The Complexity of Coffee: Aroma profiling isn’t just for wine Sunday March 4th, 2012
Proper Aroma/Flavor profiling is all too often neglected in Coffee. Coffee Aromas/Flavors are essential to understanding and appreciating coffee. As in wine, coffee gets its aromas or flavors from the soil and the climatic environment in which the coffee plant grows. The coffee variety (genetic) and the method in which the green coffee was processed also contribute to the aromas/flavors.
Wine Aromas – Le Nez du Vin Tuesday June 29th, 2010
People often ask me how I can be sure that the aromas I say I smell are what they are and not another. “Is it really strawberry instead of raspberry?” they ask.
I can understand why people feel the need to ask this question. All too often, wine aromas are confused or misinterpreted, making it difficult to identify the wine being described. So, just how does one learn to accurately distinguish and describe wine aromas?
In my professional opinion and based on my personal experience, the simplest way to learn to differentiate the aromas in wine is by using the Wine Aromas’ (Le Nez du Vin) wine education kit developed by Jean Lenoir.
Not much is known about Swiss wine outside of Switzerland. When people think of Switzerland, they usually think of skiing, chocolates, cheeses, watches, and private banking, among other things. Where does wine fit into all this, and why don’t we know much about it?
Vineyards of Lavaux , Vaud, Switzerland
How much wine does Switzerland produce?
To put Switzerland’s wine production into perspective, I will compare it with California.
What are Super Tuscan Wines? Tuesday March 9th, 2010
A great question with a very simple answer. Super Tuscan wines (or Super Tuscans) are wines from Tuscany (Italy), and they have the following characteristics:
At least 85% of Super Tuscan wines consist of grapes produced in Tuscany to receive IGT cassification
The Super Tuscans’ winemaking process does not adhere to the local appellation law
View of Montepulciano, Tuscany
What does that mean exactly? Makers of Super Tuscan wines do not use Sangiovese as the dominant varietal.
Wine Styles: New World vs. Old World Wines Saturday February 14th, 2009
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.
How Does Champagne Differ from Sparkling Wines? Tuesday October 21st, 2008
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 Friday September 12th, 2008
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.
What Are Rosé Wines and How Are They Made? Monday June 9th, 2008
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 Ratings and Personal Preferences Tuesday April 22nd, 2008
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.
Wine Aromas vs. Wine Bouquet: What is the difference? Tuesday March 4th, 2008
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.