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What Does Tempranillo Taste Like? Tempranillo Grape Information & Food Pairings | SommelierQA.com

What Does Tempranillo Taste Like?

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Common Flavors and Aromas Fruit: Red & Blue (Black Cherry, Red Currant, Plum, Cranberry, Tomato, Subtle Strawberry) Earth & Mineral Notes: Limestone, Silt, Clay Additional Complexities: Tobacco, Mushroom, Black Pepper, Leather Saddle, Herbs Structure Body: Medium-Full Sugar: Dry Tannins: Medium ..

How to Tell When Wine Grapes are Ready for Harvest | When are Wine Grapes Ripe for Harvest? | SommelierQA.com

How Do You Tell When Wine Grapes Are Ripe and Ready for Harvesting?

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How do you know when wine grapes are ripe for harvest? What sort of testing is done to ensure that they are ripe from both a visual and scientific perspective? How do underripe and overripe grapes affect the final outcome of a wine? Does this change with vintages? Each harvest presents a daunting question: ..

What is Barbaresco Wine? | Barbaresco Wine Taste & Food Pairings | SommelierQA.com

What is Barbaresco Wine and What Does it Taste Like?

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Where is Barbaresco from and What are these wines made of? Barbaresco is an Italian wine region in the Northeast portion of Italy between Turin and Genoa. This wine is produced from Nebbiolo grapes. They are aged for a minimum of 2 years — at least 1 of which is in oak. These wines tend […]

What is Montepulciano Wine? | Montepulciano Wine Taste Description | SommelierQA.com

What is Montepulciano Wine? What Does it Taste Like?

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The name derives from the small town of Montepulciano in the south east area of Tuscany. Similar to other Tuscan wines, the main grape used in the production of the wine is Sangiovese. The wines tend to be darker in color close to a brownish red, as the wine ages it begins to take on […]

Provence Rosé Wine Guide | SommelierQA.com

Can you discuss the Provence wine region of France, what grapes and wines are produced here, and why this region works so well for Rosé Wine?

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Examining the Sights and Flavors of France’s Provence Wine Region and its Famous Rosé Wine  When thinking of Provence, the mind conjures images of lavender fields casting purple hues on rolling hills that match the sunsets. You think of the famous sundrenched seaside towns of the French Riviera ..

Little Known Wine Regions to Visit | SommelierQA.com | Best Up and Coming Wine Regions to Visit

What Up and Coming Wine Region Would You Recommend Traveling To? Why?

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I personally highly recommend traveling to wine regions outside of the big areas to places like Madiran in France, or the Douro in Portugal. This way, you still have all the old-world charm we all know and love but with new and exciting innovation when it comes to their winemaking processes.  It is a wonderful ..

What Wine Goes With Steak? High-end Steakhouse Sommelier Explains Ideal Steak and Wine Pairings

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What are some of the most coveted wines on Del Frisco’s wine list that you recommend pairing with steak? Can you elaborate on these wines, what they taste like and how they may pair with different variations of steak dishes?  Some of the most coveted wines on our list at Del Frisco’s Double ..

What Does Sauvignon Blanc Taste Like? | Top Sauvignon Blanc Wine Regions | SommelierQA.com

What are some of the top regions Sauvignon Blanc is coming from currently? What does Sauvignon Blanc taste like? What makes these wines ideal for pairing with seafood?

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Sauvignon Blanc originated in the Loire Valley in France and, as such, remains one of the top regions for the grape (which is labeled under its region Sancerre). Currently, New Zealand is leading the way in terms of Sauvignon Blanc production and sales. From these two regions, the wine is seldom oaked. The ..

What are the wines of the Loire Valley? | Loire Valley Wine Region of France | SommelierQA.com

What Are the Wines of the Loire Valley?

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What are some of the standout wines coming from the Loire Valley? What makes this region special, and what advice might you give to those looking to visit the region in terms of where to go and what to try? What foods pair best with Loire Valley wines? Loire valley is vast – stretching from […]

What are the Best White Wine with Seafood Pairings? | SommelierQA.com

What is the Best White Wine to Pair with Seafood?

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Today, New England-based sommelier Nicholas Daddona explains some of the best white wine with seafood pairings. Could you explain some of your favorite styles of white wine and tips for pairing these styles with seafood? What makes these pairings standout? Seafood is a New England staple. Boston and New England ..