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What is the stuff at the bottom of the cork?

What is the stuff at the bottom of the cork? Dark red, almost inky, deposits, sometimes crystalline in texture? You find it at the end of the cork which has been in touch with the wine during aging and it is actually a quality sign which shows that the wine has not been overfiltered which can strip away some of the flavors. How did it end up there and what is it? Read on to find out.

Written by Katarina at West Wines

How to do a Vertical Tasting

One of the more fun wine tastings to do is a vertical tasting. It means that you use the same wine, i.e. the same varietal from the same vineyard from a number of different years. Invite a group of friends who like wine, they do not have to be experts, neither do you. You are actually about to learn a lot from tasting the same wine from different years and you can do it just for fun and notice the differences and enjoy the wines, or you can go about it more seriously and take notes, discuss and compare.

Written by Katarina at West Wines

A Wine for Every Mother: Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

So how do we choose a wine for Mom tomorrow? I was thinking of this yesterday and deciding that I first had to figure out my Mom, what wine does she resemble? Is she crisp and cool like a Sauvignon Blanc? Composed in every situation with a fresh eye on what is going on? Will know what you are doing even if she has her back towards you? Maybe she is colorful and fun, has a sense of humor but with a spicy edge to it? A Zinfandel of course.

Written by Katarina at West Wines

Enjoying our Sonoma Cabernet Wine with Music

Wine and Music are my two passions. Now there is a lot of discovery around how music affects your wine appreciation. We are looking at different genres of music and also look at what other people have found out. Let me know what YOU think!

Written by Katarina at West Wines

Can you serve wine with your Easter eggs?

Well of course you can, but it will not taste that great. Not if we are talking about hard boiled eggs and especially not with red wine. Now that Easter is here I am reminded how hard it is to pair eggs with wine. Eggs have so much savory umami flavor and also contain a lot of sulfur which creates an almost metallic taste in your mouth when paired with wine. But there are some tricks to change the flavor experience that I would like to share.

Written by Katarina at West Wines