Pannonia From Roman To Austrian Pannnonia was a province of the Roman Empire. Pannonia was located in the territory of present-day western Hungary eastern Austria and northwestern Croatia. Burgenland is a very unique sunny place and soil made up of clay, limestone , ancient rocks and gravel belongs to Austria. Ancient Grapes like Blaufrankisch, (Lemberger […]Read More Fun, Juicy Red From Austria
A Unique Area Of Burgundy, Mecurey In 2011, Benoît Eschard, an “Arts & Métiers” engineering graduate, decided to take over Domaine Jeannin-Naltet in Mercurey, from his uncle who was looking for a successor.Benoît’s motivation for taking it over was a more personal one. He was taking on, not just a family heritage, but a vineyard, […]Read More The “Mercurey Is Rising In Burgundy
The poor communication between Sommelier and Customer as to what style of wine they really want has been an age old dilemma. Many people want a Red or White Wine that isn’t big and tannic and is just soft, and silky and fruity. They Mistakenly ask for a wine that has a HINT of […]Read More Don’t Say The “S” Word !!!
Oregon Has A Cocky “Latitude” I know to many of my customers and friends this may be repetitive. I can’t help myself. I am a true Pinotphile!!! Only the people who grow this finicky, thin skinned grape and consumers who are seduced by the original home of the grape in Burgundy, France like myself, will […]Read More It’s “Will-Amette— Damn-it”!!
It’s still will be one of the most popular white wines that the average consumer drinks. It’s either Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay. House Chardonnay, House Pinot Grigio. In America, when it comes to wine laws, it is only required to put 75% quantity of the grape that is on the label in the wine. So […]Read More Chardonnay: Have It Your Way!!
I am a couple of days late celebrating #GrenacheDay around the World. It’s always been one of my favorite Grape Varieties but I personally love the expression of this grape from very old vines in the High Altitude Areas of Northeastern Spain where they refer to the grape as Garnacha! Where Is This Region Calatayud […]Read More You Say Grenache I Say Garnacha!
In my Restaurant Somm Days just like this sign says I thought Dolcetto D’Alba from the Northwest Italian Region of Piedmont, was an “EVERYDAY WINE”. I found them very boring and one dimensional to be perfectly honest and very rarely drink one. Then I Learned About “DOGLIANI” Everyone, even a Master Sommelier, learns something new […]Read More Dogliani.. It’s All About Dolcetto !
Most Wine consumers are getting the hang of it when it comes to different names for different grapes like Syrah being called Shiraz in Australia or Pinot Gris (Gree) is the same grape called Pinot Grigio in Italy. Tempranillo has more names than the artist PRINCE had when he was alive!! Between the countries of […]Read More The Name Game Of Tempranillo!
It boggles me everyday in this business. I am a Certified Sommelier and I don’t do heart surgery part time on the weekends and I don’t work at Home Depot either. I do however know how to recommend a bottle of wine for you based on your taste and budget. It’s all I know how […]Read More How Can You Say “NO” To That???
It’s spreading across America worse than EBola. Why do people with heart concerns or skin cancer concerns seek out Medical Specialists who are constantly keeping up with the latest advances in their fields but when a wine lover goes to a retail store or restaurant, they are annoyed by a sommelier’s guidance and some actually […]Read More Sommelieraphobia, An Irrational Fear Among Wine Lovers