Tag Archives: The Singing Sommeliere

Let’s Make Up

Chardonnay: Barrel Fermentation   I’ve heard guys warning their buddies not to fall too quickly for that pretty face across the room until he’s seen her au naturel. Brutally put: What does she look like without any …makeup?  Let’s face it, … Continue reading

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A Grape for all Reasons

Chardonnay   The pendulum of business paradigms seems to swing from diversification to core strength. Businesses divest themselves faster than a 70’s-stadium streaker, only to swing back to another acquisition spree with all the ferocity of a Black Friday shopper.  … Continue reading

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Here, Puss-Puss

Sauvignon Blanc  I’ve always kept my distance from bees, especially on hot summer days. It seemed the more sweltering the temperatures, the more menacing their mood.  It wasn’t until we moved across the proverbial pond and a couple of latitude … Continue reading

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Diamond in the Rough

First Know Your Grape Around late September, on warm and sunny autumn afternoons, the open markets of Europe’s wine growing regions feature tables piled high with Muscat grapes. The air is so thick with their sweet grapey perfume, you could … Continue reading

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‘Pressed’ for the Occasion

Assessing Quality   Sometimes less is more. Much as we might yearn to taste a 1948 Château Pétrus, we probably wouldn’t want to drink such a phenomenal wine day in and day out. Sometimes, a simple table wine is exactly what … Continue reading

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Blind Ambition

Tasting Blind  Do schools still mark on a curve system anymore? Although there are many formulas for grading on a curve, it boils down to one thing: grade trumps education. Tasters assess wines on a curve when they base their … Continue reading

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The ‘Sole’ behind the Theory

PS Formal Tastings: What They Don’t Tell You When your head’s brimming with theory, it only makes sense to put it to the test. Sometimes this can lead to the uncomfortable realization that theory is like a pair of new shoes: … Continue reading

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