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How to Open a Bottle of Bubbly

How to Open a Bottle of Bubbly

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...

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How About a Port for After Dinner?

How About a Port for After Dinner?

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? Generically, Port is a red,...

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When Do You Decant a Wine?

When Do You Decant a Wine?

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? There is one main reason to decant a wine and a secondary...

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How Does the Wine Distribution System Work?

How Does the Wine Distribution System Work?

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...

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Red White and Blue Wines for the 4th of July

Red White and Blue Wines for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is around the corner and while the traditional beer goes well with your grilled hot dogs, burgers and steak, there are some patriotic wines that can make great summer sippers. Red (Okay Pink) - Berberana Gran Tradicion Cava Rose Brut, Spain This...

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What Sets the Alcohol Content of Your Wine?

What Sets the Alcohol Content of Your Wine?

Making wine starts with grapes and most importantly, ripe grapes. The secret of the grower is to bring the grapes to their ultimate peak of ripeness, given their local weather and geography.  The trick is to pick them as ripe as possible before colder weather or...

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Making Sense of The 100 Point Wine Scale

Making Sense of The 100 Point Wine Scale

We’ve all seen the ratings of wines in in our favorite wine shop, usually wines with scores in the 80s or even 90s.  88 points! 92 Points! But what do these scores really mean?  Are higher scoring wines definitively better?  And what does a wine score...

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You Can Never Drink Too Many Bubbles

You Can Never Drink Too Many Bubbles

Champagne. It just rolls off the tongue and sounds luxurious, just like you are about to celebrate a special occasion. But wine with bubbles is fun anytime and I’d suggest that we can never drink enough bubbles! We can thank the Benedictine Monks for creating...

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Using Three Senses to Drink Your Wine

Using Three Senses to Drink Your Wine

One of the parlor tricks that Sommeliers use to deepen their appreciation of wine is called deductive tasting.  When doing this, they taste a wine without seeing the label on the bottle, or “blind”. Based on the various sensory input, they will deduce the grape,...

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Jim is a Certified Sommelier, holds an Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is a business person with 30 years of professional drinking experience helping professionals navigate wine and spirits, while keeping it fun!

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