Clearly, the easiest way to tell a server or Sommelier what type of wine you want is to point to the one that you have selected on the list. Frankly, if you can do that and be comfortable with all the wine styles, you might know more than your server. But that isn’t always so easy and the ability to give some useful guidance can yield you a better wine and dining experience.
There are a few basic approaches to communicating your
All Rieslings are sweet and Yuck! Perhaps double yuck and don’t you know sugar
That’s how a lot of people feel about Rieslings and
fortunately for the rest of us, they are dead wrong. Rieslings are made in a range of sweetness
from bone dry to luscious, dessert in a glass.
I suppose it is this preconceived notion that this elegant wine is
always sweet is the reason it is out of favor and following the general and
unfortunate downward slide of sweeter wines.
It’s a little secret of the winemaking
business – the makers don’t sell all their wine from their production. They’ll typically hold back 10-20% of their
production for future release. These sit
sleeping quietly in the caves and storage areas of each of the markers
sometimes for 20, 30, 50 or even more years!
I’ve seen video (unluckily I wasn’t there) of European winemakers
pulling our some wines that were 100 years old and drinking great.
So the question is, be sides buying the winery, how do we access these incredible gems?
One of the value plays you might be missing on the wine list is magnums, those large format (and slightly intimidating) bottles. They look great on display and clearly say that some group had a great time!
But it turns out they can be a great value on the wine list
I have worked with hundreds of CEOs and executives over the years in my
career as a coach. We’ve accomplished great things together like building
game-changing business models, upending entire markets, and taking companies
Yet, in all that time, and among all the suggestions and feedback I have ever handed out, there is one piece of advice that my clients tell me is the best I have ever given. It involves a simple tip to remember which bread plate and water glass is yours when you go out to dinner.
I know: not what you were expecting, right? Well I can’t tell you how
surprised I have been by the number of times my clients have come back and told
me how useful this piece of advice is.
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.
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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.
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!”