Tasting Mastery: Learning Best Practices of Top Tasters

Tasting Mastery: Learning Best Practices of Top Tasters


With the help of behavioral scientist Tim Hallbom, Tim Gaiser worked to deconstruct his own internal wine tasting strategies.

Gaiser has since taken this experience and expanded it by conducting his own research with other top tasters in the industry.

Combining his understanding of wine tasting and behavioral strategies, Tim has unlocked the hidden code of expert wine tasting.


Tim Gaiser is an internationally renowned wine expert and lecturer.  He is one of 247 individuals worldwide to ever attain the elite Master Sommelier wine title and is the former Director of Education and Education chair for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas.  He is also an adjunct professor for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley.
Over his 25-plus year career Tim has taught thousands of students in wines and spirits classes at every level as well as developing wine education programs for restaurants, winery schools and wine distributors.  He has experience in all phases of the wine industry - online, wholesale, retail, winery, and restaurant - including stints at Heitz Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley and Bix and Cypress Club restaurants in San Francisco, and Virtual Vineyards/the original wine.com.
Tim has written for a number of publications including Fine Cooking Magazine and Sommelier Journal. He also writes for numerous wine and spirits clients including Champagne Perrier Jöuet, Wines of Germany and the Portuguese Cork Quality Association.
Prior to developing his wine expertise, Tim received an M.A. in Classical Music. He played classical trumpet as a freelance professional and as an extra with the San Francisco Opera until 1988.

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