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WSET 2 with Distinction – The Experience

While I know a lot about wines, I want to have more of those handy postnominals to prove to a skeptical world that I know my stuff.

Failure is Great: The Journey to Becoming a Certified Sommelier

I discovered that failure is a great tool to extract the best mental character within to overcome obstacles and reach your objectives.

Ernest Hemingway, Wine, and Albariño

While I've had a few New World (i.e., other than Europe) Albariños that have been very good, none quite meet the high bar set by Albariños that come from Rías Baixas, Spain, especially from the Val do Salnés region.

Having a (Really) Bad Day – and WSET2 Results!

I’m happy to announce that I passed the Wines and Spirits Education Trust Level II with Distinction!

Updates – Finally. Going Forward!

I can finally focus on my one true love - Wine and Stuff (okay. more than one true love. whatever).

In Search of English Wines

I have been to the UK on many occasions, and I even lived there for a while.  However, I realized that I had never had an English wine.

My Day in Paso Robles. Yes. One Day.

The fragrance of rain-washed air can't be beaten by anything, and the sleep that I got - squeaky mattress notwithstanding - was some of the best I've had in ages.

Ernest Hemingway, Wine, and Albariño

While I've had a few New World (i.e., other than Europe) Albariños that have been very good, none quite meet the high bar set by Albariños that come from Rías Baixas, Spain, especially from the Val do Salnés region.

DTH* – My New Muse Wine, 2017 Justin Rosé

I often get confused looks when I ask my friends what do they do with leftover wine. Apparently, that’s a foreign concept.

2007 Wind Gap Nebbiolo – Can Cali Finally Compete?

Could Nebbiolo be my secret affair wine? Am I cheating on Pinot Noir?

My Day in Paso Robles. Yes. One Day.

The fragrance of rain-washed air can't be beaten by anything, and the sleep that I got - squeaky mattress notwithstanding - was some of the best I've had in ages.

Is Las Vegas Losing Her NYE Mojo? We’re Number FIVE?!? WTF!

By the way, the least expensive place to spend NYE on a budget is Gilbert, AZ. I know. Me neither.

PNFS* – And There’s More Just for Locals!

There are more projects in the pipeline, and we're going to be inundated. Get used to it. It's good for the economy and for jobs. Okay. Whatever.

Honeymoon, Africa, Cape Town, and Wine! (Part eight)

Along the way we were serenaded by the grunts of hippos in the water, the trumpets of elephants on shore, and the toots of Egyptian geese flying overhead.

Enameled Cast Iron Cookware – Landhaus, etc., Review!

I haven’t burned anything in it which considering that I’m using my (fabulous, amazing, glorious) BlueStar range.

Ernest Hemingway, Wine, and Albariño

While I've had a few New World (i.e., other than Europe) Albariños that have been very good, none quite meet the high bar set by Albariños that come from Rías Baixas, Spain, especially from the Val do Salnés region.

Old Vegas Dining is Alive and Well!

I highly encourage anyone who loves Italian food to try this vintage hidden gem.

DTH* – My New Muse Wine, 2017 Justin Rosé

I often get confused looks when I ask my friends what do they do with leftover wine. Apparently, that’s a foreign concept.

2007 Wind Gap Nebbiolo – Can Cali Finally Compete?

Could Nebbiolo be my secret affair wine? Am I cheating on Pinot Noir?

Honeymoon, Africa, Cape Town, and Wine! (Part eight)

Along the way we were serenaded by the grunts of hippos in the water, the trumpets of elephants on shore, and the toots of Egyptian geese flying overhead.
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