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.

How Many Pounds of Grapes Are In A Bottle of Wine?

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

Cabernet Sauvignon Is The Cross Between What Two Grapes?

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

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