Somm Spotlight

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The Impact of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Transaction

Few people have impacted the wine industry in the last twenty years like wine critic, Robert Parker. His influence and palate helped create meta trends like the cult wine craze in the late 1990’s and a new style of wine affectionately referred to as “the Parker palate” where bigger, jammier wines are rewarded with high scores. Parker recently announced he would sell…

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Sommelier Spotlight: Steve Morey, MS

Master Sommelier, Steve Morey and I have been connected on Facebook for almost two years. We’ve spoken online from time to time, but had never met in person until this summer when we had a chance to meet for a beer in Sonoma. In today’s world of the Court of Master Sommeliers (captured in the new documentary entitled SOMM), Master Sommeliers…


Somm Spotlight: Michael Madrigale

  Michael Madrigale has been a busy guy. When he’s not popping corks on sick large bottles of wine at Bar Boulud & Boulud Sud and posting them to Instagram he’s winning awards like Wine Enthusiast’s Somm of the Year. Michael took a few moments to chat about being a sommelier and how social media fits into his job. He…


5 Ways Sommeliers Can Utilize Social Media

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of a sommelier is, “a waiter in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service : a wine steward.” According to the Court of Master Sommelier’s one of the reasons the Hospitality Industry needs (Master) Sommeliers is, “Master Sommeliers are committed to the very highest standards of service and quality customer care,…

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