Any time you throw a dinner party, perhaps for your boss or some important clients, you want everything to be perfect. But how do you make sure your wine glasses meet the standard – the right ones, cleaned and ready to enjoy wine out of? Continue reading “How to Clean Your Wineglasses Like a Professional”
Picture this: The sommelier pours the first taste of a recently opened bottle and stands expectantly, waiting for you to taste it and declare the bottle acceptable. But what are you really supposed to be tasting for? If the wine is well balanced? Too tart? Just right?
It turns out that what you are really supposed to do is quite simple in theory; and a little bit hard to do in practice. The primary thing you are doing is tasting to make sure the wine is acceptable for your guests and specifically, if the wine is flawed. Now, you don’t have to analyze if the tannins are in balance or if the winemaker had a heavy hand with the oak. You are simply tasting to see if there is a wet dog in your glass. Continue reading “What Do You Do When You Taste the Wine?”
So, how can you tell if the person coming to your table knows what they are talking about? Well, if you carefully check their lapel pin, the color of their pin will tell you what level of certification they have achieved.
Continue reading “What Does Your Sommelier’s Lapel Pin Mean?”
Can you remember the first wine that you fell in love with the first time you sipped it? The ephemeral experience of a wine that tickled all the right spots, made you want another sip, and caused you to become a fan? When that happens, it often becomes one of your go-to wines. When we hit the store trying to find a wine for an event or to share with friends, we browse the aisles and end up…. exactly at the same spot, with our old friend, our go-to wine.
Why? Continue reading “Expand Your Palate With A Wine Club”