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  • Life is all about the moments that you share withhellip
    6 months ago by mariolunasomm Life is all about the moments that you share with your loved ones. This is Alfred Gratien Champagne, I first tasted this wine when I met my future wife. It was three years ago at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour Las Vegas. We looked at each other while savoring the moment and we thought, "This is perfect!" Well... I meant her. Please don't forget those moments!  #wine   #winetasting   #winelovers   #winery   #wino   #winestagram   #instawine   #winetime   #winegram   #rose   #sparkling   #bubbles   #winespectator   #show   #moment   #married   #shespregnant   #marriedlife   #wife   #husband   #drink   #toast   #cheers   #foodie   #chef 
  • Blanc de Noirs in Champagne uses red grapes like pinothellip
    6 months ago by mariolunasomm Blanc de Noirs in Champagne uses red grapes like pinot noir and pinot meunier (men-yay) in their blend. I prefer the blanc de noir style with its creamy mouth feel, flavors of tart and ripe pear, brioche, and subtle citrus. These flavors are not as acidic and mineral driven as the blanc de blanc, which are 100% Chardonnays. The best example of a Blanc de Noir was my favorite from the Wine Spectator Grand Tour in the Mirage Casino called Besserat. This wine was perfection and can be enjoyed for any occaision! You can find the wine here: http://besseratdebellefon.com  #wine …
  • Its Bubbles Week at MarioLunaSomm and I have 5 ofhellip
    6 months ago by mariolunasomm It's Bubbles Week at MarioLunaSomm and I have 5 of my favorites. Up first, this is Raventos De Nit Rose Conca. This is a blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada varietals are blended together and then red wine is added in the finish made in the Cava region. That red wine softens the sharp acidity and added fruit and body weight. This is the perfect wine to go with every type of food. I hope you get the opportunity to try this special wine in spanish tapas restaurants or at www.raventos.com!  #wine   #winetasting   #winelovers   #spain   #cava   #rose   #pink   #winestagram   #instawine …
  • Mothers Day is this weekend and its time to takehellip
    6 months ago by mariolunasomm Mother's Day is this weekend and it's time to take her out to eat. Unfortunately, so will everyone else. To help you cope with the extremely long wait this Sunday, I created a food and wine pairing guide for my favorite neighborhood restaurant: The Cheesecake Factory! Check out my latest blog at www.mariolunasomm.com for all of my selections, including a Merlot paired with the Steak Diane's medallions, mushrooms, and peppercorns.  #wine   #winery   #winetime   #winetasting   #winelovers   #winenot   #winestagram   #instawine   #cheesecake   #cheesecakefactory   #dinner   #lunch   #brunch   #mother   #mom   #mommy   #chef   #cook   #foodie   #redwine   #whitewine   #steak   #pasta   #italian   #spicy 
  • Of the 5 FirstGrowth Bordeauxs that are deemed The greatesthellip
    7 months ago by mariolunasomm Of the 5 First-Growth Bordeauxs that are deemed "The greatest red wines of France", it's only right to finish this week's education with the oldest aged wine. This is the 1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, the driest and least fruit-forward of any of the 5 wines showcased this week. Only 35% of the grapes are qualified to be part of the Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Once bottled, this wine can aged for up to 50 years with its strong tannic structure. I need to decant the wine and let rest 2 hours after opening.  #wine   #winery   #winetime   #winegram   #winenot   #winestagram   #instawine   #winewriter …

Wine Craft: Don’t Make Learning Riesling Difficult

I am going to make learning Riesling very simple. But first, I have to explain the reason for this post.I got into wine education because it pained me (still does) to watch wine experts swoop in to “teach” people about wine and not realize that the only thing they’re leaving behind is a big fat question mark. So many wine educators, sommeliers, and winemakers romanticize details like Brix measurements and the exact rainfall in La Salta in 1996 and in the process forget how to just sit and talk to people about wine in a straightforward, easily understandable way. For that, I am sorry.

 

One Word Learning Riesling

The biggest hurdle I had to overcome as a sommelier  was ditching those complicated descriptions in favor of concepts even the most novice of wine consumers can understand. In this edition of Wine Craft, I was able to use one word to describe the signature characteristic for each of four different Rieslings from regions from around the world. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Hopefully now you’ll be able to better understand how learning Riesling and how it changes from region to region so you can zero in on the bottle you (and your taste buds) like the most.

 

Mario’s Picks for Learning Riesling

  • Hugel Riesling from Alsace, France 2013 $19.99 BUY ME!
  • Dr. Loosen Erderner Treppchen Kabinett from Mosel, Germany 2014 $25.99 BUY ME!
  • Murphy’s Law Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington 2012 $10.99 BUY ME!
  • Forrest Estate Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand 2010 $17.99  BUY ME!
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