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Circle Game Retirement Press Release – 1/1/2018

Mark V. Fusco Announces His Retirement from “The Circle Game” 1/1/2018 – Beginning 1/1/2018, Mark V. Fusco has announced that he is retiring from The Circle Game. Mark was introduced to the game 20 years ago in the Summer of 1997 in its home state of Ohio while working at Dave & Buster’s in Cincinnati. […]

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The Future of 1337 Wine TV’s Podcast

Well, folks, it looks like in the near future I’ll have to stop the podcast of this show. All other forms of the show will continue still! I’ve almost exhausted the “free” or cheap ways of hosting video for the podcast though. My current solution is to use one of my websites (I have a […]

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My Adventures at TEXSOM 2016

So a few weeks ago I attended my 7th TEXSOM. My first one was in 2010 when I also passed my Intro Sommelier Exam. I’ve been going ever since. This is my 3rd straight year participating as a volunteer. And this is my second time competing in the TEXSOM Best Sommelier competition (the first time […]

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Taking the Advanced Sommelier Course

This past weekend (June 26-28, 2016) I attended the Advanced Sommelier Course. Recently it has become a requirement to take a course prior to taking the Advanced Sommelier Exam. While it may seem a pain to do this for those that passed their Certified in the recent past and just hadn’t gotten around to pursuing […]

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Advice for the New Somm

  While I’ve been seriously studying wine on and off for 10 years, this is the first year I’ve been a real sommelier. By that I mean I work in a restaurant that has a wine list with more than a few wines that I’m responsible for. Granted the vast majority of my wines by […]

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Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition 2014

I am a Sommelier. Not because I’ve earned a pin that says I’m certifiable certified from the Court of Master Sommeliers. It’s in my job title. But even before my current job, I was the sommelier at those other jobs. But at those places I was known as the “wine guy.” Saying “sommelier” in one […]

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Experiencing TexSom 2014

This is a copy of my post on the San Antonio Sommelier Association’s website. Please visit SASA for more information about our organization. TexSom 2014 – The Texas Sommelier Conference For our first post here on SASA I thought I’d share my experience at TexSom. TexSom is a conference started in Austin in 2005 by […]

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The Return to iTunes

While enjoying my day off on June 23rd, 2014 I get the following e-mail from Apple: “Dear podcast owner, The podcast located at the URL shown below has been blocked or removed from the iTunes directory as a result of technical problems with the feed.” The rest of the e-mail is just technical stuff about […]

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What Happened to 1337 Wine TV in iTunes and TiVo?!

*********2nd UPDATE******** I’ve now had a a little more than a week to figure this out. As of right now (7/7/14), TiVo is still functioning as it always has. I don’t know how long it will work in it’s current form however. iTunes is still not working. I am working on a solution for both […]

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2014 – The Year Ahead

As I sit here in Jury Duty at the Bexar County Courthouse, I figured this is as good a time as any to talk about my plans for 2014 and 1337 Wine. And instead of doing a recap of 2013, I thought I’d rather look ahead to 2014. 2013 overall was a good year for […]

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