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What is a sommelier?

While beer sommeliers (or cicerones), sake sommeliers, and even water sommeliers are emerging in the world of beverage professionals, traditional sommeliers are wine experts. They’re absolutely the best of the best, having deeply researched all things wine, from varietals, to aging processes, to serving practices, to pairings. Pronounced soh-meh-lyay, a sommelier can also go by the antiquated term wine steward or wine waiter.…

Panoramic view of Lastres, accurate coastal village of Asturias in northern Spain

Top 5 Tastes: Spain

The cuisine of Spain is a patchwork of influences — Roman, Greek, and even Arab, Persian, and Indian. Owed in part to historical invasions and conquests, Spanish food is a true mixture of flavors. Even more so than other countries, the cuisine of Spain is incredibly varied, separated into distinct regional flavors with their own produce and…


How to Tame Cuban Rum

The liquid and smoke appeal of Cuba. We’re talking about rum and cigars, of course, the quintessential symbols of the Caribbean country whose allure has lasted decades and transcended generations. The culture of Cuban rum and cigars has given Cuba that permanent ambience of vintage glamour and decadence. Focusing solely on Cuban-style rum is enough…


Whet Your Appetite: Croatia

Situated between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia is an unassuming Mediterranean gem. Sun-drenched days, dazzling blue Adriatic waters, and a rich culture contribute to a laid-back vibe perfect for your next getaway. Learn about Croatia’s variety of gorgeous islands, like Vis and Hvar, and discover why Croatia is a must-see destination.   Fresh seafood…

Summer Wines

How to Choose The Best Summer Wines for Sipping

Summer is around the corner, which means warm weather, sun-drenched days, al fresco meals, and crisp, refreshing wines. If you are anything like me, then you’ll have a bottle of wine handy for all occasions this summer. The quintessential summer bbq – check. Last minute picnic get together – check. July 4th party – check. Impromptu afternoon…


Top 5 Tastes: Cuba

Cuba is still a mysterious place to many, bringing to mind only a few hazy images of vintage cars, cigars, mojitos, and Cuban sandwiches. Not many outsiders would be able to list the most authentic dishes and drinks of the gorgeous island in the northern Caribbean sea. So let’s remedy that and discover the unique…

San Juans Charter

Sailing the Salish Sea: A Vacation, Simplified

Eva is a friend of Experi and personal chef who finds a sense of place in local foods. She cooks for families in New York City as well as onboard chartered sailboats all over the world. Follow Eva’s adventures on her blog, Hunger is the Best Spice, and Instagram. Her blog is a culmination of years of training as…

Dungeness crab on Orcas Island

Whet Your Appetite: Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest holds a special place in my heart. It’s been my home now for two years after having spent my entire life in the Midwest. From British Columbia to Oregon, the entire western coastline is a beautiful and verdant area made up of breathtaking landscapes. Archipelagoes, vast mountain ranges, looming volcanoes, stunning beaches,…


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