What are Super Tuscan wines?

What it comes to your mind when you hear “Super Tuscan” wine? For me, it was iconic Italian wines such as Sassicaia, Solaia, Tignanello, etc. Expensive too, 100, 300, 1000+ euro per bottle. Then in a store, I’ve seen a bottle which cost 30$ and had a label I wasn’t familiar with. Ok, not all of…

How to pair wine with your boyfriend

Valentine’s Day is coming. The sense of this holiday really is not clear to anyone except marketers. Fortunately, wine lovers have a holiday every day. Let’s pair this time wine not with food, but with your boyfriend. 1. You don’t have a boyfriend – cool, there is nothing to worry about, so you can just…

What to love Aglianico wine for?

Aglianico is delicious! Ok, maybe this argument can only be used for mom. Then this: 1.  Noble and non-industrial grape. It grows only on 9,900 hectares in the world, almost all – in Italy. For comparison – Paris just a little bit bigger! 2. Aglianico one of those grapes that grows on a volcano: volcanic…

Italian excellence: do you know Franciacorta?

Have you heard about Franciacorta? Most of my non-Italian friends are not. – Is it somewhere in France? – assumed my friend Shibhon. – No, it’s a fancy sparkling wine you brought us from… North of Italy? – Jennifer wasn’t so sure in her answer. Franciacorta is a wine zone in the north of Italy,…

Moderate wine consumption – how much is this?

Once living in Paris, I saw in our company a pregnant woman who drank red wine, I was surprised: “is she out of her mind?”. A little later I addressed her with this question, having formulated more delicately. She replied that in France it is normal, you just need to drink moderately. By the way,…

Which wine can help to solve your present problem?

Do you have a problem? Wine will help to solve it, although it will not do all the work for you. But it will give the opportunity to relax and look at everything from a different angle. 1. You can not lose weight. These few pounds first go away, then comes back again. It infuriates…

Wine and dine: 5 iconic duo around the globe

Are you ran out of ideas what to cook? Or just want to relax and order a food delivery? Here is a few gourmet ways to treat yourself when it’s rainy and gray outside. Good thing globalization, you don’t even need to leave your city 🙂 American: wine and burger. The good thing, this dish…

5 NOT tourist seafood restaurants in Rome

During a trip to a new city or country, you often want to mingle with the local people, feel cultural identity and explore national cuisine. But sometimes it is difficult to do if there are no friends or acquaintances. It happens that the Internet does not give the desired result too, so you have to…

Why studying for a sommelier is awesome?

Before going to the courses, I could not imagine that it turned out to be so useful and interesting occupation. Moreover, this feeling is shared by the students who study with me and those who have completed the courses long ago. – New knowledge clear your mind and charge the brain. A recent study says…

Aperitivo time: 6 charming terraces in Rome

Aperitivo, or happy hour, takes an important place in Italian culture as well as everything related to food :). One of my favorite things is to sip wine and admiring the view of the city from above. While living in Rome and having been on a variety of rooftop, I got favorite ones, where I…

Wine to believe: 5 popular statements we might consider as a true

In my sommelier school professors like to ask questions like “Do you believe that …” and then some popular statement follows. Picture: Terje Sollie After listening to the answers, they tend to smile cunningly and tell stories from life. Wine needs to be sniffed first through one nostril, then through another. – Once your second…

Dungeons & wine: the castle in Belgium

As in the case of Holland, finding information about Belgian vineyards was not easy. However, I managed to find not just a vineyard, but a whole castle. Genoels Elderen is located next to the Dutch border, a trip by car takes about 2 hours 45 minutes from Amsterdam, about 30 minutes from Maastricht, about an…

Why Dutch Wine? 6 features of wine and vineyards in Holland.

After my recent trip to the Dutch vineyards, I learned a few more nuances related to winemaking in the country: Although the first vines were brought to Holland by the ancient Romans, the winemaking was of little interest to the Dutch, this business was long considered to be hopeless. So modern production exists for about…