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Somms Are Obsessed with a ‘Cult’ Wine Bottled by a Fringe Religious Group

Somms Are Obsessed with a ‘Cult’ Wine Bottled by a Fringe Religious Group

A smattering of under-the-radar, late-1990s Cabernet Sauvignons from the Sierra Foothills have started appearing on top wine lists in the past several months. The 1997 vintage of Taken from Granite, the California label in question, is available by the bottle at New York City fine dining restaurants Union Square Cafe and Momofuku Ko.

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Stop Telling Me to Drink Sweet Wine Just Because I’m a Woman of Color

Stop Telling Me to Drink Sweet Wine Just Because I’m a Woman of Color

It starts out innocently enough. I’m at dinner with friends. The waitress comes to ask what we’d like to drink. I place my drink order: whiskey neat. That’s when the waitress leans in and asks if I wouldn’t prefer something sweeter, like maybe a Moscato, or a Sauvignon Blanc. I politely decline and continue on […]

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How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

Catholic churches need wine. It’s written in the Code of Canon Law that uncorrupted grape wine be served during communion. But sacramental wine is more than just fermented juice; it’s a stand-in for the blood of Christ and his sacrifice. And in America, the history of this sacred wine, and the destiny of those who make it, was ironically shaped […]

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Why I Hate Female Sommeliers and So Should You

Why I Hate Female Sommeliers and So Should You

You would be forgiven for thinking that we are living in a marvelous time for women in the wine industry. With headlines like “The Rise of the Female Sommeliers” and “Sex and the Sommelier: Make Way for Women,” women are showing up everywhere. From “13 Badass Female Winemakers” to “New York City’s Pioneering Female Sommeliers,” […]

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How To Become A Sommelier According To Somms Themselves

How To Become A Sommelier According To Somms Themselves

From afar, the lifestyle of the successful sommelier looks quite glamorous, featuring perks such as access to a cellar full of Champagne, and with opportunities to show off one’s skills, such as adeptly pouring a magnum with one hand or detailing the weather conditions of a particular vintage from memory. But how does one actually […]

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