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Becoming a “Wine Expert.” It Ain’t Easy.

Remember maps? Those were the big paper things you consulted before the days of “Hey Siri, give me the directions to Walmart.”
Two wines

Photo (and Video) Story – Learning Sommelier Stuff

Nearly all of us are looking forward to having a career in wine, whether it’s being a floor sommelier, winery owner, or a writer and educator. The latter would be me.
Betony Faustin, Abbey Creek

The Color of Wine – 2016

Don't get me wrong; my day-to-day interactions with folks in the wine trade have been terrific and I *feel* the respect once we get started talking about/tasting/studying wine. They know I know my shit and that I'm open to learning when I don't.

Wine Certifications, Racial Politics, and Me

I was raised in a beer and spirits environment (North Philly isn't exactly known for its wine culture), but when I discovered wine, I was hooked and fell madly in love.

I, Sommelier – My Introductory Sommelier Exam Adventure

My happy over-achiever psyche is gnashing because I really do want to know where I finished. I’m used to 90s and above, so this makes me crazy. But don’t get me wrong…I passed! I'm happy!

Paso Robles Cab Collective Wine Trail. ish.

I won't name any names, but I recently spoke with a Master Sommelier whose lip actually curled (!!!) when talking about Paso Robles Cabs. Was that a sneer or what?!?