Wine Geek Speak

Wine Geek Speak

    Wine Geek Speak Commonly used wine terms and what they mean  By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier   ACIDITY Tartness. Think of what a lemon does to your mouth. Ok, not THAT much but you get the idea. Typically, wines from colder climates have higher levels of acid.   AROMA The smell of the wine. (The smell of the grape is the Bouquet)   ANGULAR A wine with notes that hit you in different

Wine Pairings for your Easter/Passover Holiday

Wine Pairings for your Easter/Passover Holiday

Wine Pairings for your Easter/Passover Holiday By Certified Sommelier, Jimmy Quaile    Easter WINE Hunt Let’s face it, searching for the right wines to serve throughout your Easter Sunday can make you as crazy as forgetting where you hid that last Easter egg. Whatever your family’s tradition, versatility is the name of the game. Here are a few wines I plan on putting in my basket when I hop through my day. MORNING EASTER EGG

A Quick and Easy Guide to Rosé Wine

A Quick and Easy Guide to Rosé Wine By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier   What is Rosé Wine? Simply stated, Rosé is a pink wine with some of the flavors associated with red wine, but is lighter and fruitier in character. They can be made using any red grape varietal and can be sweet, dry, or sparkling!   Who made the first Rosé wine? Although Rosé wines were first made by the ancient Greeks most

Whiskey: To “e” or not to “e”

Whiskey: To “e” or not to “e”

    Whiskey: To ‘e’ or not to ‘e’ By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier WHAT IS WHISKEY? Whiskey is simply a distilled alcohol obtained from fermented grains.  But an even easier explanation could be “Distilled beer minus the hops”. Like beer, malted barley and other grains are the source of the sugars necessary for fermentation. In beer, hops ( a flower) helps balance beer’s sweetness, whereas with whiskey, oak aging balances the whiskey’s flavors. Yeast

The ABCs of AVAs

The ABCs of AVAs By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier One of the first things you ask when meeting someone new is, “where are you from?” It’s an easy way to begin getting to know the person. Maybe you also know someone from the place and have a mutual friend. It’s also how we define ourselves. Where you were raised had an enormous impact on shaping who you are today. The same can be said about

Sulfites: Headaches & Salad Bars!

Sulfites: Headaches & Salad Bars!

Sulfites: Headaches & Salad Bars! By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier First, a little background: Sulphur dioxide (aka, Sulfites) is a chemical compound made up of sulfur and oxygen. It occurs naturally but can also be produced in a laboratory. Measured in parts per million (ppm), it has been  used for thousands of years as an antioxidant and antimicrobial to preserve foods and beverages. As far back as the 8th Century BC, ancient Greeks who used sulfur

Cheap Wine Vs. Expensive Wine. Which is better?

Cheap Wine Vs. Expensive Wine. Which is better?

Cheap Wine Vs. Expensive Wine By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Wine is a commodity. In economics, a commodity is defined as an item produced to satisfy consumer’s wants or needs. So my short answer to explain why some wine is cheap and some expensive is supply and demand. There are, however, many costs that go into making that wine good enough to command the price no matter how high or low, the first being where the grapes are

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

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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