Wine Review, Wine Tasting

2000 Chateau Musar Red

One of the benefits of being in WSET Level 3 is the wines I get to taste each week. A standout and eye-opener I had on Tuesday was a 2000 Chateau Musar Red. The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon’s high altitude Bekaa Valley for…

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Current Events, Wine Tasting

Is Wine Tasting Out of Control?

Going to a winery tasting room used to mean a day of relaxation while sipping a glass of wine, taking in the view, and maybe listening to acoustic music that complements the atmosphere. Wine tasting meant learning about the wines and where they came from with a little wine education thrown in for good measure. You were entertained by your…

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Wine Tasting, WSET Education

What is Blind Wine Tasting?

On January 23, I start the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 3 Award in Wines. It is a high-level course in wines for those working with wines or the serious wine enthusiast. According to WSET 3, “This course will develop to a high-level your ability to describe wine accurately, and account in detail for the style, quality and price of wines. Our…

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Wine Tasting

Tasting Room Etiquette: From A Tasting Room Manager

When you work in the wine industry, you’ve seen a thing or two when it comes to wine tastings. Below are some of my Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to wine tasting etiquette. DO: Insist you only like Italian wine, do a tasting, and proclaim loudly after each taste that it’s nothing like Italian wine. Of course not, it’s…

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Wine Tasting

Tolino Vineyards…Cabernet Franc or Not?

I have a love/hate relationship with Cabernet Franc, yet I own six bottles of it. There must be something about the varietal that is drawing me in. In celebration of the first annual #CabFrancDay on December 4th, I felt required to taste four of the six Cabernet Francs that I owned. I know…it’s a hardship. The four I tasted (reviews…

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Inspiration, Wine Tasting

Stop Playing It Safe

A couple in their mid-30’s walked into the winery one day to do a tasting. The man, who I’ll refer to as Guy, strode up to the bar with the woman, who I’ll refer to as Bibi, on his arm. He immediately asked me, before I even had a chance to say anything, if we had Italian-style wine. I replied…

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