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Posted by DomSocie, Jan 5, 2013.

Hello everyone, 

My name is Dominic (dom) and I am from Hilton Head Island, SC. I am a firefighter/paramedic and a have a passion for wine. 

My love of wine started about ten years ago when I was in the F&B industry working in college and has grown into a borderline obsession. 

Planning on taking my IS course this spring and hopefully in a year or two getting my CS. 

Excited about meeting and talking to people as passionate (aka obsessed) as I am about wine.




Reply by EMark, Jan 5, 2013.

Welcome to Snooth, Dom, and, specifically, welcome to the Forum.  It is great to greet new participants who have such passion.  We all look forward to learning from you and your explorations.

Do you have any specific favorites or interests? 

Oh, pardon my ignorance, I am not a wine professional, and sometimes acronyms or various abreviations escape me.  What is an IS course?  I'm guessing that CS a Sommelier Ceritification.  Is that right?  I was OK with F&B.  My wife was a Hospitality major in college and I heard that one a lot.

Reply by outthere, Jan 5, 2013.

My guess is Introductory Sommelier.

Welcome Domninc!

Reply by napagirl68, Jan 7, 2013.

Welcome, Dom!  I am also obsessed...  I favor Sonoma, CA pinot noir, but love all varietals, and do not discriminate!   I have an interest in  rhone types grown here in CA , like cinsault, roussanne, marsanne, mourvedre, grenache, syrah, petite syrah.

Reply by amour, Jan 7, 2013.

Welcome Dom!

Let us know how you progress and share your new finds for sure!

Tasted Korbel this Christmas...not bad ...and so purse friendly!!!

Reply by DomSocie, Jan 8, 2013.


Outthere is correct, IS, or Introductory Sommelier, is the first of three steps to become a Master Sommelier. It takes years and years to become a certified Sommelier (the second step), so I'll probably be content there.

In terms of interests...? Where do I start? I have to agree with Napagirl, I love Rhone varietals, I love anything good, that is small production. I love Australia, Italy, most of France, Spain, and West Coast US. Again, like NapaGirl, I don't discriminate and love to learn and experience EVERYTHING I can.

Reply by DomSocie, Jan 8, 2013.

@OUTTHERE, thanks!

@Steve Mirsky

Would love to hear about that. 


Thanks! What are your go to Ca Rhone favorites?

Reply by napagirl68, Jan 9, 2013.

Hi Dom,

Ca rhone favs.... hmm... been drinking a lot of pinot lately, but here are some I have enjoyed previously:

I really like Balletto and Carlisle syrahs out of Sonoma... I also love anglim winery out of paso robles... particularly their 2007 Hastings Ranch Mourvedre.  Their other blends are phenomenal as well.  Bill Frick out of Dry Creek has made some killer Cinsault in the past, but I don't see it on his current offering.  He does make a nice Carignan that I tasted at 2011 Rhone Rangers SF.

Here is a link to my notes from Rhone Rangers SF 2010.  I still stand behind these winery recommendations.  Big Basin Mandala is also one of my fav. syrahs....

Reply by penguinoid, Jan 9, 2013.

If you're a fan of Rhône varieties, you might want to look out for Yangarra Estate wines, from the McLaren Vale. I assume they still sell in the US, though their website no longer lists their US importer's phone number.

Their "High Sands Grenache" in particular is spectacular. The 2011 vintage (oddly not listed on their website) is 13,5% alcohol, and as perfumed and pinot-esque as you could imagine a grenache to be. Too expensive for me, but well worth a try if you can manage it.

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