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  • Virtual Tasting Weekend Slot

    Your tasting fee gets you: 1. A 1 hour sommelier led tasting with me, Sam. 2. A custom curated wine list for your preferred shop and budget. 3. A custom food and wine pairing guide, professional wine tasting grids, wine tasting mats, and a wine 101 guide. Life time access to everything to download and print. Please Note: Wine is not included in this tasting fee. Tasting fee is non refundable & by submitting payment you agree to these terms. If you need to cancel or reschedule you can use this as a credit to a future tasting in the same year that you booked it for. Must be applied to a the virtual or in person tasting you booked for.

  • In-Person Private Tasting With Me!

    Your tasting fee gets you: 1. A 1.5 hour sommelier led tasting with me, Sam at a location of your choosing. (Must be local to the Phoenix Area) 2. A custom curated wine list for either your preferred shop and budget, or through my partnered wine shop. 3. I bring the glassware and tasting materials with me, a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a saber tutorial. Please Note: Wine is not included in this tasting fee. Tasting fee is non refundable & by submitting payment you agree to these terms. If you need to cancel or reschedule you can use this as a credit to a future tasting in the same year that you booked it for. Must be applied to an in-person tasting you booked for.

  • Virtual Tasting Week Day Slot

    Your tasting fee gets you: 1. A 1 hour sommelier led tasting with me, Sam. 2. A custom curated wine list for your preferred shop and budget. 3. A custom food and wine pairing guide, professional wine tasting grids, wine tasting mats, and a wine 101 guide. Life time access to everything to download and print. Please Note: Wine is not included in this tasting fee. Tasting fee is non refundable & by submitting payment you agree to these terms. If you need to cancel or reschedule you can use this as a credit to a future tasting in the same year that you booked it for. Must be applied to a the virtual or in person tasting you booked for.

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  • Blind Taste Like a Somm!

    Let's be honest, blind tasting still gives me a tad of PTSD from my Somm School days... But I honestly will always appreciate and love how much it's helped challenge my palate and love for wine! I would love to personally lead you through a blind tasting, you can book a time on my calendar HERE! In the meantime, here's some fun tips on blind tasting 101 and a fun little TV segment with me and my guy Brad Perry! ;) Blind tasting wine involves tasting and evaluating a wine without knowing its identity (varietal, producer, vintage, etc.). Here are some tips for blind tasting wine: 1. Start by looking at the color: Examine the wine's color and note any distinguishing features, such as its depth, hue, and clarity. 2. Swirl the wine: Swirling the wine will help to release its aromas. Take a moment to smell the wine and note any distinct aromas or scents. 3. Take a small sip: Sip the wine and allow it to coat your tongue. Pay attention to the wine's texture, body, and flavors. 4. Spit or swallow: Decide whether you want to spit out the wine or swallow it. Spitting is generally recommended for formal blind tastings, as it allows you to taste multiple wines without getting too intoxicated. (but I mean, DO YOU) 😏 5. Consider the wine's structure: Think about the wine's acidity, tannins, and alcohol levels, and how they contribute to its overall structure. 6. Guess the wine: Once you have tasted and evaluated the wine, try to guess its varietal, region of origin, and vintage. Did you know I can lead you through your own blind tasting?! Book a slot on my tasting calendar, it’s one of my favorite styles of tastings!! Taste with me! Cheers, Samantha Sommelier Your Go To No-Snob Somm<3

  • Want to know how to read a wine label?!

