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SOMMELIER | CORDOBAR

Willi
Schlögl

Approachable and cheerful. He radiates an easygoing vibe that is just devoid of ego. We met in Berlin´s trendy art and food Mitte district, where he fits right in.

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Winemaker | Bull Fighter

Diogo
Sepúlveda

Diego Sepúlveda (enologist) of Casa Santos Lima, is a bullfighter that brought passion and perseverance to winemaking.

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SOMMELIER AT NOBELHART & SCHMUTZIG

Billy
Wagner

Grab a seat around the Nobelhart & Schmutzig kitchen counter and enjoy a clear view of one of the most exciting restaurants in Belin.
Cue the vinyl spins.

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Drink Deep

See the world through the eyes of a Somm with our video collection.

Beyond the notes

We remove barriers by enlightening consumers with every glass. We tell the story about every brand we curate — from A to Z. We personally visit, taste, interview, and discover what it really took in order for the bottle to arrive at your table.

March 14 Distillers

A Whiskey for St Patrick’s Day

Which Irish whiskey to choose for St Patrick's Day? For personal reasons our writer chooses something from the Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland.

March 05 Armagnac

French Brandy and Cognac 101

French brandy, cognac, and armagnac: all you need to know to tell the difference between them and choose your brandy wisely.

February 15 Flavors

Spice Up Your Spirits for Valentine’s Day

If your idea of a spicy spirit is Fireball Cinnamon Whisky you definitely need to up the ante and get a special liquor for a special occasion. Here are eight of our favorites spicy spirits for Valentine's Day.

February 14 Bars

XOXO; What it means (and can you drink it?)

Most people understand XOXO means hugs and kisses. It’s a short, simple way to sign off on a cute valentine to a family member or loved one. While it may be more romantic to write out the full phrase – it’s kind of hard to do with a glass of wine in your hand.

If you want to really wow your valentine, explain the root of the shorthand XOXO, and then prepare them a cocktail drink like the XOXO – because nothing heats up the room like a bit of trivia.

February 07 romance

The Casanova Studies; Is Wine the Best drink for Sex?

It may be no surprise that many people use wine as an aphrodisiac. A rich wine is very pleasing to the senses, and most people automatically associate wine with a romantic evening. But is there science behind this or is it just our belief? Could wine actually be good for sexual encounters?

February 07 pomegranate wine

The Ancient Power of the Pomegranate

It's interesting that pomegranates are mentioned in the bible here, in the same breath as "of vines", yet pomegranate wine has always taken a back seat to traditional wine made from grapes. I didn't know pomegranates held the monikers of "divine" and "the most mentioned fruit" in theological books, which shouldn't be too surprising with their abundance in middle eastern countries where wine is produced - Israel, Armenia, Georgia, Iran.

January 15 Distillers

Bats for Tequila

When you're a tequila distiller, it must be quite a challenge to go to your fellow distillers and ask them to make less tequila. It was a challenge facing Carlos Camarena, the owner and Master Distiller of El Tesoro Tequila, which is made at his La Altena Distillery in the highlands of Jalisco in Mexico.

December 13 Champagne

Champagne or Shampagne?

When it comes to New Year there's nothing quite like champagne for special occasions. Or is there? There's a bewildering variety of sparkling wines out there, such as Spanish cava or Italian prosecco, so what makes them different, and is one better than the other when it comes to a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion?

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