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Cult Wines for Tough Times: Sommelier Journal

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 5:58 PM

Napa Valley, home of the $500+ cult wine, is changing. With the economy tanking and jobs disappearing like conference room doughnuts, demand for these uber-fabulous wines is way down. In 2009, $50 is the new $500!

In the "olden" days (up to mid-2008), a wine was considered a "cult" wine...

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Your Private Sommelier's Gift Giving Guide

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2008 | 10:29 PM

So Christmas may be over, but you still need some last minute gifts for those relatives spent the last four days sleeping on the floor of the airport.

You bought some kickass gifts, but let's be honest -- with all this gift buying and giving, isn't there a little...

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Why I Love Red Burgundy and You Don't

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 12:45 PM

So there I am, in my best ex-sommelier fashion, opening up a bottle of wine and presenting it to my husband. He says, "bring it on, baby!" When he lifts the glass to his nose for a serious swirl (he learned something from me), he wrinkles up his nose and...

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Why I Hate Sauvignon Blanc: Wine Review

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2008 | 6:07 PM

Santa Rita Floresta Leyda Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, about $22

Twenty two bucks is a lot to spend for a Chilean white wine, especially if it's
Sauvignon Blanc -- a wine best known for tasting like cat pee. In fact, the French, who produce some of the worlds' most famous...

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Wine Review: Zinfandel (RED)

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2008 | 4:50 PM

Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Heritage Vines 2005, Sonoma County, California about $13.

When I was a working sommelier (I got tired of working nights), I can't tell you how many people would ask for a glass of white Zinfandel. I would explain that the only Zin we had on the wine...

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Wine Review: Can you say Viognier?

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 10:42 PM

Michael David Incognito Viognier 2006 Lodi, California, about $15

No, it's not Vyog-nyer, not Vee-nay or Viagra-ner. However, does have something to do with sex. It's pronounced Vee-yoh-N'YAY and has a rich "mouth feel" and sexy aromas of lychee wth flavors of peach and lime. Viognier is an unusual grape...

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"Winespeak" and Other Obscenities

(11) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 2:12 PM

Getting in touch with my inner snark (see my previous post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlene-rossman/notes-from-a-sommeliere_b_117338.html) felt so good, that here's some more.

When you were a little kid, did anyone have to teach you to taste your milk? Did you have someone read you glowing reviews of the chocolate milk in your...

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Notes from a Sommeliere -- Pet Peeves

(14) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 4:51 PM

Lately there has been a deal of bitching and moaning http://www.slate.com/id/2191912/ about restaurant waitstaff and wine service.

Having been on both ends of the wine bottle (see my previous entry), I can tell you that the feeling is often mutual. If you ask restaurant wine staff for their...

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You Have The Wine List, Now What?

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2008 | 4:32 PM

You have reservations at a new four-star restaurant. Your boss/mother-in-law/client is impressed. Then the waiter hands you a wine list that weighs 20 pounds and looks likes an old unabridged dictionary. "Would you care to order the wine now?" he asks. Everyone is staring at you in absolute silence. In...

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