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: 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’! 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 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 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
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.
The world’s oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses. It is currently on display at the town’s Historisches Museum der Pfalz. More can be found in ‘Wine: the 8000 Year-Old Story of the Wine Trade’ by Thomas Pellechia. New York, NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006.
Answer: 2.4 pounds of grapes, or 39 ounces. Think about that next time you buy grapes! One Bottle of Wine contains: 750 ml of liquid 2.4 pounds of grapes (39 oz.) 25.6 ounces of wine (4/5 quarts) One Case of Wine Contains: 12 x 750ml bottles 30 pounds of grapes 307.2 ounces of wine One Barrel of Wine contains: 740 Pounds of grapes and 59 gallons 24.6 cases of wine (12x750ml bottles) 295 bottles of
In addition to grapes, tasty wines can be made from other autumn fruits like cranberries and pumpkins.
Since the advent of DNA profiling of grape varieties in 1993, ampelography (ámpelos = vine and lógos = study) has been rewriting wine books by correctly identifying grape origins and rejecting synonyms. For example, Zinfandel was long suspected to be identical to Primitivo, however after DNA analysis it was established that the grape was native to Croatia where it is called Crljenak Kastelanski. DNA testing has also revealed several unexpected parentages, the most surprising being Cabernet Sauvignon which