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  • Life is all about the moments that you share withhellip
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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 …
Shiraz

Guess This Mystery Syrah!

(This is beginning of a 4-part blog series called, “Syrah Education for Real Life” to amplify your passion for Syrahs or having to opportunity to learn about something you are not familiar with!) This blog is a puzzle of understanding which specific wine (here’s a hint: it’s a Shiraz!) that I’m tasting. I will provide…

Matt Damon

If Matt Damon Were a Glass of Wine?

Matt Damon is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors since he and Ben Affleck appeared in Good Will Hunting in 1997. He’s been a genius, a thief, a rescued paratrooper in World War II, a serial killer, and a NASA Astronaut. Since this is movie awards season, this would be a great time to translate…

sparkling wine

How to Open a Bottle of Sparkling Wine

Warning!  This is a public service announcement brought to you by mariolunasomm.com: “Do not use your sparkling wine bottle as a weapon.”  This announcement is to prevent the sparkling wine lover from accidentally hurting themselves or others when opening this type of wine bottle. We all love the “bubbles” and want to drink it during…

Dessert Wine

Presidential Dessert Wine Production

In 2009, I was a Food Server in a restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip waiting on a group of seven gentlemen. These guys were celebrating a bachelor party and were gorging away on incredible steaks and pastas. The father of the bachelor asked me for a dessert wine list and began skimming the menu…

Corked Wine

Bad Bottle Alert: Corked Wine!

Staying appropriate for this discussion, there is nothing worse in life than opening a bottle of wine and it turns out bad. It could smell like a wet dog, cardboard, newspaper, in some cases, nitrogen or even rotten egg. Gross! If you ignore the warning signs of the awful smell of the nose and then…

Albarino dinner

Albarino Dinner Pairing Menu

So you order a bottle of Albarino from Galicia, Spain (northwest) at your favorite  and are now looking at the food menu.  You can just order shrimp and a light fish,but you’re looking for a more exciting dining experience.  When you are set on your wine choice but willing to go a little further afield…

Pinot Noir Flavors

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…

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