Blind wine tastings can be a lot of fun. Yesterday we had a blind tasting that was incredibly fun but also quite humbling. Our goal was to distinguish Cabernet Sauvignons from Cabernet Francs. We (nine of us) tasted six Cabernet Sauvignons and four Cabernet Francs. All of the bottles were covered with construction paper. We tasted each one, talked about it, and then voted on which grape it was. The results: We were 100% right five times, largely right one time, and largely wrong three times. Given that we are all serious wine enthusiasts, those statistics were sobering. So today’s article is devoted to bling tasting learnings. I hope you enjoy it. [Read more…]
Did you know there are three Montepulcianos? First, there’s the beautiful medieval hilltop town in Tuscany, Italy. Second, there’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan wine named after the hilltop town and made primarily from Sangiovese grapes. Third, there’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (also known as Montepulciano), a red wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape grown in the Abruzzo region of Italy along the Adriatic coast.
Of the three, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (which I’ll call Montepulciano for the rest of the article) gets the least respect and attention, so it will be the subject of this article. [Read more…]
Happy New Year! In the tradition of making new year’s resolutions, I’d like to propose a set of wine resolutions. [Read more…]
To those of you who celebrate, I hope you had a fantastic Christmas. I hope you had a great time with family and friends and that you had lots of yummy food and wine. In honor of the season, I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas memes. Not surprisingly, all of mine are wine related. I know that there are tons of Christmas memes out there. So if you have any you’d like to share, I would be grateful.
In honor of the holidays, here are some wonderful sparkling treats from WineShop At Home. I hope you enjoy them! [Read more…]