• Champagne and the Ruinart Challenge

    In this episode,  hosts Ruinart Chef de Cave, . They discuss the storied past of the Ruinart estate within the broader context of Champagne's history, as well as how the region continues to develop as its producers look to the future. Frédéric also gives a preview of this year's Ruinart Challenge lecture, centered on the topic of cork.  
    All active GuildSomm…
    • 10 May 2022
  • Tasting with GuildSomm: Why Do We Blind Taste?

    We're adding a regular tasting series to the GuildSomm podcast! In addition to our monthly wine topics, we'll be releasing monthly podcast episodes devoted to the theme of tasting. We'll cover a wide spectrum of tasting subjects, including blind tasting study methods, challenging comparatives, full-length tasting sessions with GuildSomm members, and more.

    To kick off the first episode in this new series, Director…

    • 26 Apr 2022
  • Food & Wine Pairing

    In this episode,  discusses pairing food and wine with Master Sommeliers Andrea Robinson and Max Kast. They cover their basic guidelines for selecting pairings, share some favorite pairings that are consistently successful, and offer advice on pairings to avoid. 
    Toward the end of her conversation with Chris, Andrea offers an unlikely Cabernet pairing suggestion for non-meat eaters. Find her vegan…
    • 12 Apr 2022
  • Emerging Wine Regions: Michigan & Southwest USA

    In this episode, we continue our Emerging Wine Regions series and explore several states producing wines off the beaten path in the United States. First,  interviews Master Sommelier  about the wines produced across Michigan. Madeline is famously the first American woman to pass the Master Sommelier exam, and has witnessed the Michigan wine industry develop since she began her career…
    • 15 Mar 2022
  • Rum

    In this episode, Master Sommelier  explores the vast world of rum. First, he interviews Shawn Martin, distillery manager of Papa's Pilar Rum in Key West, who discusses the production methods used to make myriad styles of rum. Then, Chris speaks with Ian Burrell, the global rum ambassador, about rum's origins in the Caribbean, how the colonial power of the Royal Navy informs the legacy of rum, and how the…

    • 20 Jan 2022
  • Emerging Wine Regions: Vermont & The Finger Lakes

    In this episode, we explore two wine regions in the northeastern United States. While Vermont and northern New York State are both located in the extremes of viticultural viability, both regions have emerged as hubs of quality wine production.  interviews Master Sommelier  about his winemaking venture in northwestern Vermont and then speaks with Meaghan Frank about her family's multi-generational…

    • 13 Oct 2021
  • Remembering Becky Wasserman

    In light of Becky Wasserman’s passing last month, we are rereleasing this 2019 conversation Becky had with our staff writer, . Becky had a profound impact on the careers, palates, and personal lives of wine professionals across the globe. She will be remembered as a champion of the underdog and a pioneer who opened wine industry doors for small producers, for women, and for Burgundy.

    At the end of the…

    • 17 Sep 2021
  • Rosé & Orange Wines

    In this episode, the GuildSomm team delves into rosé wines and white wines made with skin contact. First,  interviews Master of Wine  about all things rosé. They discuss pink wine's varied and often misunderstood production methods, whether a rosé's color connotes quality, and Elizabeth's recommendations for emerging rosé-producing regions. Later, 

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