Mexican Beer Tasting

Today we are reminded of Mexico on radio, tv, online. Everywhere we look we see an ad for 5 de mayo. I love Mexico and everything Mexican, so we’ll celebrate their culture and do a blind tasting of Mexican beer. (Of course we are eating guacamole and chips while we do this) 🙂 We are…

Viticulture (a fancy way to say wine production) Trivia

photo courtesy of Venopediatv. There is a time before the vine starts growing its leave buds that it cries. It happens just as the vines end their long winter hibernation, from late March to early April. They could cry up to 1.3 gallons in a short time, (5 liters)! The vines are waking up and…

Tasting Wine After “Maria” to gain a sense of normalcy and FUN.

Hurricane Maria, it does not seem to leave us! The storm came to Puerto Rico 5 months ago, on September 20, and there’s still people without electricity and of course without internet. I felt I needed to have solidarity with them and not blog until we all were connected again. Then it hit me, we…

Tasting Tricks – Chardonnay

Let’s not forget white grapes and the queen of them all, Chardonnay. Wines made from this grape have quite a following. These wines are full bodied and come in two styles: buttery or naked fruit. They used to be made using wooden barrels but now the norm is stainless steel or concrete bats for a…

Tasting Tricks-grapes, Merlot

We know how to differentiate between Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Next comes Merlot. This grape is in the middle, between the two: larger than Cabernet Sauvignon, with more pulp and less skin but enough to have medium tannins, more than Pinot Noir. Merlot wines are good by themselves, not only with food. They are pleasant, smooth wines….

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…

Trendy Drink

Older cocktails are becoming trendy. Taking into consideration that Russia is all over the news these days, I researched the Black Russian. It’s a 1940’s drink created during the cold war when Russia was a mysterious and dark place. I envision drinking this cocktail on a rainy day as an aperitif or a digestive, (fancy…

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…