Jesus M. Evangelista III, CS, Sommelier at Vino at Trios wine bar, Alhambra, California (pronounced suh-mal-'yAy) In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes ... read more >
Jörn Kleinhans, Sommelier/Owner of The Wine Elite Sommelier Company (pronounced suh-mal-'yAy) In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes ... read more >
Stephanie's Wine Escapade Our intrepid Singapore Sommelier, Stephanie Rigourd continues here report on her California field trip... Day 8 ... read more >
Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year USA – White Wine of the Year Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay 2008 - Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California At the risk of being repetitive, whenever I’m asked what is my favourite wine? The answer is invariably, “The one I haven’t tried yet” and discovery remains my main motivation in my enthusiasm for wine. ... read more >
I pulled a magnum of Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 1994 out of the cellar on August 21st that had recently come direct from the vineyard re-release program, via Artisan Cellars www.artisan-cellars.com to share a glass and opinion with Nigel Greening from Felton Road, over a Sunday lunch. ... read more >
Patricia Gallagher, Steven spurrier & Odette Kahn 1976 tasting in Paris The sensational results of a tasting in Paris more than 30 years ago forever changed the way American wines were considered, writes Curtis Marsh. America's most prodigious Bordeaux-style blend - the legendary Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello from the Santa Cruz Mountains - turns 45 years old this year. Reaching this milestone is only part of the motive for writing this ... read more >
Ridge Vineyard California, USA A Californian vineyard is a deserving bearer of the torch of old-world winemaking, writes Curtis Marsh. In the world of fine wine, what was old is now new. This is not a past fashion reinventing itself, nor a renaissance of a specific variety, style or region. It is the acceptance of an age-old reality: that truly great wines are made ... read more >