Argentina: More Than Just Malbec

By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier In the wine industry, you think of Argentina and you immediately think Malbec. Fair enough. It has become the country’s signature grape. However Malbec’s origins are in France’s southwest region of Cahors where it is known as Cot or Auxerrois. The grape remains one of the six “allowable” grapes in Bordeaux, but it was almost completely wiped out in the mid 1900’s by the insect Phylloxera. Enter stage left; Argentina!

Roll Out The Barrel

Roll Out The Barrel  By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier “Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.” -Joyce Kilmer I doubt Joyce Kilmer was thinking of wine barrels when he wrote his eponymous poem Trees. But even in the wine world, there is nothing lovelier or more overlooked than a tree.  And making the right tree into wine barrels has more to do with the quality of the wine

The Ultimate Easter Wine

                The Ultimate Easter Wine: Lacryma Christi By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier There are Easter wines and then there are EASTER wines! For your Easter table why not quaff the ultimate Easter wine? Lacryma Christi, literally the “Tears of Christ”, is a blend of Piedirossa and Sciascinoso grapes. DNA analysis performed on the residue in ancient casks proves that it is the nearest equivalent to modern day wine which was drunk by the romans. There are two

Now We’re Cookin’!

Now We’re Cookin’! By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier   Let’s start with a few ground rules: The first is to not use wine called “cooking wine”! If you don’t want to drink it, you shouldn’t cook with it. Secondly, you can add sweetness but can’t take it out. So unless the recipe calls for sweet or fortified wine, stick with dry wine varietals. In the red wine category, good choices are Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Ordering Wine at a Restaurant

Ordering Wine at a Restaurant By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier   No matter if the wine list is a single page or a leather bound book, ordering wine at a restaurant shouldn’t be intimidating at all…in fact, it can be fun! First, know that a bottle has five 5-ounce glasses in it and should serve three people (ok, not if I am one of those three, but I’ll continue). Ask around the table who is drinking

Isn’t It Romantic: Your Complete Menu for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner

Isn’t It Romantic: Your Complete Menu for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier   When you think Valentine’s Day you immediately think of chocolates, roses and Champagne. That is a good starting point, but when you’re ready for a romantic dinner, you need a voluptuous red wine! Something velvety soft, opulent and complex. Something that transports you to a time and place where you first met. Something that makes you feel

2017 New Year’s Wine Resolutions

By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Many people make resolutions at the start of a new year but so few of us keep them. Maybe your unrealistic goals should be replaced with something that is totally enjoyable…like drinking more wine! Here are 5 resolutions that will sure to make 2017 a banner year. 1) Try a new grape variety Even the most ardent wine geek can find themselves drinking the same 5 or 6 wine varietals.

Sparkling Wines: Celebrating The Differences

The name Champagne is so branded that it has become a catch-all for all sparkling wine, much to the great chagrin of France. They do have a point…Champagne is a place. If it’s not made in that place it’s not Champagne. Now there are a lot of “sparkling wines”, and some are very good, but the process of making real Champagne differs from them. Without going into the entire process, it involves a secondary fermentation

Meet our Somm, Jimmy Quaile

Meet our Somm, Jimmy Quaile

James Quaile, known by most as Jimmy, spent his entire life in entertainment as a drummer and singer in his family band, The Quailes. The group, which consists of Jimmy’s brothers and sisters, has played casinos and performing arts venues around the country. Jimmy operated his own restaurant for 10 years, Big Daddy’s Crabcakes, with his wife (and chef) Janet, garnering a “Best Of Philly” recognition. With a passion for wine, Jimmy passed the Court

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