaSome 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 head […]

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