Episode #276 – SOMM, Sara and the Secret to Tasting Wine

Last year, a fascinating documentary detailed the experiences of four sommeliers attempting to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test less than 200 people have passed, and which has one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The movie SOMM gives us personal insight into the intensity with which they study, taste and spend their every waking moment preparing for the test. On this week’s edition of Grape Encounters, David has an extended conversation with the movie’s headliner, Ian Cauble, about his experience both with the test and being in the movie. Ian’s latest project is SommSelect.com, a site that brings a sommelier’s knowledge and experience to everyone, at every budget, every day.

In Wine News with Senior Wine News Correspondent Larry Gifford, we reveal the Wine Region of the Year, the relationship between wine and exercise, a new wine delivery service in Seattle, and the importance of knowing what you’re ordering.

On Sipping with Sara, David and Sara Schneider, Wine Editor of Sunset Magazine, offer a plethora of tips on how to navigate both wine country and large wine tasting events. Expect a few surprises.

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