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Sommelier for Hire

Sommelier for Hire

We talk a lot about wine education here for obvious reasons, but there’s also wine for entertainment. Corporate wine dinners, pairing parties, birthday and holiday events, or even at-home dinner parties – each a great opportunity to share a variety of wines among friends and colleagues. But how do you pick the wines? You can […]

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Bringing Out the Wine Expert in You

Bringing Out the Wine Expert in You

Kristy Wenz Last month at Bon Appetit’s Chicago Gourmet, the wine seminars hosted by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the American Wine School featured several sessions on tasting and blind tasting. Wine is often perceived as intimidating, particularly when ordering wine from an extensive list in a restaurant, shopping at the local wine store, […]

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Chicago Gourmet Top 10 Takeaways

Chicago Gourmet Top 10 Takeaways

Top 10 Takeaways from the Wine Experts at Chicago Gourmet 2019 Kristy Wenz The interest in wine knowledge and wine education is on the rise. In fact, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), now in its 50th year, has seen year-over-year increases in candidates every academic school year in the past nine-year period, with […]

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Australian Wines – Far From Ordinary

Australian Wines – Far From Ordinary

Kristy Wenz Most wine drinking consumers are familiar with Australian wines, but how familiar are we really? Often the first wine to come to mind is an Australian Shiraz – those big, full-body, fruit-forward, spicy wines that took hold of the U.S. market in the early 2000s. However, let’s think about that phrase for a […]

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Aussie Wine Month

Aussie Wine Month

In 2008, I was lucky enough to enter (and win) a wine competition organized by Wines Australia. The winners, there were 5 of us, were treated to an educational journey to Australia to explore the major wine regions from coast to coast. Since that time, I have returned to Aussie land just about every two […]

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Non-Alcoholic Wine

Non-Alcoholic Wine

In recent times, I have found myself looking to lower the amount of alcohol I consume – for no other reason than I can feel myself getting older and believe the time to be concerned about longevity has arrived. In doing so, I work to increase the number of alcohol-free days each month by sipping […]

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Zoning in on Priorat

Zoning in on Priorat

Several years ago, I attended a wine conference in Priorat, Spain designed to re-introduce wine professionals around the globe to the historic region. Four sun-drenched days and many sips later, I was hopelessly in love. Hands down one of the most stunning and heroic wine regions in the world, the rugged terrain of Priorat (and […]

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Spanish Springtime Sippers

Spanish Springtime Sippers

While Spain’s sun-drenched reds have garnered international attention decades, the country’s native whites are on the rise with plenty of varieties on retail shelves just in time for spring to summer sipping. Grown in the cooler “green region” of Rias Baixas, Albarino (a native grape variety) lays claim to some of the country’s best whites. […]

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For Sake’s Sake

For Sake’s Sake

This week kicks off Sake Week in London: A fact I find very interesting – mainly because I adore introducing friends to Sake. This past New Year’s Eve, my husband and I hosted a dinner for 8 of our friends. We dubbed the event “Dinner of the Decades” to welcome in the last year of the […]

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