A Very NOBLE Italian Wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has nothing to do with the grape named Montepulciano usually coming from Abruzzo. Montepulicano is a municipality in Tuscany producing a wine mostly comprised of Sangiovese. Confused yet? Vino Nobile is one of Tuscany’s most renowned red wines. Though it often falls in the shadows of […]Read More A Wine Made For Nobile Kings!!
It’s after the holidays and a new year and many of us are financially tapped out. To me all throughout the year and even when I curated restaurant wine lists as a Sommelier, I always differ from many of my colleagues opinions. BOLD STATEMENT ALERT!!!! CLOSE YOUR EYES FELLOW SOMMS. “No Wine Is Worth […]Read More Wine’s All About The QPR!!!
Eric Solomon Selections If you would have asked a young Eric Solomon what he wanted to do when he grew up, he would have told you he wanted to be a rock drummer, or a classically-trained percussionist, in earshot of his parents. So at 18 he found himself in London as the understudy to the […]Read More The Reigning King Of Spain: Eric Solomon
Another New Year. I am hopeful as we started 2019 I notice a change in the large percentage of the consumers I speak to on a daily basis. Many but more than last year are not relying on phone apps, points, tasting notes or brand names any longer. I see many retaining the information […]Read More 2019! Wine Consumers Willing To Learn!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. I drink bubbles all year long but many just want to pop the cork to ring in the New Year. This is a busy busy day as people are confused with all the options and usually just go with what they know. […]Read More Q.P.R. Vintage Bubbly. Can’t Beat Haton!
Red Mountain A.V.A Captain Washington is happy to see that the new members to ABC Fine Wine and Spirit’s Block Wine Family is including a couple of more from Washington State. I notice that almost all except one are all made by Precept Brands in their Waterbrook Walla Walla large facility. What I like is […]Read More This Wine’s Comin’ Round The Mountain!
95% of customers I assist with recommendations whether buying for themselves or for someone else, ask for a Red Wine. I think the reason for this is that most wine consumers only think of White Wine as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. There are thousands of other grape varietals that produce white wines […]Read More Dreaming Of A WHITE Wine Christmas
Wanna Take A Guess??? Those beautiful vineyards are not in Europe or California or South America. This is one of the Wagner Vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Wagner Vineyards, Family Tradition! Wagner Vineyards was founded in Lodi, New York by Bill Wagner, a lifelong resident of the area and grape […]Read More “If You Can Make Wine There, You Can….”
Especially at this time of year people are under stress when gift buying. It’s even more stressful because they leave the Wine Gifts for the holidays for the very last moment…Panic Mode. Secret Santas, The Boss, The In laws, Significant Others, Friends, Etc. I am GUILTY as charged myself and always feel bad when […]Read More Let Us Somms Help You!
The Southern Rhone Valley Along the Rhone River you have the dominant Syrah based wines or 100% Syrahs of Cornas, Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage , Cote Rotie. As you can see on the map, the Southern Rhone , which is mostly Grenache Dominant Wines you have Cotes Du Rhone, Vacqueyras, the famous Chateauneuf du Pape and […]Read More “G” In Gigondas Equals Grenache