Tasting with Justyna Brewczyk and Michael Markarian

In this month’s tasting episode, GuildSomm Education Director MS  talks to  and  about their approaches to blind tasting. Justyna is a Houston-based WSET Diploma graduate and a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. She recently won the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge in Miami. Michael is the sommelier and beverage director for the H2 Collective restaurant group in Washington, DC, overseeing three French bistros. He is an Italian Wine Ambassador through the Vinitaly International Academy and an Advanced Sommelier.

Listen in as Justyna and Michael blind taste the same wine. See if you can guess along with them, and stay tuned until the end of the episode, when we reveal the wine they were tasting.

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In this episode:

Justyna Brewczyk

Justyna, originally from Poland, came to Houston on a volleyball scholarship to Rice University. After graduation, she worked in education before beginning to learn about wine and shifting to a career in the wine industry.

Justyna is a WSET Diploma graduate and a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. She recently won the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge in Miami. She hosts the podcast The Barmaid’s Tale.

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Michael Markarian

Michael is the sommelier and beverage director for the H2 Collective restaurant group in Washington, DC. He oversees the wine and beverage program for three French bistros, Chez Billy Sud, Cafe Colline, and Parc de Ville. 

Michael previously lived and studied in Tuscany, and he is an Italian Wine Ambassador through the Vinitaly International Academy. Michael is also an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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