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The Sommelier as Brand Is Taking Off Because People Are More Approachable Than Chateaux

The Sommelier as Brand Is Taking Off Because People Are More Approachable Than Chateaux

Recent scandals notwithstanding, there are more aspiring sommeliers today than ever before. Enrollment in the Court of Master Sommeliers is up “125 percent year over year,” according to Shayn Bjornholm, examination director in the Americas. These newly minted wine professionals are exploring careers that don’t necessarily involve tableside service or wearing a suit.

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San Francisco Somm Haley Guild Moore ‘Could Never Get Bored’ of Burgundy

San Francisco Somm Haley Guild Moore ‘Could Never Get Bored’ of Burgundy

While most of her peers were thinking about college or who they’d ask to senior prom, Haley Guild Moore already knew what she wanted to do in life. After experiencing a wine-paired tasting menu in Paris, then-17-year-old Moore decided she was going to pursue a career in hospitality. She studied hospitality management at San Diego […]

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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: What Wine Trend Needs to Die?

America is a large country, and so what’s popular in one geographic area might be unknown in another. Angelenos could tire of avocado toast (theoretically!) before it reaches Maine. And Texans find it adorable when New Yorkers struggle to pronounce “kolache.” Still, certain trends have legs. They travel across the country and, in some instances, […]

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We Asked 10 Sommeliers: How Can You Tell if Your Somm Is a Pro?

We Asked 10 Sommeliers: How Can You Tell if Your Somm Is a Pro?

Nothing about working in a restaurant is easy. Sommeliers and beverage professionals have especially challenging roles, balancing diners’ spoken and unspoken desires in a field rife with misinformation and insecurity. How, then, can you tell if your sommelier is a pro? We asked 10 beverage professionals to find out. A pro should be able to […]

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We Asked 10 Somms: Why Do You Love Italian Wine?

We Asked 10 Somms: Why Do You Love Italian Wine?

Among the great wine countries of the world, Italy is one of the most diverse. The sheer variety of grapes and styles offered within the country’s 20 regions can seem intimidating at first to those looking to master its nuances, but it’s also the reason why somms are continually intrigued by Italy’s wines. We asked […]

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For Rosé Drinkers, Is It Pale Pink or Nothing?

For Rosé Drinkers, Is It Pale Pink or Nothing?

America’s well-documented thirst for rosé is expanding, but our sight lines seem to be tapering off. Sales are robust, particularly for rosés from Provençe. In the decade between 2008 and 2017, the value of rosé exports from Provence to the United States increased by nearly 4,000 percent. It’s an astonishing success story for a category […]

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Sommelier Kim Prokoshyn Comes Clean About Her ‘Forever Wine’ and Love of Mezcal Margaritas

Sommelier Kim Prokoshyn Comes Clean About Her ‘Forever Wine’ and Love of Mezcal Margaritas

Like most of us who studied the humanities in college (hello, postcolonial studies), Kim Prokoshyn didn’t turn her art history degree into her career. At least, not directly. Prokoshyn is head sommelier at Scampi, a southern Italian restaurant that opened near Manhattan’s Union Square last December. Prior to that, she worked with mentor Patrick Cappiello […]

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