Category sommelier

A Calamity Avoided

Back in 2006 I had just graduated earning my diploma with the International Sommelier Guild. I worked hard to get it with 5 intensive exams to pass with over a 60% grade. Essays to write , blind tastings , serving wine the proper way in front of judges , a tricky multiple choice , and […]

Natalie Maclean’s December 17th Newsletter

Here is the holiday version of the wine newsletter with all sorts of suggestions to what to buy at Christmas.

AFP: Fickle weather worries French wine growers

A good reason you don’t find too many Bordeaux wines at 10-11% alcohol by volume anymore. Warm temperatures and dry summers increase the sugars in the grape which when fermented result in higher alcohol. Here is the drawback though. Grapes that mature quickly lose their acidity which gives the wine that balance. Here are how […]