No Fuss: The Basic Stuff You Need to Know About Wine...

     Well, we all have to start somewhere...so here we'll go back to the very basics: we'll peel off grapes and look into them, we'll smell the spices in our kitchen, we'll wonder why is red wine red? I will try to find the answers for all the questions you might have about fermented grape juice.

 

     There is no room for pride and ego here, and whatever your question is, feel free to ask it here. You know what they say, the only stupid question is the one you don't ask!

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Some Basic Tutorials to Understand Fermented Grape Juice

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September 16, 2018

     When we drove down to the South of the South, Andalucia, we stopped in the town of Jerez de la Frontera, whose former name in Moorish times was “Sherish”. It is under an anglicisation of this name that the wines of Sherry became famous.

     A little bit...

July 23, 2018

God, we loved our stay in the Arribes del Duero! As we were driving towards the village of Fornillos de Fermoselle, to meet with a cheese maker, we ended up going from one farm to another! Everywhere we stopped, we were given a good reason to go see the neighbour too.

E...

July 22, 2018

       You might have never heard of Colares wines, and there's nothing wrong about that! These uber-exclusive wines are produced in very small amounts (15.000 litres per year for the whole region) about 40 minutes West of Lisbon.

     A lot of things can...

June 18, 2018

      During our visit of the Arribes del Duero, we were lucky to stay at Charlotte Allen's place for a week and to share some of the vineyard & cellar work with her. Passionate, hardworking & a fantastic wine producer, we decided to ask her a few questions to share he...

May 17, 2018

During our visit of the fantastic wine region that is Rioja, we were lucky enough to step into the exclusive Bodega Baron de Ley, with its Historical monastery.

Chief winemaker Mayte Calvo, who has been trained by legendary Gonzalo Rodriguez, took the time to show us th...

March 15, 2017

Sometimes referred to as "sur lie" in French or "sobre lias" in Spanish, let's take a look at what an ageing on the lees really is...

Max

Certified Sommelier (CMS)

March 15, 2017

Hey guys,

It might seem pretty simple alright but let's make sure we've got a good understanding of what blending can really mean...

Max

Certified Sommelier (CMS)

March 15, 2017

I have already published a full tutorial on this subject (you can find it here). But for those of you who don't like reading too much, the very basics of oak ageing are explained in the video below.

February 13, 2017

When Do I Need a Decanter?

     Everytime I give a wine training or talk, the same question always seems to be coming back: when should I use a decanter? Wine being such a vast subject, it is always hard to give an overall answer to it, but I’ll try my best to do so....

January 27, 2017

Let’s Get Back to Square One… 

     When you teach a kid how to read, you don’t start with a book, you teach him the shape of the letters, the alphabet, then the words and eventually, after a while, you open his first book. There isn’t much difference with wine and the...

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Quick Tutorials for Beginners
 

September 16, 2018

     When we drove down to the South of the South, Andalucia, we stopped in the town of Jerez de la Frontera, whose former name in Moorish times was “Sherish”. It is under an anglicisation of this name that the wines of Sherry became famous.

     A little bit...

July 10, 2017

      I can hear people getting confused quite often, differentiating what’s been fermented from what’s been distilled. Here is the basic difference explained to you:

Fermentation

     Common fermented drinks include wine, beer, sake or cider. Ferment...

March 15, 2017

Sometimes referred to as "sur lie" in French or "sobre lias" in Spanish, let's take a look at what an ageing on the lees really is...

Max

Certified Sommelier (CMS)

March 15, 2017

Hey guys,

It might seem pretty simple alright but let's make sure we've got a good understanding of what blending can really mean...

Max

Certified Sommelier (CMS)

March 15, 2017

I have already published a full tutorial on this subject (you can find it here). But for those of you who don't like reading too much, the very basics of oak ageing are explained in the video below.

March 1, 2017

Here is a scary name for what really is a pretty simple concept, and to present it, I am very proud to post my first video!

I hope you guys enjoy it, and that it answers a few questions you might have...

Max

Certified Sommelier (CMS)

February 7, 2017

     If you have been working in a restaurant or a wine bar, or if you spend a lot of time in one of them (not judging you…), you would have heard a lot of people saying that they “love their sweet wines”. In fact, a very small percentage of the wines are sweet, and of...

February 6, 2017

     You’re still wondering why Prosecco is cheap and cheerful while Champagne or Cava are just cheerful? In this article, we’ll take a look at the reasons why some bubbles cost more than others…

What is Sparkling Wine?

     Whether you are into your wine...

February 3, 2017

     Since “black grapes” are often reddish & “white grapes” quite yellowish/greenish, is red wine really red and white wine really white?

 Masterclass at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, February 2017

     

     The first thing that struck me at my fir...

January 29, 2017

It is a word you have read in wine books and restaurant wine lists, but your French is a bit rusty and you are not sure about the meaning of it? Well don't panic, I've got you covered... Let's take a look at the definition of terroir.

Climate, Location & Traditions: the...

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Vintage, ABV, obscure wine laws... I will be posting some info to get your head around wine labels here!