Tag Archives: Sommelier

• Can’t bear to lose one drop of wine?

Can’t bear to lose one drop of wine?

Lick the wine bottle to catch every drip of your vintage Burgundy? Lick no more. Some clever inventor, biophysicist Daniel Perlman, designed a wine bottle with just a little nick in the rim. That’s IT. And voila! No drips. Let’s hope some innovative bottle maker decides to manufacture this much needed wine bottle. Hurry Hurry!

• Wine from Civil War-era shipwreck uncorked in South Carolina

Wine from Civil War-era shipwreck uncorked in South Carolina

A bottle of wine recovered intact four years ago from the 1864 wreck of a Civil War blockade runner that sank off the coast of Bermuda was uncorked and sipped by a panel of experts on Friday during a food festival in Charleston, South Carolina. The verdict: A heady sulfur bouquet with distinct notes of […]

• Cheap Wines That Taste Expensive (All $20 or Less!)

Cheap Wines That Taste Expensive (All $20 or Less!)

Wine should be an easy thing to pick up and bring to a party—in theory. In reality, the shelves of witty, worldly, and just plain weird labels with descriptions of “chewy tannins,” “fleshy” bodies, and notes of “charcoal” (love me some fresh charcoal!) can leave non-sommeliers (so pretty much everyone who’d be shopping for wine) confused. And […]

• Whole Foods Launches New National Wine Club

Whole Foods Launches New National Wine Club

Whole Foods Market is one of the most adored retailers in this country by its fans, stocking a wide array of high quality foodstuffs that can be tough to find in regular supermarkets. While detractors like to call it “Whole Paycheck” for its premium and often impulse-inspiring upscale products, there is at least one area […]

• A Wine App That Shows What Sommeliers Like to Drink

A Wine App That Shows What Sommeliers Like to Drink

Delectable Wine Lets Users Photograph Labels, Upload Notes and Look at Notes of Others. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the top sommeliers in New York are drinking during their nonworking hours, or perhaps even while they’re still on the floor, there’s an app that will help you find out. The Delectable Wine app […]

• Here’s how not to stress when interacting with a sommelier

Here’s how not to stress when interacting with a sommelier

Just what is a sommelier and how do you use one? It’s important if you’re having dinner in an elegant restaurant with your boss, future in-laws or new squeeze you’re trying to impress. It can be stressful if you let it. So don’t let it. First, it’s pronounced SAHM-el-yay. These days it’s often shortened to […]

• Great wine tasting this Saturday at Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica

Great wine tasting this Saturday at Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica

Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica continues the monthly wine lesson and tasting event, Sommelier Saturdays, with a selection of red and white wines from the Loire Valley. On Saturday, June 28 from 1-3 p.m., Sommelier Adem Sash will give insight into the region and offer wine and food pairings to bring out bold flavors. For […]

• Junk Food And Wine…A Pairing Made In Heaven!

Junk Food And Wine…A Pairing Made In Heaven!

If you need permission to start pairing wine with junk food, sommelier Anthony Giglio will give it to you. His seminar at Pebble Beach Food & Wine combined everything from french fries to salsa and chips with superb, hard-to-pronounce wines (many of which were French, shh!). He explains, “Wine belongs on the table. It’s a […]

• The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Taking The Snobbery Out Of Studying Wine Talking about wine can be a bit intimidating, rife with terms like tannin and terroir. Master Sommelier Richard Betts is on a mission to help people enjoy wine as a grocery, not a luxury. Betts talks with NPR’s Jennifer Ludden about his book, The Essential Scratch and Sniff […]

• Ancient Greek wine tasted…how?

Ancient Greek wine tasted…how?

Dionysus, son of Zeus, is known to the world as the bringer of wine. His visage can been seen today on the Sommelier’s pin, a symbol of respect to wine’s contribution throughout history. It seems appropriate too: both of Dionysus’ personalities of extreme pleasure and unthinking rage fit rather perfectly when describing the effects of […]

• The French Laundry Finally Unveils Its Stellar Spirits Program

The French Laundry Finally Unveils Its Stellar Spirits Program

Included in today’s Inside Scoop print column is the ceremonious unveiling of the French Laundry‘s long-awaited spirits program. It’s something that’s been in the works for a while, and the 4-star Yountville restaurant has been quietly pouring prized liquors since re-emerging from its winter break earlier this year. The idea of the spirits program, explains […]

• Finally. Sommelier Evaluated: Best & Worst Celebrity Wines

Finally. Sommelier Evaluated: Best & Worst Celebrity Wines

“We asked a real wine pro to grade famous people’s fancy grape juice. What he thought might surprise you.” Some wines we wanted to try were basically impossible to find (what gives, Lil Jon?), but we did our darnedest. …and ask one of the country’s top sommeliers, Michael Madrigale, to ruthlessly evaluate them? …blind, of […]

• 5 Wine Myths Busted

5 Wine Myths Busted

The wine world can be an intimidating place. So many rules! You hear them from your oenophile friends, the guy at the wine aisle in Trader Joe’s, and know-it-alls standing around a wine table at a party. And, without realizing why, you grow to accept that only cheap wines use screw caps or that if […]

• Vino California! Celebrating Italian Wine On The West Coast

Vino California! Celebrating Italian Wine On The West Coast

The week-long wine and food extravaganza is widely recognized as the largest native Italian wine celebration across the West Coast and has become an iconic fixture in the national wine landscape. VINO CALIFORNIA brings together a cadre of A-list Italian winemakers, master sommeliers and top local culinary personalities delivering a series of epicurean experiences that […]

• Who Is Paolo Basso? Why He’s Just The World’s Best Sommelier

Who Is Paolo Basso? Why He’s Just The World’s Best Sommelier

Swiss-Italian sommelier Paolo Basso has been hailed the champion of the 14th World’s Best Sommelier competition in Japan. The event, held by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale every three years, took place in Tokyo. Basso, who works at Conca Balla in Vacallo on the Swiss-Italian border, had to beat off competition from 53 other […]