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

Wine Scores: What’s The Point?

Wine Scores: What’s The Point?

  Wine Scores: What’s The Point? By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Customer: What score did this wine get? Me: Off the top of my head I don’t know, but I’ve had this wine recently and I would easily give it a 90. Customer: Yeah, but I only buy wines that actually GET a 90. Me: From who? Customer: It doesn’t matter, as long as it gets a 90. There isn’t a day that goes by

Is This Wine Sweet? What’s the Difference Between Sweet Wine and Dry Wine?

Is This Wine Sweet? What’s the Difference Between Sweet Wine and Dry Wine?

By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier What’s the Difference Between Sweet Wine and Dry Wine? Answer: Sweet wine tastes sweet and dry is the opposite of sweet. The end. Ok Ok, lets start with a little wine science; Grapes have natural yeast. During fermentation, the yeast eat the sugar and alcohol is the by-product. Therefore, the higher the alcohol ~ the dryer the wine. To make sweet wine a winemaker can stop the sugar from turning

“I’m a beer drinker. What wine would I like?”

“I’m a beer drinker. What wine would I like?” By Certified Sommeliers,  Jimmy Quaile & Eugene Fitzgerald I’m a beer drinker. What wine would I like? As crazy a question as this seems, there is an answer. The trick is to find a bridge between the drinks. For those who are fans of ales, in particular hoppy India Pale Ales or IPAs, I’ve got the answer and a delicious one at that, but first a

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

Wine Gift Guide

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Wine makes the perfect gift for a number of reasons. You can buy a good bottle to fit any budget. It has a wide age-range appeal. It’s the perfect “emergency” gift to have on hand in case you forgot someone and yet enjoy yourself if you covered all your bases. And lastly, one size fits all and doubles are fine!  So whether you are invited to a

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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