Here’s To You Mom!

Here’s To You Mom!

  HERE’S TO MOMS By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier The ancient Greeks honored mothers by paying tribute to Rhea, the Mother of all gods. The Romans also had a mother of all gods in Cybele. They built a temple in Rome for her. In the U.K. “Mothering Sunday” was a religious holiday to give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. The United States began the tradition much later. In 1908, Anna

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

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

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

The Port Wine Guide

The Port Wine Guide

The Port Wine Guide  By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier Port is a wine originating from the Douro river valley in Portugal and is named after the town of Oporto. The wine is a blend of grapes, the most common being Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Touriga Roriz (a.k.a. Spain’s Tempranillo). It is also “fortified”, meaning the neutral spirit Aguardente (sometimes simply referred to as Brandy) is added, which stops the remaining sugar from fermenting and

Prohibition: A Short History of The Noble Experiment

Prohibition: A Short History of The Noble Experiment By Jimmy Quaille, Certified Sommelier The 18th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the sale of alcohol became the law of the land for 13 years starting at 12:01 am on the 17th of January, 1920. Some states refused to appropriate funds to enforce it and other states, like Maryland never enacted the code in the first place…but not for the reasons you may think. Alcoholism certainly was

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 2017: Which wine should I give when I don’t know “wine”?

Wine Gift Guide 2017: Which wine should I give when I don’t know “wine”?

Wine Gift Guide 2017 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

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

  Thanksgiving Wine Pairing 2017 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

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

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