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Wine of the Week: 2017 Chateau Rocher Calon 1/8/2020

Wine: 2017 Chateau Rocher Calon Montagne St. Emilion Region: St. Emilion Bordeaux, France Price: $20 Grapes: 95 % merlot 5% Cabernet Franc Taste: The wine has a velvety, plush mouthfeel, soft tannins with dark fruit, chocolate and herbal notes. Fun Story: One of my most memorable wine e experiences was when I tricked one of my I-Don’t-Drink-Fucking-Merlot Friends into drinking Merlot (mentioned in this video). I brought the wine of the week to her house, decanted (when should you decant wine? read this article). and...

How To Deal With A Wine Jerk

Know the Peanuts comic created by Charles M. Schulz? If you’re unfamiliar, the character Lucy plays a running gag on Charlie Brown throughout the years of the comic’s existence. Charlie Brown revs up to run and kick the ball, then Lucy pulls the football away before he can kick it. The wine jerk is Lucy. Someone can be a wine novice or an expert just the same but a Lucy comes along to snatch the hope in every Charlie Brown. It can...

Festive Bubbles — From Budget to Baller

Let’s talk wine inclusion. You all know that I love Champagne. As we near the close of one year and move into the excitement of the next, this is also the season where those of us in the wine industry commonly make a list of our Champagne recommendations for New Year’s Eve. As I was preparing my list to share with you, I thought to myself, “who are you fooling? If you were not in the industry, what is the likelihood you'd...

Holiday Wine and Bites Party

At this point in the holiday season you’ve probably attended one or two holiday wine and bites party. Be strong, there are a few days left, and at least three more parties to go! We’ve planned some memorable wine tasting events this season. One of my favorites was a Holiday Wine and Bites Party I co-hosted with Heartfelt Catering. Instead of a traditional menu, Chef Cecelia Hamilton created small bites which I paired some unique wines. This party was so...

The Vintage Modern: Revisit Madeira with H.M. Borges 10 Years Old Reserve Boal

Today we revisit a favorite here at Shall We Wine: H.M. Borges 10 Years Old Reserve Boal Madeira. Put this on your sweet map! Earlier this year I contributed to There's Nothing Wrong With Sweet Wine for VinePair and how the misconception of sweet wine has shaped the wine industry. Sweet wine discrimination is still alive and kicking. As a result, the complexities of the sweet wine category has a tendency to be overlooked, and it comes from various...

Thanksgiving Pie Wine Pairings & Surviving the Holiday Dinner Commentary

Part of the season of thankfulness through the season of gift-giving can be accompanied by more than roasted poultry traditions and its fair share of carby sides — it can also come with a plat d'accompagnement (side dish in French) mixed with laughable circumstances and uncomfortable criticisms. Dessert often gets portrayed as playing second fiddle to the mains, but the sugar rush part of the feast is just as fun to maneuver when it comes to wine pairings! Not to...

Wine of the Week 11/13/2019

Wine: Louis Pommery, Brut California Region: California Grapes: Chardonnay (96%) Pinot Noir (4%) Price: $23 Taste: Classic California sparkling deliciousness. Baked green apple and grilled peach on the nose. The   wine is creamy on the palate and mirrors the nose with flavors of apples, peach, plus crisp pear, citrus and Nilla wafers on the finish. Pairs with: Great for brunch, with fried foods (chicken, shrimp, fish) quiche and egg souffle, and a day with your girlfriends. FYI: This sparkling wine is produced by the Champagne Pommery House in Reims,...

Wine of the Week 11/6/19

Wine: Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas Blanc and 2017 Esprit Rouge Region: Paso Robles Taste:  Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas Blanc $45 This wine smells of romance; fresh white flowers, sugar, spice, and everything nice. It indulges the mouth with an abundance of zests; green apples, citrus, honey, anise, and striking salinity. Delicious Pairs with: Lobster, rich fish dishes, Asian foods, grilled veggies. Thanksgiving Grapes: 68% Roussane, 17% Granche Blanc, 7% Picpoul Blanc, 4% Clairette Blanche, 4% Picardan Notes from the Winery: Roussane provides a richness and...

Event Alert: Chicago Champagne Week November 1-10, 2019

I love Champagne. Periodt! Check out my recent appearance of Sister Circle Live as I chat about some of my favorite producers. https://youtu.be/WdqOAs6F1U4 EVENT DETAILS When I heard that Steve Morgan, Midwest Manager for the Importer, The Sorting Table and Garth Hodgon, hospitality industry specialist were hosting "Champagne Week" in my sweet home Chicago, I had to share. Here are the dets! "Chicago Champagne Week is a time for everyone to revel in their mutual desire to drink more Champagne." ...

THE REAL MOSCATO

I.E.E.M. (International Event & Exhibition Management) an agency specializing in marketing, events production and public relations for the wine industry curated one of the best Italian wine experiences with its tri-city tour: Simply Italian Great Wines U.S. Tour.  The first stop was, my sweet home Chicago on October 21, 2019 at the trendy The LondonHouse. The Chicago event was so well done, if time permitted, I would have followed the tour to Los Angeles (October 23) and Seattle (October 24). When it...