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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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Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

One of the great ways to expand your palate beyond a wine club is by tasting wine with friends.  This is one of the ways Sommeliers grow their wine knowledge, they taste a broad diversity of wines – lots of grapes from lots of regions.  You can pretty easily...

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Wine Naming: Grapes or Places?

Wine Naming: Grapes or Places?

Yup, it’s confusing: sometimes a wine is named by the grape used to make it and sometimes it is named by the area that it is grown.  Lots of time, there is no indication of the grape used in this second group - you are just somehow supposed to know. So how does...

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The 20 Cocktails You Should Know (and Try)

The 20 Cocktails You Should Know (and Try)

There has been a rise of the celebrity bartender and the use of local fresh ingredients.  I think that’s a great thing and offers a chance to have some fun with a cocktail before we head to dinner and wine.  Most of these drinks are not designed to pair with...

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The Lowdown on Liquors

The Lowdown on Liquors

While I mostly write about wine, the synonymous liquor and spirits are an important part of professional drinking and it’s worth knowing the basics.  I am just going to cover a few of the major ones, but there are dozens I am not covering including variations of...

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Beer Basics

Beer Basics

Beer isn’t considered the classiest drink, but I have to admit after a round of golf on a warm day, it is hard to beat.  You can’t go frat party crazy when doing business golf or at an event, but many times, I’ll have a beer in place of a cocktail.  It’s a...

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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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