In this episode of the Tasting with GuildSomm series, longtime member Ryan Robinson speaks with Emily Nixon about the development of his blind tasting methods, how to find mentors and study groups, and how he became the first Idaho resident to pass the CMS Advanced Exam. Ryan also leads a blind tasting of one wine; can you discern the grape, region, and vintage based on Ryan's description?
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Ryan Robinson is the Wine Director at Cornerstone Hospitality Group in Connecticut and an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Originally from Idaho, Ryan is pursuing the Master Sommelier Diploma and has concurrently completed the WSET Diploma. In-between studying and working the floor, Ryan teaches Wine Appreciation and Top Shelf Beverages at the University of New Haven. Outside of the world of wine, Ryan can be found teaching spinning classes or hanging out with his Frenchie, Winston. Find him on Instagram at @sommryan.
Thank you GuildSomm, Ryan. I am 2 weeks into the Intensive Sommelier Training at the ICE in New York.