I get it. It’s holiday time and we are scurrying around shopping for gifts as it is only 22 days until Christmas. I also get when you are at the department stores you head upstairs to Gift Wrapping to try to present the present in a special way or stick it under the tree. […]Read More The “Gift” Is The Wine Bottle..Not A Box!
When the average consumer thinks of Italian Wine they automatically think or ask for a Chianti. Many falsely believe Chianti is a type of wine when in fact it is a region in Tuscany. The MAIN grape used in most Tuscan Wines is Sangiovese. Once you know that, there are many more options in […]Read More Sangiovese: It’s More Than Just Chianti
Sommeliers don’t know anything about Dentistry or The Stock Market. We study wine. We learn the art of pairing wine with food and matching guest’s palates with the right recommendations within the right budget. This video urges consumers in any situation that can use the help of a “Professional Opinion” to use O.P.B. or […]Read More Use O.P.B During O.N.D. !
I am not saying that all mass produced or bulk wines, whichever terminology you prefer, are poor quality. This video was inspired by a really in depth article featured in Bon Apetit written by a Master Sommelier speaking about how a lot of wineries want to ride the wave of a popular wine trend […]Read More “Mass” Produced Wines…Buyer Beware
So many Cork Dorks like me plan travel and vacations to areas that are famous for Wine Production such as Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, California, Oregon, Washington State to name a few. Newbies get very excited as they should be, that many of the wineries they will get to tour and taste will […]Read More Traveling? Wines NOT To Bring Home
Both the consumer and the Sommelier in a Restaurant or Wine Retail Shop both want the same outcome. They want a great wine that meets their palate at the price they can afford. Sommelier’s are not used car salespeople. We have so much passion to make people happy and to spread the gospel to […]Read More Trust Your Sommelier
Who Or What Is A Minervois? I always am curious as to why some wines just fly off the shelves and always out of stock while a good handful in various sections just sit there and sit there and never have I seen a guest even look at the bottles, let alone buy them. I […]Read More Lonely Mixed Breed Wine.. Needs Home!
Just like the frustration I have with Restaurants and a mediocre at best, selection of wines By The Glass, I have the same emotions about a wine shop that has a mediocre selection of Chilled Wines for “Grab And Go”. Usually it is the norm to put all the national recognizable stuff ONLY in […]Read More Chilled Wines For “Grab And Go”
A Wine Importer That Doesn’t Sell Hats In A Shoe Store Coming off a Father’s Day weekend and writing this Wine Review and my deceased father Marty repeated his Mantra over and over “Don’t Buy a Hat in A Shoe Store”, I very rarely write about a Wine Importer. My father meant a business should […]Read More Keep Reaching for the “STARZ”!
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” ???