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What is Vermentino?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:28:25 +0000

Perusing through the retail wine shelves or a restaurant wine list, you may have come across “Vermentino” and wondered what it is. Yosemite Sam might guess it is an Italian wild rabbit but he’d be wrong. Though, he’d be right about the Italian part — Vermentino is a grape from Italy. Yes, Vermentino is a […]



Wine Review – What Brunello 2011 Tastes Like

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:10:32 +0000

Please don’t tell the Consorzio, but I had my first taste of Brunello 2011 — and Brunello 2010 Riserva — a few days ago. Some of you in the wine trade might be interested in my impression, so I’m sharing here. Before you proceed, please look at my profile and you’ll see I work for […]



Arsenic In Wine – The Complete List

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:58:34 +0000

Following is the full, complete list of wines that allegedly contain dangerous amounts of arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, California. Almost all are inexpensive California wines. Arsenic is a poison that, when ingested in high enough doses, can be fatal. 1. Acronym GR8RW Red Blend 2011 2. Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel […]



Kim Crawford Pinot Gris

Wed, 14 May 2014 22:41:33 +0000

Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2013 | Marlborough, New Zealand Nose is wide open and expressive, with bright, delicious aromas of pineapple, ripe pear, peach, and apricot. In the mouth, the fruit is similar — really ripe, bright, upfront sweet pear, with a touch of residual sugar, but the fruit lasts through a lengthy, pleasant finish. […]



Tuscany in Ten Minutes

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:04:33 +0000

Learn all you need to know about Tuscan wines in ten minutes by watching the video below, produced by the Guild of Sommeliers: The Wines of Tuscany from guildsomm on Vimeo.



How You Pour Wine Affects Your Drinking

Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:36:14 +0000

This information came out a few months ago, but it remains relevant: did you know that the way you pour your wine can affect how much you drink? According to studies published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse: – Wider glasses lead to pouring up to 12% more wine than a narrow glass. – […]



Red Wine Review: Chateau Lassegue 2006

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:40:46 +0000

Chateau Lassegue 2006 | Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France Yet another stellar example of right bank Bordeaux by brilliant winemaker Pierre Seillan. Generous, open nose give opulent scents of ripe black fruit, earth, and mild hints of dark chocolate, tobacco, and something vegetal. On the palate it’s more restrained — really tight, not ready to offer the […]



How To Buy Champagne for New Year’s

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 03:21:55 +0000

We’re about to ring in the New Year — and the best way to do it is with bubbles. But which bottle of bubbles to choose? First, if you aren’t already aware, Champagne is a type of sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine can be called “Champagne.” Actually, that’s not entirely true — there […]



Wine Gatekeeping and Empowerment

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:51:41 +0000

Last week I worked a distributor event, standing behind a table pouring my company’s wines to retail and restaurant wine buyers, waitstaff, sales reps, and other trade/industry people. This is always a pleasure for me, as I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people who get a kick out of wine and looking to explore and educate […]



Pine Ridge Chardonnay

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:13:27 +0000

Pine Ridge Chardonnay Dijon Clones Carneros – Napa Valley, California Every once in a while I get a hankering for big, buttery, Chardonnay — i.e., “New World” style, usually from a warm-to-hot wine region. Although this wine comes from grapes picked both from Carneros and Napa Valley, to me, this wine speaks Napa. When I […]