If you are into the social media wine scene and follow all the hip and cool somms, then chances are that you know Cristie Norman. Cristie is a bikini athlete, a sommelier at the world-renowned Spago in Beverly Hills, and today is launching her Online Wine Course. One thing about Cristie is that she...

In the 60s and 70s, there was an economic boom in Italy. Many people who lived in more rural areas moved to the cities to take advantage of new opportunities. In the 80s, the country then had to incentivize people to move back to those areas and take control...

Being that I am a certified sommelier, and write a wine blog…..friends and family ask me a lot of questions about wine. What’s your favorite wine? Answer: anything sparkling Where can I get good, cheap wine? Answer: at your local wine shop! What’s the most expensive wine you’ve tasted? Answer: A Bordeaux red at a tasting...

Last week I took the WSET Diploma Unit 3 tasting exam for the second time. If you recall I took both the tasting and the theory exams in June (read more HERE). I felt pretty good about the tasting (after all, that’s the easier portion of the exam and has a...

In late Spring I was honored to be invited to a Cabernet Sauvignon Masterclass. The event was hosted by Louis M. Martini Wines and our fearless leader for the day was Christy Canterbury, MW. The backdrop was the lovely Redbird restaurant in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Cabernet Sauvignon is a grape we all...

To recap, in July of 2015 I started the WSET Level 4 Diploma, the stepping stone to the Master of Wine program. There are six units in order to receive your Diploma certificate. I passed five of the units in the last year and only have one left! But it’s a big one....

I am extremely happy to report that I received results from the Unit 1 Coursework Assignment and I passed! Not only did I pass, but everyone in my class passed, which is unprecedented! The Coursework Assignment is a research paper that is half of the Unit 1 (The Business of Wine...

It goes without saying that there is not enough wine in my life! Being a wine blogger and a somm student, people think that I swim in wine, and that is not the case.  As you may have noticed, I took an unplanned sabbatical from my SOMMspirations duties.  Life called,...

On January 27 I had the privilege of obtaining a press pass to the Slow Wine Magazine 2016 Tasting at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. This was a marathon tasting of over 58 Italian producers and just over 150 wines. Below is a snippet pulled from the “About” section of the Slow...

Great news to report!  I received word that I passed the two exams that I took in November.  What a relief!  I've been on pins and needles as our class had to wait 9 long weeks to get these results....