Educate your Sense of Taste.

The third part of wine tasting takes place in the palate and it evaluates the wine’s structure and flavor. While we swirl the wine in our mouth, we should put our nasopharynges to work. This can be done by aspiring some air inside the mouth before swallowing the wine. New flavors and smells appear, specially 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…

FYWI…For Your Wineformation

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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,…

Bottle to Impress

CHATEAU D’AQUERIA is a dry but fruity rose wine from Tavel, France. This town is in southern France, where the Rhone River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It is made from Grenache, Syrah and other grapes from the region. This wine’s very swift, almost inexistent sweetness and delicate fruitiness makes it perfect for salads and light seafood…

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….

Great Finds Under $20

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…