Bodegas César Florido Fino Cruz del Mar NV

Pale amber-brown color; flor, earth, bread yeast, pineapple, lemon, almond, sea air on the nose; chamomile, almond, citrus, smoke, salinity on the palate. Continue reading “Bodegas César Florido Fino Cruz del Mar NV”

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino en Rama Décima Edición 2019

Deep gold color; bread baking, flor, almonds, spice, sea air on the nose; salted almond, lemon, honey, white peach, smoky bacon, salinity on the palate. Continue reading “Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino en Rama Décima Edición 2019”

Crystal or glass wine glass?

In the worlds of indulgent pleasures, people can obsess over the accouterments. Wine glasses (stemware) break into that territory. Standard glass or crystal? Continue reading “Crystal or glass wine glass?”

Wine snobbery

While wine snobbery may be irritating, it certainly is nothing new. Some 2,800 years ago, the Greek poet Homer in The Iliad and The Odyssey used wine references to signal privilege. The higher in society in Homer’s day, the better wine you drank. Continue reading “Wine snobbery”

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino Muy Seco Palomino Xérès Sherry NV

Deep gold color; toasted almonds, bread, orange zest on the nose; lemon, grapefruit, almond, white peach on the palate. Continue reading “Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino Muy Seco Palomino Xérès Sherry NV”

Decanting do’s and don’ts

As veteran readers know, I am an advocate of decanting. But this is wine, so when it comes to how to decant and when to decant, things can get problematic. Some guidelines. Continue reading “Decanting do’s and don’ts”

Science vs. tasting notes

Wine tasting descriptions, whether by wine pros or the supercilious jerk next to you in the wine bar, are a fertile field for bloviating blather. Truth is, there is hard evidence we all taste things differently. God made us that way. Continue reading “Science vs. tasting notes”

Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2017

Pale gold color; pineapple, mango, milk chocolate on the nose; ripe peach, pear, apricot, honey, green apple, Meyer lemon, lime, beeswax, minerality on the palate. Continue reading “Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2017”