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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 [...]

Profile: Marcus Boyle of Tippling Club, Singapore

It’s no secret that Singapore is a food lover’s dream: laksa, Hainan chicken rice, roti prata, chili crab…the list goes on. And that’s only at the hawker food market centers scattered around the city-state. [...]

Vino247 Profile: Maxwell Leer of Bestia, LA

The first image that emerged in my mind when wine director Maxwell Leer presented me with the wine list during a recent dinner at Bestia in Los Angeles was the map. This wasn’t a grand map [...]

Somm Q&A: Christopher Birnie-Visscher of db Bistro Moderne, Miami

Just because South Florida conjures up images of another afternoon with swaying palm trees in Margaritaville and overpriced Caipirinhas in clubs focused more on the scene (cue the thud-thud techno), Miami’s wine culture is now as [...]

Sommelier Q&A: Germain Michel of Amélie, SF

The Polk Street corridor of San Francisco stretches from the edges of the rougher Tenderloin District to the bottom of Russian Hill, one of the city’s more elite residential neighborhoods. Somehow Polk Street connecting the two [...]

Somm Q & A: Guillaume Issaverdens of Bouche

No, Rosé isn’t the only type of wine they drink in Provence as much as those lifestyle magazines want you to think they do. Guillaume Issaverdens—originally from the small town of Le Lavandou—and his fellow Provençal [...]

NY ‘At Rest’ Law Threatens Fine Wine Choice

The two biggest players appear to be at it again to push out the small and medium sized wholesalers that bring a wealth of fine wine options to New York Consumers. The “At Rest” law would [...]