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education, education trust, Sommelier, training, wine, wine and spirits, wset -

Last night I took my Advanced Sommelier exam from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). It was a nearly three hour exam that included two blind tastings, 50 multiple choice questions, and 5 long answer sections. It covered parts of every winemaking region and style in the world. Now, with over 700 flash cards and weeks of studying later I can't say I passed with any amount of confidence. What I can say is that the program is fantastic. What is The Wine and Spirits Education Trust? WSET was founded in 1969 in in London, England to provide high quality education...

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$30, 4 bottles, bag in box, barbecue, bbq, box wine, charcoal, Deals, grill, Healthy, Inspiration, intruso, monastrell, pairing, picos de garay, pork, spain, spanish, summer, Under $30, Wine -

Barbecue Season is Here: Stock Accordingly In my lengthy experience as a backyard barbecue enthusiast I have always struggled to find the perfect match for the glorious charcoal infused fruits of my labor. Beer is always a solid choice but I want more from my meal and I want it delicious and I want it priced right. Well, this fun-time-grilling-guy has found his cookout darling.  3 Liters of Monastrell Magic   Not only fully certified Organic, this wine comes packed in a BPA free, recyclable bag-in-box that carries FOUR bottles worth of wine. Even the spigot is 100% BPA free...

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Alessandro Costantini, Exporter, italian, milan, wine, wine o'clock, wineoclock -

Alessandro Costantini, Organic Cellar Italian Exporter, hard at work with his new employees It takes great people with a lifetime of experience to source wines from a country like Italy. It's a country with more individual wine makers, regional wine denominations  dialects, and grape varietals in production than any other country in the world. Alessandro Costantini does it with style and grace. Alessandro, founder of Wine O'Clock in Milan, is our man on the ground and most trusted advisor. His experience as head of marketing for Ruffino Wines in the 1990's and 2000's gave him access to a world of wine knowledge and connections that...

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