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New on GuildSomm: Champagne Podcast, Group Study Chats, What To Do About Merlot

October 09, 2013

This is one of the most exciting times of the year in the world of wine! Harvest is underway (or even complete), the holidays are around the corner, and it's an outstanding time to get turned onto new wine discoveries. Lots of exciting new features and content are being discussed online; we hope to see you and hear from you there soon!

New features:

New Group Chats - In a continued effort to bring our members together, we've rolled out a new chat feature! This is an excellent way to host online group study sessions and to trade Q&As live. Get started!

"I always thought that Las Vegas would be the last place I would ever end up working. That's where sommeliers go to die..." shares Jason Smith MS before giving big props to today's Vegas wine scene. Our latest Sommelier Spotlight features thoughts from Nick Hetzel MS, Will Costello, Clarissa Castillo, Kim Wood, Jeffrey Bencus and Catherine Morel. 

"South Africa has made leaps and bounds in the last 5 years. I was very, very impressed with the restraint and elegance," asserts Chris Tanghe MS in a summary of London's Beautiful South tasting featuring South African wines that wowed 19 Guild members last month. 

"The French government approved the elevation of the Quarts de Chaume […]. Unfortunately the Grand Cru now faces a dubious legal challenge before France’s Supreme Court," explains Jim Budd, stirring up some controversy in his fourth Loire Valley feature. 

New Podcast: Champagne - Geoff Kruth MS travels to Champagne and interviews Ruinart's chef de cave, Frederic Panaiotis, on the Champagne process. 

New discussions:

What to do about Merlot - Is it time for a comeback for this post-Sideways maligned grape? What do you and your customers like/dislike about Merlot, and what can producers of it do to make it "cool" again?

Burgundy B-Sides - Everybody loves a great bottle of Rousseau or Coche, but what about affordable, everyday Burgundy? Share your favorites and check out the list of bottles other somms love lately. 

Sweetness Chart - Pssst, we're close to rolling out a new Tasting Study Guide! In the meantime, we have a little teaser for you in the form of a sweetness chart for various wines. 

Enrichment and scholarships:

Austria Masterclasses - Austria: so hot right now. From Grüner and Riesling to Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch, this country has quickly risen to wine world super power. Master Sommelier Andy McNamara will lead masterclasses in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tastings - Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth is hitting up Charleston, Seattle and San Diego this month with some great Châteauneuf and Tavel in tow. 

Fall Quarterly Blind Tasting Groups - We're back in eight cities this autumn for Master Sommelier-led blind tasting groups! If you're close to one of them and haven't signed up yet, we urge you to do so quickly! They are selling out fast. 

As always, we are honored to be a forum for education, discussion and inspiration in the sommelier and wine community. Thank you for your engagement online and at our events!


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