Today, my son asked me, “What are rose wines and how are they made?” I realized that this would make a worthy subject to discuss in this wine blog especially as it is during the summer months that we enjoy rose wines the most.
Rose wines are made of red grapes or red grape varietals. Rose champagne or rose sparkling wines are exceptions because they are also made with white grapes or white grape varietals (I say varietals because Chardonnay is not the only white grape used to make sparkling wines).
Wine & Tapas ’08, the 15th annual Great Match Spanish wine tasting event, showcased more than 250 Spanish wines, representing a large chunk of Spain’s 67 denominations (DO). The event was extremely well-organized, and I am already looking forward to next year’s Great Match. Great Match wine tastings are held yearly to give wine professionals and the press the chance to preview the latest wines from Spain.
J & P Wholesale proudly presented the E. Guigal wine tasting at the Mesa Grill. Philippe Guigal, the estate’s oenologist, and Eve Ryckewaert, E. Guigal’s marketing manager, personally presented E. Guigal’s current vintage and new wine releases at the tasting. For those who don’t know, E. Guigal is both a wine grower and a négociant. The E. Guigal estate has vineyards in Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage and Saint Joseph.
Today I was asked a question worthy of a blog post. The question is as follows:
“I had wine which was rated 84 points and I loved it! Does that mean that I have poor wine taste?”
I believe that any wine critic will agree with me when I say that wine should be enjoyed based on personal preferences rather than on wine ratings.
Another blind wine tasting came to pass. This time, it was held at Wing Lei, the Chinese restaurant at the Wynn Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Wing Lei’s stunning décor provided a perfect foil to the wine tasting event. Diego, Wing Lei’s sommelier, graciously welcomed all of us. Master Sommelier William Sherer of Aureole Las Vegas, the event’s mainstay Master of Ceremonies, presided over the tasting proceedings.
The Last Grape Nutz Wine Tasting by Southern Wine & Spirits
Southern Wine & Spirits (SWS) hosted another Grape Nutz wine tasting at their headquarters. The SWS HQ, as always, was an excellent setting for a wine tasting event.
This is probably the last time that the Grape Nutz would be held at the Jones premises as SWS is thinking of taking the show on the road. The turn-out at this particular tasting was the highest I’ve seen so far. It was almost as if wine professionals from all over came to pay their respects, knowing that this could be the last time a Grape Nutz would be held at the SWS premises.
George M. Taber, the famous author of the book, Judgment of Paris, spoke at a lecture organized by Deluca Liquor & Wine. You can read more about the Judgment of Paris and the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 in the post entitled “George M. Taber Lecture: Judgment of Paris.”
George Taber’s new book, To Cork or Not To Cork, was the focus of this lecture. This book is about the problems associated with the use of cork. It also presents the various wine closure methods that can serve as an alternative to wine cork.
Deluca Liquor & Wine hosted a lecture by the famed wine writer, George M. Taber, author of the book, Judgment of Paris. George was there mainly to present his new book called To Cork or Not To Cork, which discusses the controversy surrounding the use of cork as wine closure. Before George proceeded to his main topic, however, he first took questions about the Judgment of Paris.
For your information, I do own this book. This book is about the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, an event that is generally considered to be a key turning point for the entire wine industry.
Chardonnay was the focus of this blind wine tasting, which was hosted by Jeff Wyatt, owner of the hip, off-the-strip restaurant Marché Bacchus. The location was wonderful. We were surrounded by thousands of wine bottles; it was truly the perfect setting for a wine tasting.
To start the event, the participants gathered at the kitchen bar where William Sherer ordered the first glass of wine poured.
Wine Aromas vs. Wine Bouquet: What is the difference?
Is there a difference between aromas and bouquet in wines? Yes, there is. The difference is distinct, but it can be really confusing to differentiate aromas from bouquet. Even the most famed wine critics sometimes confuse these two.
Wine Aromas: General Classification
Wine aromas may be classified into three major categories:
Primary aromas. They are also known as varietal aromas. These aromas come from or are determined by the type of grapes (grape varietals) used in wine making.