Whether the world really needs another wine blog is a question we can’t answer. But we do know, unequivocally, that our newly re-designed SommSelect website needs a blog component. Why? Because we want and need a way to engage with people outside of our daily wine offers. As straightforward and functional as the daily offer format may be, there is a lot of information we’d love to share with you that isn’t directly related to the bottles for sale on any given day. In the process of looking for great wines to share with our subscribers, we get to visit interesting and beautiful places, meet intelligent and charismatic people, and generally engage in what’s best described as continuing education. Passing the Master Sommelier exam is hardly the end of the line; In wine, there’s always more to learn and more to discover, and above all else, that’s what this blog will be about. It’s about the wine life, and how to live it to the fullest—through travel, tasting, studying, collecting, and otherwise taking that full-immersion leap that so many wine lovers take.

So what does that look like, in blog form? Well, we get invited to lots of fascinating trade tastings—maybe it’s a brief dispatch from one of those, so you can geek out along with us, diving deep into vineyard/vintage/region and the like. We also go on buying trips to Europe and elsewhere—perhaps, in addition to the small-production Brunello di Montalcino we just found, you’d like to hear about great places to drink wine in Florence? Perhaps most important, we have lots of sommelier friends who’ve taken this immersive leap with us—as you will see, a diversity of their voices will lend greater depth and dimension to our site.

Whereas the daily offers are kind of a one-way street, this blog connects us directly to our subscribers. We welcome your questions, comments, and yes, criticisms (we can take it), and hope you’ll visit us often. Cheers!

Where to Drink Wine: Barcelona

Welcome to a new SommSelect blog series we’re calling Where To Drink Wine, in which we ask our intrepid sommelier friends to recommend the best wine-drinking places they’ve encountered during their travels. Today we welcome sommelier and writer Erin Rickenbacker, who runs the all-Spanish wine program at San Francisco’s Bellota—itself an excellent place to drink […]

Napa Valley Past & Present

Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser is a well-known lecturer, author, and wine educator who has mentored many MS candidates, including SommSelect’s Ian Cauble. Recently, he posted this piece on his personal blog and, with his permission, we’ve reproduced it here. Anyone with a love of both history and wine will appreciate Tim’s revisiting of a classic book […]

You Say Indigenous, I Say Autochthonous…The Best Native Grapes to Try Now

It’s a wide world of vitis vinifera out there, but which lesser-known native grapes are most worthy of more attention? We’re not two months into 2019, and already SommSelect has offered wines from grapes such as Pelaverga (Piedmont, Italy), Xinomavro (Macedonia, Greece), and Kékfrankos (Slovakia!). Oh, and Piedirosso (Campania, Italy) and Loureiro (Vinho Verde, Portugal), […]

What We’ve Learned:
Wine & Food Pairing

  Each of our daily wine offers contains a suggestion for a recipe to prepare with the featured wine. It’s not just because all of us at SommSelect share a love of cooking (and eating), but because we want to describe not just the “whats” and “wheres” of a wine but the “whys” and the […]

Champagne: The Year In Review

Chances are, given the season, you’re drinking more Champagne than usual. And with one of the biggest Champagne occasions of them all right around the corner, we’ve found ourselves not only re-stocking our own supplies but reflecting on a year chock full of delicious Champagne offers. In addition to myself, the SommSelect team includes another […]