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There’s another mini-Master Sommelier exam happening in Uncorked episode 3. Jane & Jon talking about the test, which is now 6 weeks out. Dana for some reason heads out to the Pebble Beach Food & Wine event with Master Sommelier Alex. Yannick is doing a tasting test with a master sommelier, Pascaline LePeltier. He also introduces us to The Grid – what the tester uses to document all of the characteristics the student is describing in the wine. He finds out he goes too fast & cruises over aspects of the wine that are important. Pffft…. Argentinian Malbec… please. Jane … Continue reading
We’re now 2 months out from the Master Sommelier exam in Uncorked episode 2. Some hopefuls are preparing for the Top Somm competition, while others are working on a wine fundraiser. Dana and Morgan set up a practice service experience with Alex, a Master Sommelier. He challenges Dana by questioning just about every single wine suggestion he offers. No California wines! I was just in Australia! I had bad jamon once – no Spanish wines. He’s relishing being THAT GUY at a restaurant. Dana is then called out for not pouring the wine for the ladies first at the table. … Continue reading
What do you think of when you think of wine? How tasty it is? How snobby it can be? The funny sounds people make while they’re tasting? Not drinking effing merlot? Uncorked premiere episode introduces us to the Master Sommelier test & 6 people preparing for an exam that will make their careers. It is also an exam that very few people (like around 200) have actually passed in its 40-some year history. Because of how hard this exam is, I’m assuming that we may see someone pass the exam, or we may not which is kind of unusual for … Continue reading
The Face Off Season 9 finale is here! We finally get to see the mini-movies the series has been hyping all season. We left off in part 1 with the artists learning that they needed to create a third character for their movie. Cause, of course they weren’t going to get multiple days to tweak two makeups. But to make it a little less daunting, and to bring back even more eliminated Face Off contestants, each artist gets 1 more person to help them out. Ricky, Libby and Jason are claimed by Nora, Evan and Ben respectively. Nora’s got to … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 13 begins with the usual reality show “blah, blah, blah I’m stressed out & miss my family so here – talk to them on FaceTime so we can see who is bolstered by this & who cries.” Face Off is one of the nicest reality shows on TV, so the whole “humanize the contestants” seems really unnecessary. These people already seem nice, so I really don’t need to see them getting emotional with their loved ones to let me know that. But then again, I never like the “family moment” portion of reality TV even … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 12 begins with Ben, Nora and Evan rehashing the previous challenge. But it’s not long before we’re on the Universal Studios backlot. We’re standing in front of the Desperate Housewives house & learn that it used to be The Munsters house. There’s a mini-graveyard in front of the house. The artists have to pick a headstone & create the character who lies there. Nora goes with Black Sheep Cousin; Ben goes Inappropriate Uncle; Evan goes with Bully Older Brother; Jordan selects Spinster Aunt and Scott goes with Stern Father. After selecting, the artists learn that … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 11 is Syfy’s cross-promotion with their new show The Expanse, coming in December. The focus challenge is show a human that has survived a selected catastrophic event & evolved from that. Apparently The Expanse is about humans that have evolved with less gravity, so we’ve elongated & gotten bigger heads or something. Time to pick our disasters! This week it’s Nora’s turn to have a freak out. She has a moment where she just can’t sculpt. Normally in this situation, she’d just rip the clay off her face & start over. For some reason this … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 10 starts with 7 models with 7 weapons. This Foundation Challenge asks the artists to create tribal makeups and scarification on the model’s face & torso inspired by the model’s weapon. We get a guest judge for this foundation challenge – Oscar-winning makeup artist Robin Mathews. Meg and Scott are the top 2. Scott smartly thinks of tribes that paint their bodies with mud & recreates that kind of look on his model. Meg gets praise for her detail in her simple design. Robin also says her makeup is camera-ready. But Scott ends up taking … Continue reading
Do you ever sit around & think about The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Me neither. But that’s all we think about in Face Off Season 9 episode 9. We’ve got your War. We’ve got your Pestilence. We’ve got your Famine. We’ve even got the big kahuna: Death. And, for a limited time, since we’ve got 8 artists left, you’ll get two, Two, TWO of each horseman for the price of one! It’s a steal! Call Now! So, yeah, four horsemen + eight artists = 2 sets of the horsemen on the Face Off stage. And while there will be … Continue reading
To sum up Face Off Season 9 episode 8, let’s quote Nora: “If it’s a fight to the death they want, it’s a fight to the death they’ll get. Let’s go, thunderdome.” This episode puts the artist into The Gauntlet. The Gauntlet is a series of 3 challenges, each one harder than the last. The artists will be ranked on each challenge. The person on top of the leaderboard at the end will win. The person on the bottom will be eliminated. For the first gauntlet challenge, the artists pick a model. Each model is dressed to indicate if they … Continue reading