• One Master's Thoughts on How To Prepare for the Advanced Sommelier Examination

    Back in 2010, before the current dizzying attention received by the sommelier profession and its various preparatory programs, and before I earned my current role as Examination Director, I wrote a "blurb" here about how to tackle preparing for upper-level certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers. I had (mostly) forgotten it until someone recently found it in the Guild's archives and told me they liked…
    • 7 Jan 2016
  • The Joy of the Sommelier Shindig

    The Seattle Sommelier Shindig ('96 Magnum of Drouhin-Laroze Bonnes Mares courtesy of The Guild of Sommeliers)

    Please, just humor me for a moment and take a quick peruse of the following wines:

    02 Coche-Dury Meursault AC    96 Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Bordeaux  00 Gaja Costa Russi Langhe Nebbiolo    94 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains    96 Drouhin-Laroze “Bonnes Mares Grand Cru” Chambolle-Musigny En …

    • 20 Aug 2009