What The Heck is a Cru Bourgeois?? It really is no wonder that most wine consumers stay clear of the French Wine sections on Restaurant Wine Lists or in Wine Retail Stores. I am a Certified Level 2 Sommelier and the French especially, change their classification systems more frequently than I change my socks, and […]Read More Cru Bourgeois ??= Good Stuff!!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Due to the mass marketing of very popular and well branded large production Champagne in France, most consumers think they have to re finance their homes to afford the “Real Deal” Champagne. Here are some examples in Part 4 of my 4 part series on Wines for […]Read More Ring In 2018 With Value CHAMPAGNE! Holiday Wine Gifts ..Part 4
Meet The Nicolis Family The history of this family has always been intimately bound to the art of wine growing. Here in San Pietro in Cariano, they are in the heart of the VALPOLICELLA (Valley Of The Many Cellars) Classico zone, and caring for their own land here has always been an important part of […]Read More This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Valpolicella!
Thanksgiving Wines Featured From ABC Fine Wines Giovanna Tantini Chiaretto Rose, Bardolino, Italy $13.99 Domaine Des Carteresses, Tavel, Rose, Rhone Valley France, $12.99 Boedecker Cellars Reflection Pinot Noir Rose, Willamette Valley Oregon, $14.99 Collalto Spumante Rose, Susegana Italy, $16.99 Jean Noel Haton Non Vintage Brut Rose Champagne, France, $33.99 (Amazing) Yes ,they are all […]Read More Sorry Somms. Don’t Pair Wine With TURKEY. Pair The Wines With THANKSGIVING Dinner!
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??
Chiavennasca (KEY–OV-UH-NASS-CUH) In The Northwest region of Italy known as Piedmont, Nebbiolo is used in 3 D.O.C.G villlages. Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. All 3,Barolo the most popular are pretty pricey or at least around $45.00 Minimum Retail. In Langhe which is not a D.O.C.G. you get a better bang for your buck with Nebbiolo. In […]Read More A Poor Man’s Barolo And Barbaresco
One Of The Parents Of Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc crossbred with Sauvignon Blanc is how we have the popular grape varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. It is one of the principle Black Grapes used in wines worldwide and one of the 5 Red Grapes used to blend in Bordeaux. Most “Right Bank” Bordeauxs from Saint Emilion as […]Read More Let Me Be “Franc” (Fronk)
As I state in the Video, most sommeliers refer to the area of Taurasi as “The Barolo Of The South” because of it big bold flavor profile. In My World it is just the opposite. I refer to Barolo as “The Taurasi Of The North. Seek out AGLIANICO (AH-Lee-On-Ee-C0) It is and always has been […]Read More My Personal Favorite Wine Grape Is Not Very Common : Aglianico
Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon had 2 Parents?? One was Sauvignon Blanc and The Father Was Cabernet FRANC (FRONC not FRANK). They fooled around a bit and we got the Offspring of Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s 90% Used As A Blending Grape Yes,Cabernet Franc is used mostly as a blending grape in many wines. It […]Read More Bourgueil Is A Region in France Not A Skin Disorder !