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Working my Way Towards Sommelier Level 3

If you’ve been reading this column, you know I passed my Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Sommelier Level 2 (Intermediate) exam “With Merit” about a year ago and against my better judgement, I decided to pursue my Somm Level [...]

Becoming a Level 2 Sommelier

READ Becoming a Level 1 Sommelier It’s Official….I’m Certified! It’s been two years since I successfully passed my Introductory Sommelier (Level 1) exam. In that time, I’ve patiently waited for the organization I began my studies with, the [...]

What Type of Wine Drinker Are You?

by Steven Sinkler Wine drinkers come in every shape and size.    They also come with every type of opinion and knowledge level as well. I have now survived five summers as owner of The Wine Shack and have come to the conclusion that wine drinkers come in a couple of categories.   My guess is that you’ll find yourself in here somewhere. […]

Everybody Loves a Weekend at Camp, Especially When Its Oregon Pinot Camp!

Every summer, since beginning in 2000, a group of Oregon’s finest wineries hold “Oregon Pinot Camp”, a jam-packed weekend of seminars, presentations and tastings devoted to Oregon’s premier wine grape, Pinot Noir.  […]

It’s Tough Work…Really.

Maryann and I recently returned from a “work trip” – a week-long Wine Cruise with Un-Cruise Adventures.  We soaked in the beauty of a sail on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, ate like kings and queens and the wine was pretty darned good too. […]

Try These Four Summer White Wines!

Hello from Steven! As the days get longer (and sunnier) and the temperatures get warmer, I get a big smile on my face, because white wine season is here.  Yes, I enjoy an earthy Oregon pinot noir and a fruit-forward Washington grenache, but I really love a crisp, cool glass of white wine.  […]

Reustle Prayer Rock’s Amazing Wines!

You may not have heard the big news, but Reustle Prayer Rock’s  2012 “Masada Block” Syrah was named the Best Syrah at the 6 Nations Wine Competition in Australia.   The 6 Nations Wine Competition is one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the world. […]

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