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Posted on Fri, Aug 18, 2006 07:15

It's done! For the past several months I have been studying to take my Certified Sommeliers exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers. It's been a great way to spend my whole summer since I destroyed my rotator cuff, thus putting an end to any fun stuff, like golf. Anyway, I traveled to Seattle this week and took the test on Wednesday and voila...I passed. It truly was one of the most nerve racking experiences of my life. Alternating between passing out and vomiting, I managed to ease the cork out of a very stubborn bottle of Cava, pour 8 glasses (shaking like a leaf) and answer most of the Master's questions somewhat intelligently. Of course, this is after the blind tasting and written theory exams. Now I have a year and a half waiting to take the next level! I should calm down by then, Somebody pass me the chardonnay.... In Vino Veritas!!

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Posted on Sun, Aug 20, 2006 12:16

CD...White Zin...you're killin' me here LOL Shaz..Are you able to find California wines? Ravenswood/Dancing Bull, something not too expensive until you decide whether or not you like the style of the wine.


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Posted on Sun, Aug 20, 2006 12:04

Thanks LL My favorite box of wine has 12 bottles!LOL


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Posted on Sun, Aug 20, 2006 12:02

ml Consider me chastised, my hand stinging from the cyber slap. Let me assure you had that glass been anything other than a 6oz hotel tasting glass, the stem would have delicately held between my fingers. I've always said there's alot of people that know a hellava lot more than I do and fortunately they're willing to point out my short comings...Thanks! ;-)


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Posted on Sun, Aug 20, 2006 08:00

Congratulations, but you might want to start your new career by demonstrating better ways to hold the wine glass. The stem is a better place as it keeps fingerprints off and helps keep the wine at the proper temperature.


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Posted on Sun, Aug 20, 2006 06:11

For you shaz, may I recommend the WHITE Zinfandel. lol


Courtney :)

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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 22:48

laughing here,,but saddly ,,YES I AM serious...we get boar, bear, squirrel,the occasional goat,duck,goose,somepeople eat swans but i wont. What would one consider a BIG zinfadel ? Soory, im completely clueless on wines other then I like to drink them


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 22:35

Congratulations. Can you recommend a good wine in a box?


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 21:52

Bonnie - Are you telling me I'm spending all that money for the wrong reasons... DARN IT!!! I could go out and get one of those tin barrel wines and do it for 1/10th the cost... I wish somebody would have said something earlier!!! I have a fantastic collection, although I don't know if I would attempt consumption, even to my worst enemy. My parents imported several cases of wine for each child's birth (1967, 1969, 1972)as well as saving the champaign from their wedding (1967). I HAVE had some from my father's wine cellar, however and I can tell you that not only knowing how much they would sell for but the way they TASTE made me feel like a million bucks!!! YUUUMMIIIEE!!! Thanks for the compliment "wine," right back at ya'!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 20:26

Thanks CB2000, I'll accept that toast and raise a glass to you!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 11:18

Bonnie, Thanks so much. I totally agree with you, wines are pure artistic expression. And when you have good company, good food and good wine...the best of life! Let me add, the wines don't have to be expensive, just well done and as long as you like it, cheers. A great book to start is "The Wine Bible" by Karen McNeil. Tons of information, but an entertaining read. I started with "Wine for Dummies", perfect introduction for a blonde like me!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 11:02

Wow, Sixtilio...at once impressed and just a little intimidated! Sounds like I could learn a lot from you. Thank you for the toast, I guess I'll have to pull the cork on that '95 Coto del Imaz Gran Reserva that's been hanging around. I'll be the first to admit, Spanish wines are not my speciality. My wine of choice last evening while celebrating with friends was a '97 Batard Montrachet from Domaine LeFlaive....Stunning. And then again that '93 Tattinger Comte de Champagne was no slouch. Again thanks and drink well!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 10:29

Congrats! A toast to you!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 10:28

Thanks CD, I certainly don't know alot, just enough to be dangerous! As an infrequent poster but regular reader of the blogs, just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blogs...smart, funny and sensitive. Keep up the good stuff!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 10:15

Congratulations! Wine is a hobby of mine. I certainly can't pretend to have a percent of your knowledge but it's fun to play with it. Especially when your friends turn and say "how the heck would you know that?" Congrats!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 07:13

Thanks to all of you. Shazbot...really...raccoon??? No, seriously, raccoon? Alright, I'll play along. Gamey food deserves a gamey wine. This is just a guess since I've never experienced raccoon. Try a big zinfindel from CA, they tend to go well with BBQ and game. Or if you want something with a little more finesse a Cote Rotie from France. 1Girl41.. The Court of Master Sommeliers has a website where classes are listed. They travel all over the US. Email me and I'll give you the address and some reading to start with. Be prepared, this requires a little drinking! TP..love your insight and your companion, I've always been a sucker for Spidey! Gregg..I'm willing to yak nonstop about the noble grape, I will have to pause occasionally to wet my whistle!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 19, 2006 02:07

congratulations..would you please tell me what wine one serves with Baked Racoon ? Im serious ! Game meat is a big deal where I am from. We usually just drink vodka..bleckk


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