In this month's tasting episode, MS Christopher Tanghe speaks with Alyssa Champagne and MS Jim Bube about their approaches to blind tasting. Alyssa is based in Boston and has worked in various capacities in restaurants and retail over the past decade. Jim is a Chicago-based Master Sommelier. He is the national wine director for the Hogsalt restaurant group as well as a board member and the treasurer of Second City Sommeliers.
After their conversations about tasting, listen in as Alyssa and Jim blind taste the same wine. See if you can guess the wine along with them! We will reveal what they were drinking in a future episode.
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Alyssa has worked in various facets of restaurant and retail over the past decade. She is currently working in corporate marketing and business development. Previously, she was the director of corporate partnerships at The Urban Grape in Boston. During the Covid shutdown, she took a winemaking internship in the Willamette Valley. Alyssa is a Certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
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Jim Bube is a Chicago-based Master Sommelier. He is the national wine director for the Hogsalt restaurant group as well as a board member and the treasurer of Second City Sommeliers. He is heavily involved in mentorship in the Chicago wine community. Jim was the second-place finisher in the 2016 National TopSomm competition and a winner of the 2017 GuildSomm Online Wine Competition.
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