    I know how overwhelming it can be to walk into the grocery store or wine shop and not have any clue what you're looking at! Especially with SO many wines out on the market. Here are some basic tips to start with to break down those intimating wine labels (especially European). As always, for 1:1 assistance in mastering this, I would love to do host a private wine tasting experience for you :) Book one HERE! Let's break it down... Look for the grape variety: The grape variety is the type of grape used to make the wine. This can be listed as a single variety (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon) or as a blend (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot). Check the region of origin: The region where the wine was made is often listed on the label. This can give you an idea of the climate and terroir (unique combination of soil, climate, and other factors) that the grapes were grown in, which can affect the wine's flavor and aroma. Look for the vintage: The vintage is the year that the grapes were harvested. Older vintages may be more expensive and are generally thought to be of higher quality, although this is not always the case. Check for any designations: Some wine labels may include designations such as "Estate Bottled" or "Reserve," which can indicate the wine's quality or the winery's production methods. Look for the alcohol content: The alcohol content of a wine is usually listed on the label and can range from around 10% to 15% or more. A higher alcohol content can indicate a fuller-bodied wine. Check for any additional information: Some labels may include additional information such as the winemaking techniques used or the wine's aging potential. Take a peak at my go-to sommelier approved Costco wine reccs HERE! Use code "SSWC30" for 30 days free ON ME in my wine club community <3 and follow along on my IG, @samanthasommelier xoxoxo Sam

  • 7 Tips for Perfectly Matching Wine and Food!

    Matching food and wine in harmony can be done in two very different ways. We either create balance by matching a wine that shares similar flavor characteristics with the food (called congruent pairing) or we we achieve balance by choosing a wine that has contrasting flavors or compounds. But, how do you know which flavor profiles to look out for? What about things like tannin and acidity, how do they factor into wine pairing? Don’t worry! I explain how you can identify great prospective pairings and how you can start getting creative with your own pairing ideas. 1. Understand Food Flavor Profiles To keep things relatively straight forward, we can break down food flavor into six distinct categories. These serve as the base for our wine pairing. Sweet - sweetness is especially important when pairing desserts. A general rule is the wine needs to be sweeter than the food. Otherwise, the wine wil be overwhelmed by the food. Sweet food also tends to amplify bitterness in wine so you wan to avoid pairing wines that have medium to high tannins with sweet food. Salt - acidic wines generally do well with salty foods. Sparkling wines are also a great pairing. Acid - acidity is a common component in wine so congruent pairings are easy to make. The general rule is that the acidity of the wine should at least match the acidity level of the food or the wine will seem flat. Fat - contrasting pairings are the only option with fatty foods as fat isn’t something that’s found in wine. Acidity and high alcohol go well with fatty food. Tannin also does well with fat so red wines are your friend here. Spice - it really depends on the style of cooking with spicy food but generally something slightly sweet and light bodied does well. Bitter - congruent pairings are off the menu here as we don’t want to amplify bitterness. Therefore, contrasting pairings are what we need. Acidity and sweetness both do well with bitter food. 2. Understand How Food Flavor Profiles Relate to Wine In order to achieve balance by amplifying or contrasting flavor components in food, we need to know how they relate to wine. We can discount fat, salt, and spice striaght away as they don’t exist in wine (at least none that I’ve tried!). However, bitter, acid and sweet are tastes that are common in wine. Acidity is common across the spectrum of wine but it’s generally more common in white, sparkling, and rosé wine. You’ll also find it in reds. Bitterness is linked to tannin content which makes it a flavor profile only found in red wine. The sweetest wines tend to be the lower ABV wines that contain more residual sugar. You’ve also got dessert wines. A good rule of thumb with sweetness is to go by alcohol content. Generally speaking, wines get drier with higher ABV (though this isn’t a full-proof rule!). 3. Get Down to Basics Now, the problem here is that food can rarely just be simplified down to one flavor category. For example, my favorite food is Thai and there’s a lot going on in most Thai dishes! Therefore, we should start by identifying the two dominant flavors and base our pairing on these. Once you become more experienced you can expand your range. You’ll find some foods (like Thai) need to match in 4 or 5 flavor categories and that’s a hard thing to do. 4. Consider the Richness The richness of food is something that needs to be considered too. Richness is generally linked to fat but not always. The rule here is to match light food with light-bodied wine and rich food with full-bodied wines. Lighter foods like fish are great with more delicate wines. Rich red meat just loves full-bodied Shiraz. 5. It’s All About the Sauce Generally speaking, it’s best to pair with the sauce (this is especially true with rich, heavy sauces). Unless you’re an excellent cook that’s able to make a sauce that lets the meat shine that is. The sauce is usually the dominant flavor on a dish and it’s the easiest component to pair. Match something like a delicate citrus sauce on fish with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. 6. If You’re Stuck, Stick with Colors If you just can’t settle on a pairing, there are a few basic rules that never fail. White meat = white wine - the acidity of white wine does really well with delicate, white meats like fish and chicken. Red meat = red wine - tannin found in red wines has the ability to soften meat and fat found in red meats like steak. 7. Try More Wine The range of different wine available to buy these days is jawdropping. As more grape varietals become popular and winemkaing techniques evolve, so too do our wine pairing options. The best thing you can do to improve your wine and food pairing is to expand your wine knowledge by having more flavor profiles in the memory bank. Two blossoming wine regions in 2022 are China and England. Have you tasted an English Pinot Noir or a Chinese Cabernet Sauvignon?

