Houses Of The Forest! Houses of the Forest in Spanish is Casas Del Bosque. I have reviewed their other wines but never their Carmenere. Family owned winery Casas del Bosque was founded in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari. The son of an Italian immigrant, he had always dreamed of having his own vineyard and chanced […]Read More Carmenere Has To Be Done Right!
So many non meat and fish only and vegetarians are depriving themselves of drinking Red Wines because they are falsely buying into the myth that Red Wine with Meats and White Wines with Fish or Salads etc. There are so many regions in the world for example, Sicily, Puglia in Southern Italy where Fish […]Read More Red Wine With Fish Or Veggies? Yes!!
It truly is the most ridiculous comment and train of thought I hear from Restaurant and Retail Shop Owners as well as from Red Wine Lovers… “I Hate Syrah” Others include: “Syrah doesn’t sell in this state” (Insert State of Choice). “I drink Cabs, Merlots, Bordeaux but don’t give me Syrah”. It was bad enough […]Read More If You LIKE Red Wine You Can’t HATE Syrah!!
There is More To Spain Than Rioja Just south of Madrid, in the Central part of Spain we find great value wines from La Mancha and also Valdepenas. Most consumers when asking for Spanish Wine it’s Rioja, Ribera del Duero or Toro and those wines are not for every consumer’s palate. There’s lots of well […]Read More Cali Wine Fans….F.Y.I ..This is Spain!
Somms like me, whether in retail or restaurants have a tough order to fill in order to recommend the perfect wine for consumers, when their only criteria many give use is to recommend a “Good Wine”. What constitutes a “Good Wine”> I look at wine from 2 perspectives. One is from a technical aspect […]Read More What Is A “Good Wine” ???
I know the wine snobs will ask: “Why is a sommelier talking about Sweet Wines” ? The answer is that this wine blog is not for snobs and for everyday people and many of those everyday consumers like sweet wines but are faced with the dilemma of low alcohol and a dislike for bubbles. I […]Read More “How Sweeet It is “!!
I Love This Region Of Spain Most people when it comes to Spanish Wine think of 1- Rioja and 2-Ribera Del Duero both which are Tempranillo based. I have spoken about my favorite 2 areas who are very close neighbors in the Northeast corner of Spain 1- Priorat and 2- Montsant. These areas are shaded […]Read More 3 Soil Types. 3 Grape Types 1 Great Wine!
It has been a few years since I spoke about the Tessari Family from the Veneto in Italy, Sisto, Elena and Pietro from La Cappuccina which dates back to 1890. The beauty and the history of this winery and the family (Which I feel a part of ) and their philosophy of viticulture and wine […]Read More Don’t Panic, This Wine’s Organic!!
Wine Collectors Will The Wine Outlive Them? Over my career in Wine as a Sommelier I have met so many Wine Collectors on a large or small level and they are on mailing lists and belong to wine clubs and they buy Futures and Auction Wines. In every review of a wine in any of […]Read More Drink..Or Hold? Drink..Or Hold? I SAY DRINK!!
Interesting article in the New York Times last week that sadly predicts the future of wine in America as becoming only a dessert wine like Port or Icewine. . It made sense after I read it, how we raise our children from a very young age to have Soda, Dessert as a Treat, Ice Cream, […]Read More Who Says Bordeaux Is Not Everyday Wine??