Sommelier Palate Cleansing Tips

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The Pro: Jeffrey Kellogg, CMS

Wine Director, Maialino, NYC

The Trick: Chablis

Before tasting, Kellogg subs in Chablis for his morning coffee. “It’s key to calibrating my palate,” he says. And no, he’s not drinking it. He’s rinsing, and spitting. Well, usually. “It’s kind of this unwritten rule that candidates (of the Court of Master Sommeliers) have two glasses to relax before the service portion of the exam. It’s where the guests try to rattle you. I’ve even heard of having three, but two is the standard. Maybe three afterward.”

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