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    APPROACHABLE WINE EXPERIENCES WITH YOUR GO-TO NO-SNOB SOMM EXPLORE THE WINE CLUB EXPLORE PRIVATE TASTINGS PRIVATE TASTINGS CUSTOM WINE LINE-UP TAILORED WINE EDUCATION NO SNOBBERY GUARANTEE WHETHER YOU'RE NEW TO WINE OR YOU HAVE A STEADY CORK COLLECTION GOING, THERE'S SOMETHING FOR YOU HERE - SO GRAB A GLASS! BOOK ME FOR CUSTOM, PRIVATE (VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON!) TASTINGS FOR GROUPS OF ALL SIZES INCLUDING CORPORATE EVENTS, BACHELORETTE PARTIES, SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND MORE. LEARN MORE WINE CLUB WINE CLUB WINE CLUB WANT TO TASTE WITH ME MORE OFTEN? THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT! YOU GET UNLIMITED ACCESS TO YOURS TRULY WITH TWO TASTINGS PER MONTH AND ADMISSION TO OUR PRIVATE MEMBER PLATFORM. WITH A GROWING COMMUNITY AND NEW CONTENT EVERY DAY, SAM SOMM CLUB MEMBERS GET A COMMUNITY OF NEW FRIENDS, EXCLUSIVE WINE OFFERINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, ACCESS TO EXPERT WINE AND TRAVEL GUIDES, AND MORE... EXPLORE THE WINE CLUB LET'S f * cking DRINK PHOENIX-BASED SOMMELIER, OFFERING VIRTUAL & IN PERSON PRIVATE WINE TASTINGS, FOUNDER OF THE SAM SOMM WINE CLUB, & CO-FOUNDER OF FAFF WINE CO. ​ I FOUND MY WINE PASSION EARLY, LAUNCHING MY IN-HOME WINE TASTING BUSINESS, "SAMANTHA SOMMELIER" AT THE AGE OF 23. MY MISSION IS TO MAKE WINE FUN AND APPROACHABLE FOR ANY LEVEL OF WINE ENTHUSIAST. ​ AFTER GRADUATING COLLEGE, A BLOG I DID ON FOOD AND WINE GREW INTO ORGANIZING TASTINGS FOR FRIENDS, THEN INTO A REALIZATION ABOUT MY CAREER GOALS. SO, I TOOK AN INTENSIFIED SOMMELIER TRAINING PROGRAM AT THE INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER OF CALIFORNIA, WHERE I RECEIVED MY LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATION THROUGH THE COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS. I NOW WORK WITH PRIVATE CLIENTS IN THEIR HOMES AND VIRTUALLY, ZEROING IN ON MILLENNIALS WITH AN EASYGOING BFF APPROACH TO GUIDING GUESTS THROUGH WINE TASTINGS. FREE DOWNLOAD FREE WINE 101 GUIDE JOIN MY MAILING LIST AND INSTANTLY RECEIVE MY WINE 101 GUIDE. THIS GUIDE IS PERFECT FOR FIGURING OUT THE BASICS OF WINE PAIRINGS AND AT HOME TASTINGS - SO GRAB A BOTTLE AND READ UP! > I ACCEPT TERMS & CONDITIONS CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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