Wine Education

    • Minibar Launches in Dallas: The App Bringing Alcohol Your Way in a Zap

      I usually do not wax poetic about another wine, spirits or beer related app. I was recently introduced to Minibar, an experience that could easily be the most ingenious and dangerous app ever introducing to wine, spirits and beer loving consumers. Minibar launched in Dallas on December 9th and the folks there gave me a $20 credit to try the experience.

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    • January Wine Favorites: Top Three that Knocked My Socks Off

      Last week’s tasting acutely illustrated the expression that you have to kiss frogs to find a prince. We tried 12 wines. I’m going to cover three. White 2013 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks – this wine begs for a pairing with Asian food but is delicious on its own. You’ll taste jasmine flowers, honeydew, peach and other tropical notes.

      Dallas Wine Chickin Cabernet Franc Pinot Noir- 4 readers -
  • Pinot Noir from Australia, California & France

    Published by Simon Final post from the week in which Australia Day falls, with the accent today on Pinot Noir. Louis Latour Maranges 2012, Burgundy, France (£23.54 Spirited Wines) There’s gentle raspberry fruit in here, but overall, it’s rather fey, with not enough flesh and flavour to back up the stalky notes, and a touch of brett too.

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  • Shiraz from Australia & Portugal

    …, The Secret Cellar, Sheldon’s Wine Cellars, Shills of Cockermouth, Slurp.co.uk, The Vineking, Winedirect.co.uk, Wine Man, The Wine Reserve, Winetrust100.co.uk Tags: Video Categorised in: Adelaide Hills, Alentejo, Heathcote, McLaren Vale, Syrah/Shiraz, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • Two delicious but quite different Sauvignons

    … John, The Vineyard, Ozwines, Winedirect) Rounder and smoother than the low alcohol and tender age would lead you to believe, but still has classic ‘green’ flavours – cut grass, nettles, sappy lemon and lime – with some stony mineral notes to pep up the finish. Shellfish please. S Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa…

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  • Two Grenaches from Willunga 100, McLaren Vale, Australia

    … Wines, Ozwines) Takes the gentle spicy freshness of the above and, rather than making the same flavours louder, adds in floral elements, plus what seems to me an iron-like tinge from the soil. Again, all the better for decanting and giving it time to calm down. S(-) Tags: Video Categorised in: Grenache, McLaren Vale, Video, wine, Wine Education…

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  • How to Enjoy Wine 101

    … It is easy to make the enjoyment of wine overcomplicated. Remember, to a large extent, personal preference matters the most. Following are some basic recommendations that can enhance your experience: Temperature: Because most people don’t have the luxury of a temperature controlled wine cellar, white wines are typically served too cold and red…

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  • 2015 is Year to Explore, Travel

    … The annual year-end column is normally a listing of my Top 10 wines of the year. Not this year, there are too many lists out there already. Instead, much like the days as an old newspaper editor, here is a collection of random thoughts you might test to improve your palate and wine enjoyment. Drink Different Since launching Grape Sense in 2007…

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  • Downoladable FsT Wine Tasting Chart!

    … For the convenience of those readers who do not follow Flora’s Table, below is a post that I published on that blog today with some material that may be of interest to fellow oenophiles: a free, downloadable wine tasting chart! Keep reading if you want to know more about it. Exactly two years ago, I had published a post on this blog providing…

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  • Downoladable FsT Wine Tasting Chart!

    … Exactly two years ago, I had published a post on this blog providing a general overview of the Italian Sommelier Association wine tasting protocol and the steps it entails. Over time I have kept giving some thought about wine tasting and how the use of a common procedure and a common vocabulary may help making different people’s tasting…

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  • Around the World in 48 Sips!

    … Join us in 2015 as we embark on a virtual wine tour around the world. Each month, we will host an education class, focusing on different wine regions around the world. We are kicking off our ‘Passport Series’ with a Chilean Wine Education class. During each class we will discuss the wine history of the region, the wine regions within that area…

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  • School Daze – Further Adventures in Wine

    … As you may have read, here on le blog, last fall I was studying for my CSW certification (Certified Specialist of Wine) through SF Wine School. Recently, I learned that I didn’t make the cut; unsurprisingly, with only 65% of first time test takers passing, I narrowly missed my pass rate. After my initial fury at myself for missing 9 itty…

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  • Advice For Upcoming Grand Wine Tasting Events

    …. 2) At the BWE, you will find primarily only wine available for tasting, with possibly a handful of exceptions. At the MSW, you will also find beer. cider and spirits available, with a separate area for beer and cider. The spirits are presented within the wine tasting room, and I recommend tasting them after you have already tasted the wines you…

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