How to Talk to a Sommelier Without Looking Like a Dummy

Don’t be that guy. [Read more…]

How to cure a hangover, sommelier-style

Your eyes are barely open but your mind is already wandering to places of angst, regret and deep-fried food. Yep, you’re hungover. But don’t despair, or at least try to contain that despair – with your salvation in mind, we’ve gone to [Read more…]

What does it take to become a Master Sommelier?

Earning the title of Master Sommelier is no easy feat. The exam is notoriously difficult and only those who truly live and breathe in the world of wine have any chance of making it, as Matt Stamp MS explains… [Read more…]

15 Frustrating Things About Being a Wine Lover

You’re a wine lover (or even fancy yourself a wine snob) and your friends constantly poke fun at you. Perhaps they laugh when they see your travel case of hand blown Sommelier Series wine glasses. Or scoff at you when you send back a bottle of red wine because it’s too warm. [Read more…]

Swiss sommelier tops world wine waiter contest

The world’s best wine waiter was crowned in Japan, at the culmination of a three-day competition attracting entrants from around the globe. [Read more…]

Gerard Basset named Decanter Man of the Year 2013

Described as ‘genuinely humble’ and ‘an absolute gem of a man’, Decanter Man of the Year 2013 Gerard Basset is widely credited with transforming the perception of sommeliers around the world.

Despite the many letters after his name – MS, MW, MBA, OBE – and his status as World’s Best Sommelier, Basset’s peers are as keen to talk of his personal attributes as to enumerate his many achievements in the latest issue of Decanter. [Read more…]