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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: http://besseratdebellefon.com  #wine …
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    7 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
    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 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 …

mario luna

From Budding Engineer to Passionate Oenophile

This was the quote which was articulated to Mario Luna by Eddie Osterland, the first American Master Sommelier, back in 2007. That night, Mario witnessed one of Eddie’s captivating wine education tastings called “Power Entertainment.“ It was this event that galvanized Mario’s ongoing journey towards becoming a Master Sommelier himself.

Mario Luna attended ITT Technical Institute and Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2004. In May 2011, Mario passed the Level 1 Introductory Course & Exam administered by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers; a mere four months later he became a Certified Sommelier through the same institution. He is currently preparing for the Advanced Level Exam which will bring him one step closer to his goal of achieving the coveted Master Sommelier position, the highest position a Sommelier can obtain.

“You can’t be the best at what you do unless you can provide the service to better everyone else.” – Eddie Osterland

Mario Luna: The Start of the Everyday Sommelier

Spurred on by the quote above, Mario Luna holds himself perpetually to a higher standard of serving others. His passion for educating industry professionals and casual wine lovers alike about the intricacies of wine led him to start his own video blog and wine education company in 2013. Unlike other wine sites and books that emphasize quantity of knowledge over the actual usability of the wine information people are learning, Mario believes that wine education a) shouldn’t be so difficult, and b) should be relatable. In fact, relatability is what Mario’s method is all about.

Wine Education for Everyday Life

When Mario set out to become a wine expert, he found that he learned the concepts faster and retained them better when he drew parallels between things he already knew and understood, like the food and drinks he grew up with, and the ideas he was just becoming familiar with, like wine faults and terroir. With his wine courses, eBooks, podcasts, and other multimedia offerings, he is now using that same easy-to-grasp methodology to help people all over the world learn more about wine in a way that make sense for them and for their everyday lives.

Mario currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and works on the famous Las Vegas Strip. He also frequently conducts tastings in private homes, for business functions, and as part of corporate team-building exercises. In addition to his ever-increasing library of online wine education courses, he also tutors budding sommeliers in both one-on-one and group settings.

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