Fear of Wine: A French Wine Primer

Fear of Wine: A French Wine Primer

By Certified Sommelier Jimmy Quaile If you’ve ever gone into a wine store and felt intimidated by the French aisle or opened a wine menu and immediately turned to the familiar Cabernets or Red Blends section, you’re not alone. It’s even understandable. Most people can’t pronounce what is on the French wine label, let alone know what’s in the bottle. Well I’m here to tell you, you don’t know what you’re missing. A little basic

My Sherry Amore

My Sherry Amore

My Sherry Amore By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Sherry is perhaps the wine world’s best kept secret. In fact, at one point it was regarded as the world’s finest wine. Shakespeare wrote about it in many works, Columbus took it with him on his second trip to America, and Magellan spent more money on it than on weapons. Sherry can be used in cooking and in cocktails, should be sipped before and after meals, and

The Basics of Bubbly

The Basics of Bubbly

The Basics of Bubbly  By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier All Champagne is sparkling wine but not all sparkling wine is Champagne! 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 the wine is not made in that place it’s not Champagne. Look at it this way; an Idaho potato has to come

Wine Gift Guide 2018

Wine Gift Guide 2018

Wine Gift Guide 2018 By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Which wine should I give when I don’t know “wine”? Wine makes the perfect gift for a number of reasons. You can buy a good bottle to fit any budget, it’s the perfect “emergency” gift to have on hand in case you forgot someone, one size fits all, PLUS, it’s a gift you can enjoy yourself if you covered all your bases.  However it can be

When Two Become One: The Science of Wine & Food Pairing

When Two Become One: The Science of Wine & Food Pairing

When Two Become One The Science of Wine & Food Pairing By Certified Sommelier, Jimmy Quaile The ‘apple of my eye’, a ‘bitter pill to swallow’, ‘sour grapes’, and ‘take with a grain of salt’ are all clichés that demonstrate the connection taste has with our emotions. It also has to do with evolution. A bitter taste was an indication that the food was poisonous, whereas the taste of sweetness was sign of nutrients and

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing UPDATED!

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing UPDATED!

  Thanksgiving Wine Pairing 2018 By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier The long-standing rule of matching wine and food – red wine with meat and white wine with fish – actually has a scientific explanation. Then again, I doubt too many people eat meat or fish without a compliment of side dishes…especially on such a gastronomic feast as Thanksgiving.  So how do you pair the perfect wine for a meal that is a minefield of competing

Wine Myth Busters

Wine Myth Busters

Wine Myth Busters By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier The old cliche, “Don’t believe everything you hear” is never more true than in the world of wine. Some of these “facts” have been passed down through so many generations of wine drinkers you’d think there was no doubt about them…and you’d be wrong. Here are a few long-held myths and their realities.    – All wines get better with age. Not true. Then again, wine doesn’t

Wine To Lift Your Spirits

Wine To Lift Your Spirits

By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier What exactly is fortified wine? Short answer; A fortified wine is a wine to which a distilled spirit is added. Long answer; Wine is fermented, whereas alcohol is distilled. Before refrigeration, wine was transported by ship in casks that were not air-tight. As a result, the wine would oxidize and turn into acetic acid (vinegar). To prevent this, winemakers added alcohol to the wine, which resulted in a higher alcohol

I love Beaujolais!

I love Beaujolais!

  I love Beaujolais! By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier   I love Beaujolais! There, I said it. Now before you think I’ve lost my mind and need to turn in my Sommelier pin let me clarify. I’m not talking about Beaujolais “Nouveau”…that heavily marketed wine you had in the 80’s with your Thanksgiving dinner. No no no…I’m talking about BEAUJOLAIS! In fact, to be more specific CRU Beaujolais. “Cru” is the French word that is

Taking a Cab Around The World

Taking a Cab Around The World

Taking a Cab Around The World By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier It is safe to say that Cabernet Sauvignon is widely known as the reigning king of all grapes – the gateway for most wine lovers – the red wine equivalent of the little black dress. The grape varietal is resistant to the elements, age-worthy, and is hearty enough to grow anywhere on the globe.   The blue-black berry is deceivingly small in size and

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