Dégustations/Tastings

Wines of Spain & Tapas Party

Wines of Spain & Tapas Party

Good food, great wines, and fun group of people, all under one roof. This was a private wine tasting presented by Ted Field, seasoned wine educator of Domaine Wine Distributors.  For this event, Ted took the group on a journey across Spain with seven wines from various Spanish wine regions. Wines were accompanied with tapas prepared(…)

Discover Sauternes: Château de Fargues

Discover Sauternes: Château de Fargues

    I remember the very first time that I had Sauternes. It was at a Bordeaux tasting by Atlantic Wines, Inc. at the Alliance Française Atlanta. I was hooked to this luxurious sweeter side of Bordeaux instantly. So when I learned of this event presented by the Southeastern Sommelier Society featuring exclusively Saturnais wines, I could(…)

Bacchanal Red Blend

Bacchanal Red Blend

Bacchanal Wine was one of the tasting tables at this year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. It was there that I learned about the Bacchanal Blend, created by Bacchanal co-founder Chris Rudge. Rudge was a lover of wines from southern France, and with the help of Hope & Grace Winery in California, he attempted to recreate(…)

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Event

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Event

Who doesn’t love a Champagne party?! The Summer Champagne Mixer is an annual social and fundraising event presented by the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) typically in the month of June. And no…you do NOT have to speak French to attend! Here you’ll find French hors d’oevures prepared by local artisans, a friendly mix(…)

Champagne Ernest Rapenau- Épernay

Champagne Ernest Rapenau- Épernay

Épernay, France. One of my favorite destinations in the Champagne region and conveniently just a short train ride, an easy day trip east of Paris.  Just minutes away from Épernay is the village of Hautvillers, the same village where the famous Dom Perignon lived and worked as a cellarer. Here, the Rapenau family has been(…)

Burgundy Tasting by Domaine Louis Latour

Burgundy Tasting by Domaine Louis Latour

Burgundy is a place (a region) in France and is the birthplace for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. So a white Burgundy wine is Chardonnay and a red Burgundy wine is Pinot Noir. With over 20 selections available, the annual Louis Latour Burgundy tasting held by Atlantic Wines Inc. and led by Benard Retornaz, head of Maison Louis(…)

Château d’Armailhac- Grand Cru Classé (Pauillac)

Château d’Armailhac- Grand Cru Classé (Pauillac)

It’s a special (and VERY rare) treat for me to have a Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé, especially from Pauillac; hence the reason I like going to tasting events so I can try other people’s bottles. Lol! I had the Château d´Armailhac for the first time recently with some friends for my birthday, and it was gorgeous!(…)

Trentodoc- Italian Sparkling Wine

Trentodoc- Italian Sparkling Wine

    For those who enjoy the more sophisticated bubbles such as Champagne (meaning from Champagne, France) you have to try Trentodoc! This is a sparkling wine from the Trentino region of northern Italy, as if you’re heading towards Austria. In fact the Dolomites mountainous region where the vineyards are located reminds me of the landscape(…)

Ellena Giuseppe- Langhe Nascetta DOC (Italian White)

Ellena Giuseppe- Langhe Nascetta DOC (Italian White)

The other day while at Savvy Cellars shopping for wine, I was looking for a drier style Italian white. Richard, the ¨wine guy¨ at Savvy’s recommended this bottle. It is from northern Italy’s Piemonte/Piedmont region, more specifically the DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata) vineyard area of Langhe. The grape varietal is 100% Nascetta,  a relatively unknown Langhe(…)

Pontífiícís – Southern France White Blend

Pontífiícís – Southern France White Blend

    Lately I’ve really been enjoying white blends from the south of France. There is something about the mineral and herbaceous notes that I find appealing. This is one that I found at Trader Joe’s recently and priced at $6.99 per bottle, I have to say that it exceeded my expecations! It is a blend of 45%(…)