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Drinking and Dining Like a Pro on an Interview

Drinking and Dining Like a Pro on an Interview

Interviews are already stress-filled events and the worries about how to handle yourself around dinner and having a drink can amp this up to nerve shattering levels.   It doesn’t have to be that way.  There are a few basic things to remember to change...

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How to Pick Your Restaurant for a Business Meeting

How to Pick Your Restaurant for a Business Meeting

Nothing sets the tone for a quality conversation more than the place. That means when picking the venue for your next meeting over a meal you need to think carefully as it communicates something about the nature of the meeting as well as your judgment. Should you pick...

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How to Swirl Your Wine

How to Swirl Your Wine

It is iconic, a group of people lounging around a table, swirling their wine idly, tossing around big and small ideas and laughing as the conversation wanders around.  For some, the swirling helps them think or it is the adult version of a fidget spinner to...

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What Should You Do With Your Extra Corks?

What Should You Do With Your Extra Corks?

Malcolm Forbes once called a matchbook collection a lazy man’s journal.  I like to think of my cork collection as something similar.  I usually grab the corks when I had a good bottle and can remember excellent meals and wonderful bottles of wine with...

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Low Risk Wine Ordering Strategies

Low Risk Wine Ordering Strategies

It can be imposing to be handed the wine list at some restaurants and if no one is ordering a cocktail, which would give you some time to figure out what to order, you have to move quick.  When you are pressed for time and really can’t study the list, you need...

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Gifting Wine Accessories

Gifting Wine Accessories

One of the easy things to give is the gift of spirits.  This is especially true if you grab a bottle of something that you know hits the profile of your friend or even better is a special bottle, they might not have purchased for themselves.  Personally, I...

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Mixology

Mixology

You might be like me and didn’t even know the word mixology existed a few years ago.  It makes total sense, but the idea of applying it to creation of a craft cocktail is new.  This is an exciting innovation to the area of professional drinking.  No...

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Women and Professional Drinking

Women and Professional Drinking

Let me start with how much of a stretch this is for me to write about women drinking, but I have interviewed a number of female associates and CEO clients to gain some insight.  There are a few guidelines they shared that are worth noting. I want to be clear that...

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What do You Do if Your Business Dining Partner Doesn’t Drink?

What do You Do if Your Business Dining Partner Doesn’t Drink?

While drinking doesn’t have the stigma of smoking in public, there is a camp of people that for personal or religious reasons choose not to drink.  That’s not a problem, it just means more for those that do! How do you handle it when you don’t know your partner’s...

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Ordering Wine on a Date

Ordering Wine on a Date

While it’s not technically a professional drinking event, there are some similar tips you can keep in mind when it comes to ordering wine if you’re on a date. The first rule of drinking on a date is not to get hammered.  It can happen easily - both of you are...

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Jim is a Certified Sommelier, holds an Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is a business person with 30 years of professional drinking experience helping professionals navigate wine and spirits, while keeping it fun!

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