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Sommelier Training @ The Intl. Culinary Center, CA

In the International Culinary Center in Campbell, California’s (near San Jose) Intensive Sommelier Training course, you taste wine blind as a warm up. No, this isn’t just tasting wine casually as if you’re cruising Napa in [...]

Reality TV Comes to Winemaking With New Series

The highly technical craft of winemaking is about to enter popular culture with an engaging competitive reality TV series, BEST BOTTLE. Amateur, aspiring and established winemaker contestants will pit their skills against one another to make [...]

Burgundy in Six Minutes

What is Burgundy? Probably the most complicated wine region in the world, and surely one of the most famous and highly regarded. Oh, and did I mention one of the most expensive, even at the low [...]

Sherryfest West Brings Jerez to San Francisco

It sure seemed a lot like Jerez last week in San Francisco. That’s not because afternoon high temperatures soared into the 80’s (unheard of in the city where July temperatures barely reach 60 degrees). But, because [...]

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014 Live

Canada's premiere food and wine festival is up and running this week through Sunday. Kristof Gillese, Vino247 Contributing Editor, will be covering the festival and attending a mix of festival events on his live Twitter feed. [...]

Bordeaux in Three Minutes

What is Bordeaux? It's one of the largest and most famous wine regions in the world. More precisely, it's in southwest France on the Atlantic coast and extends inland along the Gironde river. Its also [...]

2000 Bordeaux Tasting

The Wine Tasting Circle of Vancouver Vancouver in August can be a garden of riches; the surf rolling gently into Spanish Banks, the warm glow of fading sunlight bathing West Vancouver in the evening, and of [...]

Bullish on the Wines of Toro

Worldwide interest in the wines of Toro took off in 2001 with the launch of the 1998 Numanthia Toro red and the high scores it received from Robert Parker Jr., wine’s most influential critic at the [...]

Talking about Tannins – What are they?

One term that sometimes trips up wine newcomers is “tannins”. It’s also one of those words people use to make fun of wine snobs. And why not, since people who show off by throwing around a [...]