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….

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…

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…

Wine tasting aromas…fake news or are they for real?

Being a wine newbie myself, I do appreciate wine aromas but I still do not get that a wine could smell like “sensitive and burnt cotton sugar with a suspicious raw red meat aroma”.  Recently reading an article at npr.org I realized I was not the only one confused with all that “wine poetry” and hyperbole. To…

Educate your Sense of Vision.

Tasting wine entails the use of our eyes, nose and taste buds. We have talked about educating the sense of smell. Now comes our sight. The first part of the tasting process is visual. We can learn a lot from looking at our glass of wine. We can start guessing the wine’s grape variety, region,…

Wine Term of the Week

There are 5 basic wine characteristics, building blocks of wine: tannins, acids, body, fruit, sweetness. Today I will talk about ACIDS. Acidity is important for imparting structure to the wine, making it crisp and refreshing. It also gives wine its aging capability. Wines that are acidic tend to go better, to pair better with food….

Wine Term of the Week

LENGTH & FINISH: Length is a tasting term to describe how long the taste stays on your palate after taking a sip of wine. It is measured in seconds and it can be short/medium or long. A long finish means that the flavor of the wine lingered for at least 8 seconds. If it was elegant…

CAFA FORMATIONS Ecole Internationale de Sommellerie

CHOOSE PREFERED LANGUAGE AT BOTTOM OF HOME PAGE. In February of last year I decided to enter CAFA Formations classes in order to become a certified sommelier. I have worked in the Food Industry all my life and it seemed like a good way to learn about a new category in the Industry. Still, what was I thinking? First…

How do you know that a wine is good?

I have been asked this question many times. Answering in a non snobby way, I can say that you will know that a wine is good the same way you know that a book is good, by reading many, many books. The more you read, the more you appreciate and learn to differentiate a good…

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…