Featured Publications

1 VinePair Article photo.jpg

The Sommelier as Brand is taking off because people are more approachable than chateaux

Recent scandals notwithstanding, there are more aspiring sommeliers today than ever before. Enrollment in the Court of Master Sommeliers is up “125 percent year over year,” according to Shayn Bjornholm, examination director in the Americas.

These newly minted wine professionals are exploring careers that don’t necessarily involve tableside service or wearing a suit. Instead they are creating wine clubs, making their own wines, launching retail operations, and, in one instance, merging all three into a hybrid custom-retail-service operation…

Published by VinePair

Photo illustration by Jeff Quinn.

Photo illustration by Jeff Quinn.

6 Ways to Care for Your Feet in the Service Industry

From a somm’s holy-grail footwear to podiatrist-recommended insoles, experts share their tips.

Anyone who has worked in the service industry knows the pain that the wrong shoes can cause over a long shift. Sommeliers and bartenders have physically demanding jobs that are especially hard on their feet, often in environments where looking polished is important, so broken-in sneakers aren’t an option. Making the effort to care for your feet can help you stay comfortable and productive throughout your shift. SevenFifty Daily asked sommeliers and bartenders across the country, as well as a podiatrist, for their best foot care tips and product recommendations. Here’s what they had to say about caring for hardworking feet…

Published by SevenFifty Daily

(Photo credit: Diana Lang)

(Photo credit: Diana Lang)

The one word to avoid when buying cheap rosé

The one word you should avoid when buying cheap rosé is not Franzia or boxed — it’s domestic! For all you U.S.-based readers, rosé shopping is one time when you don’t want to buy local. This is not to say there aren’t good American rosés, it’s just that most of the good ones start at just under $20 and go up from there.

Go too cheap with domestic rosé and you risk ending up with something heavy, cloying, and weirdly sweet and bitter.

Keep reading to learn what you should buy instead.

Published by TheKitchn