Category Archive: Vines and Wines

Vintage 2014 Region By Region : Part 2

In Part 1, I focused solely on Bordeaux. Thanks to the Primeurs tasting that take place in April, it’s easy to get an early opinion of the overall quality of a vintage.  In this… Continue reading

2014 Region By Region Part 1 : Bordeaux

In the old Europe’s vineyards (especially the northern ones), the notion of vintage is critical. A vintage informs us on two things: the climatic conditions of that specific year and therefore the quality and… Continue reading

Wine & Chemicals

A recent study by Beverage Grades revealed excessive contents of Arsenic (a poison for the human body) in some well-known bottles on the US market such as Korbel, Cupcake, Menage a Trois, Sutter… Continue reading

How to Store Wine Properly

I had a very bad experience recently in a wine bar in Sarasota (Florida) where approximately 75% of the wines were BAD. I’m not saying the wine selection was necessarily awful in the first… Continue reading

Clairet : Not Quite Rosé, Not Quite Red but Quite Enjoyable

Rosé wine consumption (and therefore production) has increased tremendously over the last 10 years everywhere in the world. There are multiple reasons for that; based on fruitiness and acidity it’s an easy-to-approach wine; it… Continue reading

The Effects of Oak Barrels on Wine

One of the most controversial topics among professionals of wine is the use of oak barrels and the taste that results from it. I was recently visiting a cooperage in Burgundy and I… Continue reading

Cahors, the Hometown of Malbec

Cahors is a town in the southwest of France and one of the oldest wine-making region in the country. Yet, these highly historical vineyards almost completely disappeared after the phylloxera crisis (late 19th century) and… Continue reading

A Summer of Wine : Proper Temperature of Service, Food Pairing, Some Old Bottles…

– Temperature : After multiple dinners, tastings and various events all summer long, I noticed how the weather really affects our attitude towards wine and drinking in general. During summertime, wine tends to… Continue reading

Not Your Average Perspective of Saint-Emilion

In my past job as a wine broker, I was often in the Saint-Emilion area looking for Merlot wines. Contrary to what I often hear or read online, Merlot (and not Cabernet-Sauvignon) is the major… Continue reading

The Truth About Old Vines

  Last week, a friend was telling me how he usually buys bottles with labels mentioning “vieilles vignes” (AKA old vines) because he considers it an indicator of quality. While there is some truth… Continue reading