There’s no way around it. We all use some kind of scoring system for qualifying our pleasures. Whether it’s a new romantic prospect, a restaurant, or a wine, the idea that the essence of a whole can be summed up in stars or points has been wound into our appreciation of pleasure. Scoring things is … Continue reading Should You Trust Wine Scores?
Have you ever found yourself wondering why some wine labels have a brand name or a grape variety on the label, while others have the name of a wine region? Does this make it difficult to decide what wine to buy? We don’t want to be wrong, after all. We want to know that the … Continue reading It’s Okay To Judge A Wine By Its Label
Women play a major role in the development of the wine industry. Some of the world’s most popular wines and brands have been created or piloted into the public spotlight by women. What’s more, women have been proven time and again to be better tasters than their male counterparts. Whether they are pruning the vines, … Continue reading Celebrating Women In The Wine Industry
The world of beer is about as old and diverse as the world of wine, dating back to Neolithic times (circa 9500 BCE) when grains were first planted for farming purposes. Today, the type of grains and flavorings that craft brewers are using to create various styles of the prepared beverage are intriguing if only … Continue reading B-double-E-double-R U N – Beer Run!
I like playing the devil's advocate. For the sake of discussion, let's take a look at the image above. Aside from the spelling errors, what do you notice about these wine grape leaves? Are there any similarities between botanical design and the flavors that 'define' the grape wines made from that variety? How about when … Continue reading Wine Grape Leaves – A Study
There are as many ways to fall in love as there are to fall in love with wine. No one way is better than another. With so many options available we could go bankrupt without ever finding happiness. One way to divert the monetary stress of trying each wine that everyone suggests and having some … Continue reading Start a Wine Club You Can Love
Beauty comes in many forms. It might be a question of measurable symmetry or a juxtaposition of opposites – ruggedly handsome, heroin chic – but the origin of physical beauty is set firmly in the eye of the beholder. In wine, beauty is most often equated with aroma and balance: a beautiful bouquet, a beautiful … Continue reading How To Taste Wine Like a Pro – Part 2
I met the MUTINEER Magazine team in 2010 at the Hospice du Rhone, in Paso Robles, California. They were there promoting the magazine, emceeing tastings, and otherwise trying to raise the energy level in the room. The temperature of beverage industry was rising, consumers were excited – about wine, mixed drinks, and micro-brews – but very few bloggers and … Continue reading I Joined The Mutiny …
Without a doubt the question I get the most in my wine classes is “How can I learn to taste wine like a pro?” The short answer to this question is practice. The long answer is that there is no short cut to being the best. Practice is the key to success in everything. Read More >>> … Continue reading How To See Wine Like A Pro