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….

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Cruz de Alba comes from Ribera del Duero, an area in Castilla y Leon, Spain. It comes from a Biodynamic farm. This means the wine vines are grown respecting nature, the moon cycle and natural nutrients, no artificial irrigation, picked by hand and no preservatives are used in its manufacture, among other considerations. This wine…

New & Trendy Drink

B-52 or B-53, which one do you like most? Since created in late 70’s this drink has been a favorite of bar menus. It was created by a bartender in Alberta in honor of the band with the same name, the B 52’s. It is made by layering a coffee liqueur (Kahlua) plus an irish…

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…

New & Trendy Drinks

MICHELADA. This is a Mexican prepared beer, cerveza preparada. The basic mix is your preferred Mexican beer plus Clamato, lime juice, spices and pepper. I do not add spices nor pepper because that is my personal preference. Other optional ingredients are maggi sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chamoy powder or serrano peppers. This beer mix is best…

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…

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?…

Educate Your Senses

One of the biggest pleasures I got from learning to taste wine was the opportunity to “get to know” or enhance my senses, primarily the sense of smell. I had no idea the nose could be educated to remember smells and that, once mastered, the skill could help me perfect my food paring and wine…

New & Trendy Drinks

Frose, the official drink of the Australian Open. It emigrated from New York to Sydney. Basically a Rose wine slushie, it is made with rose wine, strawberries and a little punch from vodka or vermouth. I found a nice recipe at realsimple.com which is: Using previously freezed rose wine cubes, blend them together with 1 cup…

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…

Great Finds under $20

CHOOSE LANGUAGE AT BOTTOM OF FRONT PAGE. Louis Latour Domaine Valmoissine is a wine from Burgundy, France, more specifically from Beaune, Cote de Nuits, Borgogne (Burgundy), France. Why is this important? First of all because in that region the place where the grapes are grown determines the level of quality of the wine. Second of…