Tasting Tricks-grapes: Pinot Noir

First we learned about Cabernet Sauvignon. Now we will learn about Pinot Noir. These two grapes are very different from each other and very important for wine newbies like ourselves. We need to taste them both and remember their aromas. We need to learn the differences and make decisions as to what we like. I like…

Wine Term of the Week

Bordeaux & Bourgogne terms to make it easier to understand French wine. Chateau: a country house where wine is made in Bordeaux. Clos: enclosed, walled vineyard in Burgundy, used to protect the grapes from theft. Each parcels could belong to a different person. Climats: small individual plots that have a particular microclimate. In Bordeaux it is called Terroir….

St Emilion: Wine Tasting, “Chateau hopping”

French wines are a national treasure. As such, they are very heavily guarded and regulated. The St Emilion region is one of the best so all the Chateaux are subject to inspections by the government and need to comply with certain rules in order to be classified as the best. St Emilion Chateaux were classified…

…And I made it to Bordeaux!

Since last summer, when I finished my studies at CAFA Sommelier School of Bordeaux, I became curious about going to visit Bordeaux. It sounds like a natural goal to have after becoming a sommelier, right? So I asked our teacher, Rosanna, for advice on places to go and then set my expectations to low so as not…

Bottles to Impress

I recently went to a wine tasting at Vistas Restaurant in Ponce. We tasted wines from Pio Cesare winery. It was hosted by Horreo de V Suarez and given by one of the owners of the winery, Pio Boffa, 4th generation winemaker and grandson of Pio Cesare. This made it extra fun. Thanks to El Horreo de…

Bottles to Impress

Top 100 list from winespectator.com chose Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from Napa Valley as their #1 pick. This wine is one of my favorites, even though the price tag is high for a new to wine person. It costs about $90 per bottle. What makes this wine great? We can start by saying it has…

Tasting Tricks – grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon

Now comes the fun part. We need to put to test all that we have learned about tasting. We need to practice. This is tough work, I know!:) In order to start developing our wine palate, we need to start tasting wines and we need to memorize its color and aroma. First of all, we…

Wine term of the Week

Tannins are one of the 5 most important characteristics of wine, remember the others? acid, fruit, body, sweetness. In nature, tannins are plant building blocks that protect, preserve and defend the plant from predators. In general, tannins belong to a group of compounds called phenols. Phenols aka tannins are the reason red wine is an…

Bottles to Impress

Quintessa is a red meritage, Bordeaux style blend from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California. Rutherford has the perfect soil for cabernets. The grapes that are used in a Bordeaux blend are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc & Carmenere. This wine is aromatic and well balanced (acids & tannins). Also it has a long finish (once…

New & Trendy Drinks

Whiskey vs Whisky, which is the correct way to write it? Both are correct, the Scots spell it whisky and the Irish spell it whiskey. So, Monkey Shoulder whisky is from Scotland. It is a blend of 3 malt whiskies: Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. It is smooth, sweet and easy to drink. On the nose you…

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro.

As we have learned, we start by looking at the glass in a 45 degree angle, away from us and over a white surface. COLOR. For white wine: lighter color indicates: younger age, cooler climate, specific grape and darker color indicates: older age, warmer climate, aged in barrel, specific grape. Red wines are the opposite, if…