Welcome to the new and much improved Wine Vibe, the first multilingual wine review and wine education blog by industry professionals.
Six months ago, Wine Vibe was already a great wine education blog. It had news about the wine industry, accounts of wine tastings I’ve attended, stories about wineries and vineyards I’ve visited, helpful guides on serving and drinking wines, and exclusive wine reviews.
When Franco Nuschese said he would present his new collection in style, he spoke only the absolute truth. For the wine tasting, he flew three of his chefs and Bruno de Conciliis (Italian winemaker and owner of Viticoltori de Conciliis) from Italy. He also flew in additional personnel from his DC office to assist in the tasting and ensure the proper execution of his plans. Larry Ruvo, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS) hosted the wine tasting event, assisted by Carmelo Messina, SWS’s Italian wine specialist.
The Kracher wine tasting was held at Spago, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant located at The Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace. J & P Wholesale (a division of Southern Wine & Spirits), in association with third-generation winemaker, Gerhard Kracher, hosted the tasting.
Kracher Winemakers: Scrumptious Dessert Wine
For the information of those who have never had wine from Kracher, the Kracher Family specializes in making sweet dessert wines.
It is common belief that Old World wines refer to wines from the Old World (specifically wine regions in countries like France, Italy and Spain) and that New World wines refer to wines from the USA, South America and Australia. This benchmark might have been true in the past but, nowadays, one can no longer rely on this simplistic classification. Today, when we pit New World wines against Old World wines, we are actually comparing the wine styles and the wine making processes more than the wines’ place of origin.
The word is out! Have you heard about the “great” cook-off that’s setting the Las Vegas wine world on fire? It’s called Somms in the Kitchen. Somms in the Kitchen is a private, invitation-only event where sommeliers compete against one another for the top spot in the kitchen. That’s right; Somms in the Kitchen is all about sommeliers showing off their cooking and wine pairing skills.
J & P Wholesale, the boutique wine division of Southern Wines & Spirits, hosted the Holdredge Wines’ 2007 release wine tasting. The tasting took place at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. John Holdredge, owner/wine maker of Holdredge Wines, presented the wines himself.
Nine wines were presented during the Holdredge wine tasting. These wines were made using the following varietals or grapes: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, late-harvest Pinot Gris, and late-harvest Gewürztraminer.
What is the difference between champagne and sparking wine? For that matter, is there really any difference between champagne and sparkling wines? These are questions I get asked all the time. I figured they are a worthy blog subject, so here goes.
Champagne and sparkling wine are different.
Champagne is different from sparkling wines. The difference between them may not seem very “significant,” but the difference – however slight – remains.
Wine Preservation: The Best Way to Preserve an Open Bottle of Wine
What is the best way to preserve an open bottle of wine?
This is a question that I have always answered but have never written about. Read on to know the answer. Specifically, I will discuss the two main methods of wine preservation (the vacuum pump method and the inert gas method) and the method I personally use to preserve wines.
Finally! My chance to participate in the Oregon Pinot Camp has arrived. "Camp?" My friends' incredulous faces stared back at me. "Your work is taking you to Oregon to drink wine for four days?" Well . when you put it like that . I guess I have to say, "Yes!"
Every year, 50 of Oregon's wineries or wine companies come together and invite over 250 hospitality and wine professionals to explore and experience the Oregon wine country.
In April, I met with Eben Sadie, winemaker for the Sadie Family, at a wine presentation he was giving at the AquaKnox in Las Vegas. At this wine tasting, Eben presented his new South African wine and Spanish wine releases.
For those of you who are not familiar with Eben Sadie, he grows and makes most of his wine naturally. His wine growing practices incorporate self-sustained viticulture (no watering). He uses mules to plow his vineyards, and he handpicks all the grapes.