Posted 4th Nov 2018
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Posted 5th Nov 2018
“The Court of Master Sommeliers stripping the titles from 23 of the 24 candidates who took the tainted blind wine tasting exam in order to preserve the Court’s ‘integrity,’” Larry Anosmia MS tells me, “is like Stormy Daniels announcing she’s going to erase her latest film in order to preserve her virginity.”
Larry Anosmia MS passed the exams back in 1999. “Let me tell you, these modern Master Sommeliers are like emotional hand grenades. You pull their pins and they explode with whining. Oh, boo-hoo, I want so badly to be admired for knowing about wine. It’s pathetic, honestly. Some of them were on their eighth or ninth try! I passed on my first try. You know how? I cheated! But I didn’t get caught....
Wine of the Week
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Vermentino is one of the great Mediterranean white grapes, retaining acidity when other varieties have gone as soft as a tired mattress. This lovely unoaked example has notes of lemon peel and aromatic herbs with good weight and texture and classic Vermentino crunch.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 33 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including Harpers, Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, The Drinks Business and Imbibe and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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