Toro wines are some of Spain’s most distinctive reds: Powerful, full-bodied and complex, with intense fruit flavours and grippy tannins. Mostly produced from the Tinta de Toro variety, known elsewhere as Tempranillo, the wines nonetheless have a character that is all their own. Toro wines have a unique profile that is entirely different from other big red wines like Bordeaux and Australian Shiraz. In order to make the most of this, sommeliers like to serve these wines in a special Toro glass. (more…)
The ritual of selecting a wine from the wine list has many diners a little nervous, if not outright uncomfortable. If you’ve ever had a bad experience - an awkward first date, an embarrassing business dinner or otherwise - then this article is for you. The good news is that the wine list is a relatively simple proposition. Armed with some basic idea of what to look for, you’ll soon be reaching for that wine list with confidence! (more…)
Some people take wine very seriously - too seriously, in fact. Such people have a habit of ruining wine for the rest of us, unfortunately. Wine is one of life’s great pleasures, and there is nobody better than a wine snob to suck all the fun out of the wine experience. However, there are some instances when it is necessary to take wine a little bit more seriously, and number one on the list is surely at a formal wine tasting. (more…)
Wine shouldn’t be complicated. Wine should be about pleasure, enjoyment and savouring special moments with friends and family. One can enjoy wine on purely a sensory basis, enjoying what’s in the glass in front of them and enjoying how it tastes. While there is a whole industry solely devoted to wine accessories, a lot of what’s out there is simply not necessary when it comes to getting the most out of your wine. We’ve identified the five most important wine accessories that you really should own! (more…)
Have you ever heard of elderberry wine? Unlike most commercially-available wines, it’s not made from grapes. Instead, it’s a fruit wine made from elderberries.
Making elderberry wine at homeElderberries occur naturally in the wild and produce very dark and full-flavoured fruit. Handle wild elderberries, and you'll have purple stained hands before you know it! Take a bite of an elderberry and your teeth will become heavily stained too! If this sounds good to you, then perhaps you’d like elderberry wine. If not, keep reading for some alternatives that will allow you to keep your hands (and teeth) clean! (more…)
Serving Champagne professionally takes some serious training and practice. Sommeliers train long and hard in order to get every detail of Champagne service right. When serving Champagne – or any sparkling wine, for that matter – there are many individual steps to take and pieces of equipment to use, including the famous Champagne bucket. It’s a complicated and potentially dangerous business, and a good sommelier makes it look easy while keeping everybody safe. You don’t have to be a sommelier in order to step up your Champagne presentation game, though. Consider these few tips and tricks for the next time you find yourself about to pop open a Champagne, Cava or Prosecco at a dinner party, anniversary or other special occasion. (more…)
Many friends and clients send us pictures of some of their aged wines, asking if we can tell if the wine is in good condition for consumption or for sale 😉 Truly, without opening the bottle and tasting wine, it is impossible to determine the suitability of the wine, although Read more…
The serving temperature of the wine, sparkling wine included, is more important that it may seem. An incorrect temperature varies significantly its phisical characteristics and therefore the final perception of the wine. It has always been said: “white wine is served fresh or cold and red wine at room temperature”. Read more…
The wine world is very complex, and often things are unclear. So also with the difference between decanting and recasting. Do you know what are the differences? Do not worry! We help you with these and other questions so that you can become an expert.