Last month, I published an article called “Doing a Tasting of Unusual Wines” where I talked about the fact that in France today, the 20 most popular wines account for 93 percent of total wine produced. That means hundreds of wines account for the remaining seven percent of wine produced. Wow. It’s no wonder that there are so many rare wines. In that article, I also said that I was likely to do another article on the topic of rare wines. Not to let you down, I’m doing that today. The focus of this article will be on the amazing rare wines we sampled at a recent tasting. [Read more…]
I hope you had a fantastic Halloween. I thought this holiday was as good an occasion as any to test a basic rule of wine: the rule about pairing wine with dessert. At the two tastings I led this week, I had my hosts put out candy, in addition to the normal wine tasting foods, and I asked the guests to try each candy with each wine. Please continue reading to see what we discovered. [Read more…]
You’re having friends over for a rollicking evening of wine tasting. Each person or couple is bringing their favorite bottle. The big question is: How do you determine the best wine tasting order? This article will walk you through the things that are helpful to think about to truly nail your wine tasting order.
Please keep in mind that everything in this article is a guideline. If you want to start with Cabernet and finish up with Chardonnay, be my guest. But know that the tastes of certain wines are likely to diminish or damage the tastes of the wines that follow. I recommend following a few simple rules to get the very best wine tasting order – and the very best wine tasting experience. [Read more…]
Many of you have told me that you’d like to create your own custom-label wines. So I thought I would devote a blog article to creating custom-label wines. Happily, you can create your own label in 9 easy steps. [Read more…]
With the fall season upon us, the holidays are right around the corner. And guess what that means. It’s time yet again to think about gift giving. What do you buy the person who has everything? How about your clients who are all over the map? It’s so overwhelming. Until now… Custom-label wines are a great holiday gift. In this article, I’ll highlight the many reasons and tell you how you can buy them. [Read more…]