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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Quote from a Winery

One of the best quotes I have heard recently….

Disgorging by Hand Without Freezing the Plug

A few years ago Kathy and I were visiting wineries in Quebec, Canada. At the winery, Le Cep d’Argent we met one of the owners and winemaker François Scieur who is a 6th generation winemaker. His family still owns a Champagne House in Champagne. François demonstrated how to disgorge a bottle of sparkling wine by […]

My First Franciacorta

Judging cavas and sparkling wines opens access to some sparkling wines that I have not tried. One of these is Franciacorta. This sparkling wine hails from the Brescia Province, Lombardy, Italy. Like cava and champagne, franciacorta is made in the traditional method where the second fermentation takes place in the same bottle as the wine […]

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Below are cocktail recipes that use DeLeón tequila. If you are celebrating the start of summer, you may want to consider making one of these cocktails to enjoy.

Wines of Uruguay Offers Tannat Tasting Tour

If you haven’t heard yet of Uruguay as a wine producing country, plan to learn about the wines they are crafting! Uruguay is an undiscovered South American wine region. Today many of the winemakers are 4th generation family.

Tannat on My Radar

I enjoy many different wine grape varieties and the wines they make. I do have a short list of favorites though. Among my favorites are red grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sagrantino,  Saperavi and Tannat. Today I have the opportunity to taste Tannat from Uruguay. I was first introduced to Tannat in Virginia, where it is […]

Sparkling Wine Anyone?

This year seems to be the year for sparkling wines. The International Wine Tourism Conference was in Champagne, France and next year’s conference will move to Barcelona, Spain – cava country. In January, Kathy and I judged Virginia sparkling wines. Later this month, we are going to judge cavas. We are currently writing a book […]

Cava: A Delicious Sparkling Wine to Share with Friends and Family

This weekend we shared a bottle of delicious cava from Canals & Munné. This cava was a Brut Nature Gran Reserva. Ours was bottle #066914. The vintage was 2010 and the cava had 12% alcohol.

Free Online Burgundy Wine Class Starts Soon

This morning I came across an article in Decanter by Jane Anson, “University of Burgundy launches free online wine course.” This particular course offered by the University of Burgundy will be available in French and English.

Sagrantino: What You Need to Know About this Italian Grape

Sagrantino is likely to be indigenous to Montefalco. Some believe the grape variety was introduced to the region by Franciscan Friars perhaps by St. Francis. Today the grape is said to only be grown in Mantefalco. However, we know of a winery in North Carolina and a winery in California that are growing Sagrantino. Wine […]

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