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

Viva Tequila!

Viva Tequila!

VIVA TEQUILA! By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier July 24th is National Tequila Day. That’s right, an entire day celebrated across the country honoring a fermented drink. Not just ANY fermented drink you understand ~ A drink that which dates back to the Aztecs in 1000 B.C. A drink which uses a prehistoric plant that is actually a member of the Lily family. A plant that can weigh over 100 pounds before being peeled, roasted and

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

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

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