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May 21, 2020

Happy National Chardonnay Day!

There is more than one Chardonnay wine out there. This varietal wine is so versatile, diverse, and rich in style.

Please, allow me to share my journey to discover the diverse Chardonnay wine styles. I hope my story will inspire you to discover them as well.

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May 15, 2020

Two viewpoints on how to learn to talk about wine

Wine talk can be intimidating for the apprentice wine taster. Indeed, we, wine enthusiasts love to talk about wine, its origin, its making, the winery, and of course its taste.

How did you learn to about wine? How do wine enthusiasts learn?

Here are the points of view of scientists and wine experts.

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May 09, 2020

How does a sommelier develop skills for creating amazing food and wine pairing?

After 8 weeks of being sheltered in place, I am dreaming about the next time I could enjoy an excellent dinner at a great restaurant. I can see the site, the tables, the dimmed light, and the sommelier coming toward us bringing the wine list.

I have met very professional sommeliers in my career in the industry and some who could have gained more skills in serving and food pairing. These are the skills you learn on the job I assumed. That’s why I was excited to read the title of this article published in January 2020: Acquiring competence: Sommeliers on ‘good’ food and beverage combinations.

So what does it take for a sommelier to create good food and wine pairing? 

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Apr 26, 2020

What do Geographical Indications on Wine Labels Tell You?

Have you ever wondered why some wine labels mentioned the producing region on the front and some don’t?

Geographical indications signal the place of origin of the products at hand. For wine, they are the regions of grape growing and winemaking.

But the big question remains: Do varietal wines from different regions taste differently?

Over the last ten years, many studies have been conducted to determine if geographical indications produced particular wine flavor profiles that could guide us when shopping for wines.

Discover what we learned from Canada and Australia.

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Apr 18, 2020

Could Loss of Smell due to Covid-19 be reversed by “Smell training”?

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well and are safe. We live unprecedented times that affect all us in different ways. You might be tired of all the reports on COVID-19. However, allow me to share with you an intriguing finding. 

The Coronavirus alters our sense of smell. This is not good news for us wine lovers, as wine is essentially wine aromas. The positive news is that most patients recover; medical experts actually suggest smell training as a way to stimulate recovery.

If you are following me for a little while, you know that smell training is a practice that I recommend to all wine lovers. This practice is the best path to master your wine tasting skills. Will our training increase our awareness of detecting a possible infection and be disciplined to recover through simple smelling exercises?

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Mar 22, 2020


What a week we just lived!

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

Like many in the US, I am now working at home and for the next 3 weeks. While I am used to it, many colleagues found it difficult to settle in this new reality. The pandemic continues to have a dreadful impact on people, society, and the economy.

We will go through it together and, as my neighbor wrote in his driveway, Everything will be alright.

How do you settle in quarantine? Have you tried virtual wine tasting? I would love to hear your story.

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Mar 14, 2020

Wine and Health: Is it a good pairing?

Are you concerned that wine and health do not pair well anymore?

That’s true, back in 1992, when Professors Renaud and De Lorgeril linked wine polyphenols to potential health benefits, moderate consumption of red wine became a trend, especially in the US and Canada. At the time, French people suffered less of cardiovascular diseases; the French Paradox of moderate red wine consumption, along with a Mediterranean diet, was thought to be the best approach to a healthy lifestyle. It was long ago before being vegan was trendy and adding butter to coffee was the best breakfast ever.

Newest generation of wine drinkers seem to drink less wine and favor less alcoholic drinks, according to a recent survey by Wine Intelligence presented in January this year.

So the question becomes: Is reducing alcohol consumption the only path to better health?

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Mar 07, 2020

Our Wine Experience Changes with our Surroundings

We all have memories of a remarkable wine experience; however, when we try to share the wine and re-create this experience, it usually doesn't work. It happened to me not so long ago. 

My hubby and I visited the Mumm Champagne House this past summer. We were fortunate to taste a special Cuvee, Champagne Rose Foujita, in a private tasting room. It was a comfortable and quiet space and just the two of us. Quite memorable.

We bought three bottles of this unique wine and opened one just before Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house. The wine seemed flat in both carbonation and flavor.

What happened?

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Feb 29, 2020

Which wine flavors do increase the chances of getting a wine award?

Have you ever been attracted by a wine bottle displaying gold or silver medal stickers? We expect these awards to indicate a superior wine quality, and therefore we should consider purchasing it. Would you agree?

But can we trust these awards? How are they determined? And do they indeed indicate a wine of superior taste?

Today I report on a study giving us some insights on wine awards. The researchers wanted to determine if the wines winning gold medals had consistent chemical or sensory signatures. They analyzed data from the winners of Grand Gold or Gold medals of the prestigious Mundus Vini competition.

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Feb 21, 2020

Are flaws more acceptable in organic wines?

Do you purchase organic wines?

Whatever your answer is, it is true that a growing number of wine lovers turn to sustainable production practices when purchasing wine.

Some critics argue that organic wines tend to have more flaws than wines made using more conventional practices.

Are "flawed wines" more acceptable when an organic stamp is present on a wine bottle?

A group of Portuguese and Brazilian scientists posed this question and conducted a study to answer it. I share with you their findings that were published this month. 

This research provides new evidence that prior information and knowledge can alter people’s appreciation of wines. Find out in what way!

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