I’ve written before about how to bring a bottle of wine to a restaurant, but I recently did a video on the same topic — enjoy!
I recently attended a wine tasting with all Beaujolais wines and I was reminded of what excellent values these wines represent. The most interesting trend for me was the development of single vineyard Cru wines – and some of them showed real potential.
Enjoy a repost of this one
The wine list can be intimidating and especially when you are on a budget. While its easy to step up to the plate and order the predictable and safe Caymus or SilverOak at $200 a bottle, there are plenty of places on a wine list where you can have an awesome bottle of wine and not break the bank.
While champagne is normally considered an extravagant indulgence, it is actually incredible value for money on the typical wine list, especially when comparing to other global class wines you might select. Smart wine list have been stopping at the Champagne section of the wine list for years.Continue reading “Wine List Value Plays: Champagne”
When having sushi, we are often handed a Sake menu with strange Japanese words and descriptions of elegant flavors. But how is Sake made and how do you pick one for yourself and your guests? Continue reading “Sake It To Me, Baby!”
When we go to a restaurant and are handed the wine list, it can be intimidating, particularly if the list is large and complex. The fancier the restaurant, the larger the list. But you can have some fun with a wine list if you know a few secrets. Continue reading “7 Secrets to Get The Most Out of a Wine List”
It’s the perfect beverage to celebrate a big event, a marriage, a graduation or even making it through a tough week. Sparkling wine or champagne (read my prior article on this) pairs great with food and has that something extra in the bubbles that let you know it’s a party. But how to open a bottle of sparkling wine properly and elegantly? Continue reading “How to Open a Bottle of Bubbly”
After a wonderful meal with clients, rather than dessert some people opt for Port. It’s a great way to let the meal settle and relax and talk. But what is port and what are the differences between Ruby, Tawny and Vintage? Continue reading “How About a Port for After Dinner?”
We’ve all seen a sommelier gently pouring a bottle of older wine into an elegant decanter and service from this fancy glassware, not the bottle. But why do they do this? And when is it appropriate? Continue reading “When Do You Decant a Wine?”
The three-tier distribution system (Maker – Distributor – Retailer) goes back to the repeal of Prohibition in the United States in 1933. The states were put in charge of the laws around distribution of alcohol, but the states and the federal governmentwere mostly concerned about collecting taxes. Most states have outlawed the ownership of the entire chain of distribution to make sure there are clear demarcation points where they can collect, except in some special cases like brewpubs. Continue reading “How Does the Wine Distribution System Work?”
If you answered $90, you are only partially right. You can spend a widely varying amount on a bottle of wine, from a bottle of Barefoot wine at under $5.00 to a bottle of of Chateau Petrus at nearly $5,000. They are both wine, made from grapes, so what causes this difference? And what goes into the costs? It turns out it starts from the very ground the grapes are grown on and goes from there. Continue reading “What is the Difference between a $10 and $100 Bottle of Wine?”