As many of you know, I’m a long-time independent wine consultant with WineShop At Home, a small Napa winery that sells its wines through in-home wine tastings. While I now have a full-time job to complement my wine business, my wine business continues to be my passion. Here are just a few of the reasons I love being a wine consultant: [Read more…]
Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a mobile app that could help you make wine buying decisions based on your preferences? Wouldn’t it be even more cool if that same app could help you keep track of the wines you like?
In honor of the new year, I’d like to propose a resolution. I propose that we simplify wine tasting. Really? Really! [Read more…]
A lot about our mouths gives flavor to how we perceive and interact with our world. Take our amazing tongue — a sense organ extraordinaire, the muscle that enhances a kiss, and a kind of Swiss Army tool we use to wet things, clean things, and test things prior to ingesting them. The tongue is also required to form words, hence language. And language is a huge key in how we perceive our world.
What does this have to do with wine? Well, a lot more than you may imagine. In his fascinating article Tip of the Tongue, W. Blake Gray says that “The words you use to describe a taste may actually change how you taste it.” He describes not only how language influences our perception of the world, but how the words we use to describe wine can be unexpectedly and hugely different from culture to culture. [Read more…]
We all know that wine tastings can be incredibly fun. But every once in a while, they can be a bit overwhelming. Too much wine. Too much food. Too much noise. Too much excitement. I know. It’s hard to believe. But it can happen. Here are three tips for a successful wine tasting. [Read more…]