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? 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
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
All Hail Riesling, Queen of White Wines! By: Eugene G Fitzgerald III, CS, CSW, WSET ADVANCED In the world of wines few would debate that Cabernet Sauvignon is the undisputed king of grapes. It is grown in nearly every major hub that produces wine and can thrive in almost every climate. Despite being extremely recognizable, both on the nose and the palate, no two wines produced by this grape are exactly the same. Cabernet is
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 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
The world’s oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses. It is currently on display at the town’s Historisches Museum der Pfalz. More can be found in ‘Wine: the 8000 Year-Old Story of the Wine Trade’ by Thomas Pellechia. New York, NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006.
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