Consumers of wine will sometimes turn down assistance from a sommelier or wine specialist because they don’t want to bother you for an “Everyday Wine” which to them means $9.99 or under and they believe their only options are for generic supermarket brands that are large production wines. They couldn’t be further from the […]Read More Everyday Wine…At Everyday Prices!
This entire blog is dedicated to less snobbery and bragging rights when it comes to Wines. I think for the everyday average consumer or even a Somm like me, there is a plethora of Wines in that “Sweet Spot” of $10-$20 that wouldn’t be “Good For The Price” but rather “Great For The Price” I […]Read More Under $20 Wines Are The “Sweet Spot”
Many times I see great wines in Retail Shops or on Restaurant Wine Lists or in Portfolios of Importers get deleted. The answer I always hear in response to Why is “That grape or that brand or that country doesn’t SELL HERE”. I don’t believe that for a minute. When I was a wine buyer […]Read More Att: Wine Enthusiasts. The Bottles Don’t Talk!
What is a Vino De Pago?? D.O. in Spain is like D.O.C.G in Italy or A.O.C in France. They are REGIONS that follow a list of guidelines and rules for making these wines. A PAGO is one specific Producer with Vineyards in Spain where only that specific Winery gets designated as a PAGO. Pretty much […]Read More We don’t need another Rioja, We Need More PAGOS!!
If you go to a Restaurant and see Sangria being made to order…Don’t Order !! The entire concept of course originating in Spain not Mexico as some think or certainly not from the USA, is to use leftover Spanish Wine, add some Spanish Brandy, add some sugar, fruit juices and the most important part, MACERATING Fruits […]Read More Sangria Should Be Made Ahead Of Time. Why Bother??
It’s great to be a Restaurant Sommelier Again. As I notice the selection process of our dining guests without my guidance, I find that most still are NOT concerned with Pairing the Wine with the Food they are eating. Of course the best wine to choose is the Wine YOU LIKE no matter what the […]Read More Spanish Wines Are The Clear Winner At Brazilian Steakhouses
Words echoed at Wine Retail Shops and Restaurants across the globe by consumers are ” I LIKE MERLOT BUT MY HUSBAND LIKES CABERNET”, “I’M LOOKING FOR A FULL BODIED CAB OR MAYBE A CABERNET/MERLOT BLEND. I LOVE THE BLENDS”! Server: “Do you like Italian Wines Or Spanish Wines”? Consumer : “OH I LOVE THEM ALL. […]Read More So Is This A Cabernet Or Is This A Merlot??? WHO CARES???????
Are you tired of drinking the same 9 wines from the same 9 grapes for the last 10 years?? How much Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz can you drink? Too much of the same thing in any part of life gets boring. Yes even sex. Being at just the […]Read More Harry Bellafonte Parody : GODELLO, Summertime Come And Me Want To Drink Some!!
That is not a picture of the San Francisco Earthquake. In an area of Spain, located 100 miles Northwest of Barcelona is Priorat or Priorato in Spanish which is a D.O. (Designated Origin) area for producing my favorite wines from Spain. It is probably one or the most difficult vineyard areas in the entire world. […]Read More Hooked On “ONIX” True Old Vine Fruit In Priorato!
We have seen the word Reserve on many domestic wines from California, Washington State like the picture above of the Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserve”. Heck, even the crappy supermarket Kendall Jackson Chardonnay went from labeling it as the Vintner’s Blend to the Vintner;s “Reserve” just to market the wine to the uneducated […]Read More In America “Reserve” Means Nothing, In Europe Riserva or Reserva Means EVERYTHING!