Tin Foil Capsule – The Quality Brand Of A Wine Bottle

The Tin Foil Capsule

Let’s take advantage of the warm summer days to discuss a subject that we hold close to our heart, a topic that inspires our meals and apéritifs: The wine. This time, we won’t talk about varietals, vinification, or vintage… We will talk about the tin foil capsule. Not the beer cap, not the screw top, not the lid of a tuna can, but the precious and noble tin foil capsule that protects the corks of … Continue reading

SOMM: Into The Bottle – Ten Wine Stories With Compelling Interviews

Somm : Into The Bottle

In my last article, I went through the documentary SOMM.   This post covers the follow-up movie about ten very compelling wine stories, SOMM: Into The Bottle.  You don’t have to have seen SOMM to watch Into The Bottle, but it is helpful. Somm: Into The Bottle – Ten Wine Stories This documentary is really ten wine stories… Or chapters, all about wine.  There are interviews with sommeliers, wine professionals and winemakers that are informative, … Continue reading

SOMM: The Making Of A Master Sommelier

Somm – The Making Of A Master Sommelier

What does it take to become a Master Sommelier?  The movie SOMM documents four Master Sommelier candidates through their journey of taking the most demanding exam in the wine industry.  In an effort to join the prestigious and exclusive organization, “The Court of Master Sommeliers”, you need to be an expert in virtually every detail in the world of wine and spirits. SOMM: The Making Of A Master Sommelier It is a compelling study of the will … Continue reading

The Fence Wine Project / Great Wine Sharing Experience

Fence wine… What is Fence Wine??? Fence wine is a one-of-a-kind wine sharing experience that is quite pleasant, yet they are few and far between these days. Fence wine is a recipe for happiness and I am about to explain how YOU can enjoy it as well. Sure! Anyone can do it… You simply need some key ingredients to make it happen. First you need a fence – That is kind of obvious but not everyone has one. If … Continue reading

The Responsibilities Of A Wine Cooler

Wine Coolers

If you live in California and you love wine, you probably have a wine cooler or a wine cellar. And if you don’t, well you oughta get one! But beware, owning a wine cooler or a wine cellar comes with responsibilities. There are two potential problems with owning a wine cooler or a wine cellar!   Drinking Wine Too Fast If you are a member of a wine club, you conveniently receive a tasteful collection of wine every now … Continue reading

Wine Songs

I grew up surrounded with people who cherish wine. Both sets of grandparents live in two very notorious and respected French Wine regions: Côtes du Rhône and Bourgogne (Burgundy). Needless to say, I imbibed a ton and learned even more while spending entire summers at my grandparents. There was just something about seeing the grapes being grown in that soft sunlight of France, and experiencing the whole wine-making process that really opened me up. There are large numbers of songwriters … Continue reading

Wine Corks And Cork FAQ

I gathered a few questions and answers about natural cork from the world wide web. Whether true or not, they make us think about our recycling obligations. The wine industry has introduced other ways to protect wine after finding its way inside the bottle. Those are synthetic stoppers and aluminum screw caps, both scientifically proven to be as good, if not better than natural cork. I guess I do have a preference for natural cork but ultimately, what really matters … Continue reading

Wine With A Pun In The Name

Everybody loves a good pun, especially when they’re clever. Puns are quite popular in parties and small gatherings, and so is wine. Little did you know, puns pair very well with wine… So much that they are used by winemakers themselves. So I came up with a list of wine with a pun in the name. I love funny names. As well as anecdotes and jokes, the whimsical labels and names given to wine are a particular source of amusement. … Continue reading

Steak Tartare Wine Pairing

I confess, steak tartare is my guilty pleasure. So much that it has become my first meal every time I travel back to France. After landing in Paris Charles De Gaulle airport, I quickly Uber over to one of my favorite restaurants on Place Dauphine near Notre-Dame and cheerfully order my steak tartare. Best way to beat jet lag ; ) Steak tartare comes in many forms: ground, chopped, seared, etc… I tasted it several times at different restaurants and it turns out, … Continue reading

Meiomi Wine Story

I have mentioned Meiomi Pinot Noir in other posts as a wonderful $22 bottle of wine. It has been under the Wagner Family banner since its inception in 2009. Yes, it does have a twist cap, but the “juice” inside the bottle is consistent and always worth the price of admission. And in case you are not familiar with the Wagner Family of wines – they are the group responsible for Caymus – a beautiful Cabernet … Continue reading