Hello San Francisco Somms,
Over the next few months, I plan to pour blind tasting flights for interested candidates on Wednesday afternoons in Union Square. I'm an Advanced Sommelier, and I'd love to help other sommeliers in the area who might benefit from practicing blind tasting. Anyone who is interested may participate, whether you have an exam coming up or you would just like some practice and coaching. I've worked with fairly small groups in the past, but the more the merrier; everyone benefits from seeing a multitude of tasting styles so feel free to invite anyone else you think might benefit.
Format: There are several formats that will potentially take place on a rotating basis, depending on the needs of the candidates. I am open to other suggestions from regular attendees, as well.
Cost: None. I will bring the wines, you just need to show up & work hard. If anyone would like to make a contribution to help me cover the cost of the wines, that would be appreciated, but not necessary. I learn a lot from working with you all, and helping someone pass their exam is payment enough!
Location & time: ENO Wine Bar, 320 Geary Street. 1:00pm on Wednesdays (if there is a strong push for another time frame, this can be moved)
The first session will be this coming Wednesday, the 8th of August. I will endeavor to continue on each Wednesday after that for the rest of the year as my schedule will allow.
If you would like to participate, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that I have a flight poured for you.
Thanks & I hope to see you soon. Blind tasting takes a lot of practice, so take every opportunity you can!
Thanks Thomas, this sounds very exciting and welcome. I've already replied by email.
Thomas held his first class today. It was outstanding. If you are in the Bay Area, want to improve your tasting skills, and this schedule works for you, I strongly encourage you to sign up for his future offerings.
Thanks for the endorsement! Good tasting today
The flight for this week was:
1. Domaine Laporte "Le Rochoy" Sancerre 2017
2. Domaine Weinbach Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling 2009
3. Ch de Fieuzal Pessac Leognan Blanc 2015
4. Felsina "Berardenga" Chianti Classico Riserva 2013
5. Balo Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014
6. Torbreck "Cuvée Juveniles" Barossa Shiraz 2011
you are awesome for doing this.
Looks like I'm a little late to the party, but this looks too good to pass up. Thomas, thank you for organizing this. I shall email you shortly.
The flight for this week:
1. Champalou, Vouvray Sec 2016
2. Gradis'Ciutta, Pinot Grigio, Collio 2016
3. Colomé, Torrontés, Salta 2016
4. Domaine Emile Cheysson, Chiroubles 2015
5. La Rioja Alta, "Viña Ardanza," Rioja Reserva 2008
6. Château d'Armailhac, Pauillac 5th Growth 2015
Having attended the second tasting, I am searching for words to express my appreciation. Thomas combines the knowledge of an advanced CMS certification along with patient coaching. For anybody trying to acquire the skill of descriptive tasting or wine theory, I highly recommend these tastings. I gave Thomas $30 to cover my share of the wine and yet still feel that I have short changed Thomas for his help.