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June 7, 2016
krista

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Decisions and Diplomas

Well, I did it! I received my diploma in Wine Management and Consulting/ French Level Sommelier. Last week we had an intense two days of testing. Some of the top sommeliers of Paris came to our school and put us on the spot. If anyone has seen the documentary SOMM, it was identical to that testing […]

May 11, 2016
krista

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Alsace, France

  Yes… Hansel and Gretyl town as picturesque as it is, does exist in the present day. The charm in Alsace was definitely more than I could have anticipated. Plush greenery, cobblestone pathways, hillside vineyards, and quaint wine tasting rooms…. all surrounding these little alsacian villages nestled in the center. With ALL the architecture resembling graham-cracker gingerbread […]

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The Rhone Valley

I am just back from exploring the vineyards of the Rhone Valley…. I adventured with my classmates to some of the top vineyards in Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Avignon. It was a beautiful 73 degrees and sunny in the alpes ….nothing better than wine tasting in the heart of Provence. We started by taking a train […]

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Cognac, France

Last week, I spent an amazing three days in the beautiful region of Cognac, France. My class and I set out on a short 3 hour train ride to explore and taste some of the greatest Cognacs of the world. Also, to discover how this rare and celebrated spirit is made and the subtle differences […]

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Citrus Etoile

I am back….Hi everyone. For the last four weeks I have been working at the lovely Citrus Etoile Restaurant (Champs Elysees) under the head sommelier … wow. What an absolute experience. I went from being so incredibly intimidated my very first night … to now being the only other trusted person in the restaurant to […]

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Bordeaux, France

As with my last trip to Champagne, these last few days in Bordeaux were nothing short of absolutely incredible. We started off with a visit to Chateau Guiraud…located in the heart of the commune of Sauternes known for their delicious and impeccably balanced sweet wines. We were welcomed with a vineyard visit followed by an extravagant […]

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Champagne, France

Spending the last three days in Champagne, France was nothing short of absolutely, luxuriously fabulous. Every 2 seconds a bottle of Champagne is opened. I feel I was in an out-of-body experience as I was sitting in the mansion of Louis Roederer Champagne House comparing Dom Perignon to Cristal vintage 2002. In other words, sipping […]