This holiday season has been a bit different for me this year. I have been studying for 2 different wine exams which meant a lot of wine tasting. Last week I attended the Court of Sommeliers seminar and exam which was held at the lovely five star Montage Laguna Beach. Not only did I attend the seminars there I also spent the night. They extended a gracious rate to the studying Somm’s which saved me from commuting about 3 hours each day and I was grateful. After a long day of lectures, I retreated to my lovely beachfront room ate dinner and studied. I thought to myself how luxurious this line of studies is! Let’s face it this doesn’t happen everyday, and I just like all of you out there are enjoying the season, but it is a bit exhausting. These days I find it more satisfying to have dinner with a few friends or just my family and enjoy some of these special “grown up drinks” as the Masters like to say. So here is my list….