November 24th-Beaujolais

This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we are traveling to the region of Beaujolais (Bō-zhō-lay) in Eastern France. The region is just to the south of Burgundy. Beaujolais is made from the red Gamay grape (there is also a Beaujolais blanc that accounts for about 10% of wines from the area). It is a lightContinue reading “November 24th-Beaujolais”

December Tasting Schedule

I can’t believe a year has almost passed that I have been typing this blog! I will be celebrating by having a great month of tasting scheduled for the month of December! December 1st- New World Cabernet (US, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa) December 5-11th-Sherry Week!!! December 16th-Sekt December 22nd-Barbera December 29th-Sauternes Cheers!!!  -TheLooseTanninContinue reading December Tasting Schedule”

November 17th-Montepulciano

Montelpulciano can be a bit confusing because there are wines made of Sangiovese (the same grape in Chianti) labelled as Vino de Nobile Montepulciano. The wines made from the red grape Montepulciano are labelled as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and must consist of a minimum 85% Montepulciano (the remaining portion is commonly Sangiovese). Even more confusing areContinue reading “November 17th-Montepulciano”

November 3rd-Merlot

Merlot (Murr-low) is a red grape originating from the Bordeaux region of France. It is the predominant grape in wines from the Right Bank portion of the area and a supporting grape in the blends from the Left Bank (Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape in these wines. Right Bank vs Left Bank is explainedContinue reading “November 3rd-Merlot”

October 27th-Semillon

Sémillon is a white grape, which again is a grape that originates from France, specifically the Bordeaux region. It is commonly mixed with Sauvignon Blanc in the making of a dessert wine called Sauternes (I will discuss this wine in December). Sémillon is commonly used as a blending grape but when it is made intoContinue reading “October 27th-Semillon”

October 13th-Lambrusco

Lambrusco is a fruity red wine of varying degrees of sparkling and sugar content. It originates in the food-centric Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, in the northern portion of the country. This area is known for such culinary marvels as Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic vinegar from Modena, Mortadella Bologna, and any pasta made withContinue reading “October 13th-Lambrusco”