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-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…

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…