Fine dining as we know it today is a delicate and intricate art, requiring not just familiarity but specialization. Considered one major and crucial component of the staff of any first-class restaurant is the sommelier. A sommelier is a wine steward, an aficionado of wines whose expertise is the equivalent of a chef. He should… Continue reading What Makes a Master Sommelier?
As the old saying goes, “wine tastes better with age.” This old proverb is a truism that owes its existence to the array of fine wines that take several years to reach full flavor, and has become a byword for graceful aging. Poetic as this statement may be, it is also ultimately incorrect, at least… Continue reading Better With Age? Dissecting The Truth Behind a Wine Truism
An assortment of flavors can be detected from many kinds of wine, and many different varieties would have a distinct flavor profile associated with it. For the newbie, the words used to describe wine flavors may sound inexplicable and odd. After all, why would wines be described as having the flavor notes of blueberries or… Continue reading Underscoring The Importance Of Blind Taste Testing In Wine Judgment
People love to discuss the health benefits of otherwise unhealthy stuff, such as alcoholic beverages. Wine is no different. Though there are health benefits to be had when drinking wine, which will be discussed below, it is also prudent to keep in mind that the ideal consumption is one to two 4 oz. glasses per… Continue reading The Health Benefits Of Drinking Wine
Wine is a drink of people with refinement and substance. As there are thousands of wine varieties, there are also many kinds of glasses that are used to contain them. Image source: winefolly.com A fair reminder to go by is that there are specific wine glasses that suit different kinds of wine. I have personally… Continue reading Wine Culture: The Types Of Glasses And Their Uses
Not all wines are created equally. Some are just straight-up better than others. Older wines are generally considered better and more expensive. Here are some of the greatest wines the world has to offer. Image source: blouinartinfo.com Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Romanee-Conti Grand Cru This French wine costs well over $10,500, and for good reason.… Continue reading Salut! The Legendary Wine List
Auckland is the largest region in New Zealand, with 1.5 million residents. Aside from having picturesque sites—volcanoes and islands mixing with urbanity—Auckland is essentially a wine region housing some of the oldest vineyards in the country. The heavy clay soil and subtropical climate constitute the perfect environment for mostly red wine, but have in the… Continue reading Oenology Destination: Auckland, New Zealand