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How do you choose between the different wine certifications?

Posted by Ilona Wallace on Apr 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Wine is a specialist industry. To work with wine, you need to understand the vocabulary. And to understand the vocabulary, you need to understand the processes behind winemaking.

Whatever industry you work in, there are always benefits for attaining relevant qualifications. With wine qualifications, you have the bonus of getting to taste extraordinary wines (for ‘learning’ purposes, of course…). A qualification will also set you apart from amateur practitioners – wine bloggers and the like.

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Topics: Tips for sommeliers

How to talk about wine like a pro

Posted by Chloe Papas on Oct 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Being able to talk about wine like a pro is necessary for a lot of roles in the hospitality industry: from those on the floor, to the people manning the bar, to the manager in charge.

But for those who don’t have a big personal interest in wine, a lengthy wine list can be fairly daunting – not to mention, confusing! Sauv Blanc, Moscato, Riesling, oh my!

However, wine lists can all be broken down and simplified for those who aren’t particularly in the know, and there are only a few things to remember to ensure you can hold your own in a conversation with a wine expert.

We’ve put together some key tips to think about so that you’re talking like a pro in no time.

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Topics: Tips for sommeliers, Tips for bartenders

7 non-snobby wine sites for servers who want to up their game

Posted by Tanya Timmers on Mar 8, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Restaurants are environments where wine tends to flow. And if you're a wine server, you'll know that wine is a perfect menu item to upsell. That's why it pays to have some basic knowledge about it to increase your tips.

Being knowledgeable about wine has become far more popular amongst the cool kids in recent years. People no longer view the industry as a snobby one (thank goodness).

As a result, a lot of new people have come forward to educate people about wine. There are plenty of websites, blogs, videos and other resources that can transform any wine-newbie into an expert.

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Topics: Typsy list, Tips for sommeliers, Tips for front of house

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