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…

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…

Bottles to Impress

CHOOSE PREFERED LANGUAGE AT BOTTOM OF HOME PAGE. Yesterday I attended a wine tasting at El Horreo de V Suarez in Ponce, PR. It was a Barrel Tasting for 2015 Vintage of Louis Jadot greatest Burgundies. Barrel tasting means that these wines had not yet seen bottle aging so they are brand new. Is this important?…

From Dirt to Greatness

Wine flavor is mostly influenced by climate and the terrain where the vine is grown. A vine is a grape plant. The vine that produces grapes for wine is called Vitis vinifera. It is a strong plant with long roots that go very deep into the ground. They could go as deep as 9 feet…