This Wine Club Wants to Teach You How to Blind Taste Like a Master Somm

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Blind tasting wine—sniffing and sipping with no other information than whether it’s white or red—is humbling. It’s also irresistible. Drilling down through narrow nuances of a wine’s color, aromas, flavors, acidity, alcohol, tannins…to declare confidently that it’s from the Old World or the New—Italy, say, or Argentina; that it’s Nebbiolo, not Malbec; and that it’s a Barolo from 2015 versus 2016 is the legendary struggle of candidates studying for their final Master Sommelier exam. And it’s the private conviction of all other wine lovers that they could nail it, given the chance.

Now there’s a way to find out. Master the World is a monthly subscription blind-tasting kits, newly available to wine enthusiasts with any level of tasting experience (or lack thereof). Each box contains six small bottles (187 milliliters) marked only by numbers—a collection of wines, curated by a panel of Master

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Polo entrepreneur Janek Gazecki behind plans for Bondi Beach club defends proposal

A polo entrepreneur who plans to turn part of Bondi into an exclusive beach club with an $80 entry fee has defended his controversial proposal, insisting he isn’t an ‘elitist’.

Janek Gazecki made a proposal to Waverley Council to erect luxury cabanas roped off from the public over a 40 metre stretch of sand on Australia’s most iconic beach.

But the former lawyer’s goal to take over two per cent of the beach near Roscoe Street to serve expensive food and cocktails to ‘high net worth’ customers was met with swift backlash. 

‘It’s‌ ‌not‌ ‌elitist‌ ‌to‌ ‌give‌ ‌people‌ ‌an‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌to‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌the‌ ‌beach‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌different‌ ‌way. It’s‌ ‌diversifying‌ ‌the‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌beach,’ Mr Gazecki told the Sydney Morning Herald. 

‌Waverley‌ ‌Council ‌initially‌ ‌rejected the proposal, deeming it ‌unsuitable, but staff are now considering allowing the exclusive beach club to go ahead.

Former lawyer and polo entrepreneur Janek

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