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  • Life is all about the moments that you share withhellip
    7 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
    7 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:  #wine …
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  • Mothers Day is this weekend and its time to takehellip
    7 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 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 …

World Wide Pinot Noir Flavors

The geogaphy of Pinot Noir or any grape drastically changes based on the amount of sunlight, length of sunlight, the degree of latitude from the equator, the elevation, and humidity. I will save you the boredom because I could go on an 6,000 word thesis on how every wine like these flavors change but I like you and not willing to put you to sleep. Instead, I will showcase the five geographical areas Pinots thrive and list suggestions to the reader to eventually want to try in a future date. Here we go!



Oregon Pinot Noir Flavors

Ruby to clear color with ripe raspberries, smoke, and barnyard on the nose with a tart, light finish!
Evening Land Vineyards: Wine Spectator Hit!
Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee: My favorite Oregon Pinot!

Sonoma Valley, California Pinot Noir Flavors

Brick red color with cherry, cherry cola, and mineral on the nose with a fruity, light finish!
Flowers Pinot Noir: The Pinot I Sold the Most!
Saintsbury Sonoma Coast: My First Favorite Wine!

Paso Robles, California Pinot Noir Flavors

Maroon to garnet color with stewed raspberry and blackberry on the nose with a fruity and hot finish!
Opolo: Shockingly great!
Adelaida Cellars: Never heard anyone that didn’t like it!

New Zealand Pinot Noir Flavors

Garnet to pink color with a ripe cherry and raspberry on the nose with a salty, light, and smooth finish!
Craggy Range:  Told by Many to TRY!
Cloudy Bay: The Classic New Zealand Pinot!

Burgundy, France Pinot Noir Flavors

Ruby to garnet color with a tart raspberry and cherry on the nose with a purple flower, long, and elegant finish!
Domaine Bitouzet Volnay: Sneakingly Great!
Louis Jadot Nuit-Saint-Georges: The Longest Finish EVER! 

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


Mario Luna
Certified Sommelier
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