The Basics of Sherry

I will always remember the first time I tried a Sherry. It was a glass of Manzanilla Solear from Barbadillo served during one of the first classes of my Sommelier diploma. The sensation of saltiness, the level of volume, the dryness and the depth of flavors were completely new to me. At that moment I understood what umami taste really meant and since then Sherry became one of my favorite wines. Continue reading “The Basics of Sherry”

A quick introduction to Spain!

Tapas, flamenco and sangria: those are the automatic descriptors of Spain, but the beautiful Iberian Peninsula has much more to offer! After living in Barcelona for almost three years I absolutely fell in love with the vibrant and festive culture of this country, reflected not only in its people but also in its culinary tradition. Spain is filled with flavors from the ocean, mountains and the unique Mediterranean forest, la Dehesa, combined with the aromas of thyme, rosemary, olives, garlic, peppers… and, of course, wine. Continue reading “A quick introduction to Spain!”

The best wine in the world!

The world of wine is surrounded by countless rules, patterns and opinions. The scores of wine critics like Robert Parker constantly create market trends and great areas like Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Napa Valley, Mosel, Barolo, Priorat and Ribera del Duero are constantly included in the lists of the best and most expensive wines. But among all the possible options, which single bottle is the best wine in the world? Continue reading “The best wine in the world!”

Preserving opened wine bottles

Tasting wine with friends is so much fun! It is a great way to share opinions about wines, learn from each other and assure that you will end up with a long line of empty bottles. However, once in a while we also dine alone and even though a bottle would go well with the meal we might have second thoughts about opening it. Continue reading “Preserving opened wine bottles”

Weingut Keller | “Behind the scenes”

“Welcome to Keller!” – those were the warming words pronounced by Klaus Keller on a cold September morning. It was the beginning of the 2016 harvest and my first day as an apprentice at this family owned winery, located in the lovely and hard to pronounce German town of Flörsheim-Dalsheim. Continue reading “Weingut Keller | “Behind the scenes””