Tonia recently had the opportunity to talk with Jay Buchsbaum from Royal Wines and enjoy some of this year's top picks from Royal Wine :
Bartenura Sparkling Moscato Rose
Bartenura is the most popular Italian Moscato in the U.S. market and beyond. With its luxurious taste, appearance, and mouthfeel, the Sparkling Rose is like upgrading from coach to first class. Slightly sweet, it's a festive companion to cheese and dessert. And its "couture fashion" inspired gift bag is a feast for the eyes, too.
Teperberg Legacy Petite Sirah
The Legacy Petite Sirah showcases why Teperberg is a rising star among Israel's wineries. Their flagship wine is not only delicious but also intriguing. Aged in French oak barrels, this deep red offers a soft flavor and rich texture with a complex balance of fruit and roasted oak.
Carmel Limited Edition
A powerful yet elegant Bordeaux-style wine, the Carmel Limited Edition represents the best of Israeli winemaking. Its distinct Mediterranean notes are bold and earthy, characterized by a rich, smooth, fruity taste. Carmel Winery was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of the legendary Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, and the Limited Edition is a tribute to its origins.
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Many enjoy wine, but do most of us actually know how to do a proper tasting? It's something a lot of us like to try, but what's the proper technique? Alberto Frea, who's International Brand Ambassador for Fontana Fredda joined this All-Wine Wednesday edition of Tonia's Kitchen to talk about just how to properly conduct a tasting. Tonia was recently invited to a Barolo Master Wine Class at Eataly in Boston. Before that, Alberto told Tonia to start by looking at the color of the wine first. Then smell it. To do that, Alberto says you need to train your nostrils on the finer things in life, like flowers, fruit, spices and perfumes. Take in those aromas before you sniff the wine. And when actually tasting, take small sips and make sure the wine comes into contact with your whole tongue. The reason, Alberto says your tongue has different receptors in the back and front. To taste wine effectively, you have to make sure they all get a sample. It's a long process, but you too can learn and become an amateur Sommelier!
Today we are talking about wine - specifically how wine is closed using cork. Many of us just assume cork closures are better, but if so, why is that? How exactly is cork harvested? Does it harm the trees? Tonia interviewed Gary Fisch of Gary's Wine & Marketplace to talk about wine bottled with cork and other sustainable vineyard practices. We also had the pleasure of doing a wine tasting with Gary.
In 2014, Gary was named "Retailer of the Year" by Market Watch, the nation's leading beverage-alcohol industry publication. Gary's Wine & Marketplace began as a small wine shop in Madison, NJ, in 1987 and has grown to one of the largest fine wine businesses in the United States, with $50+ million in revenues. Gary's wine experience is available on a national scale as well. Gary's easy-to-access website, GarysWine.com, has become a "fifth store" as more and more people discover that shopping online for wine is easy, enjoyable, and affordable. Shipping to 37 states throughout the country is available.
The Boston Wine Expo took place at The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center on February 18 and 19th, 2017.
The Educational Keynote Seminar was hosted by Tim Hanni. Tonia had the opportunity to talk with Tim.
Tim Hanni is an internationally renowned flavor maven. A professionally-trained chef, he is one of the first two resident Americans to successfully complete the examination and earn the title Master of Wine. He is a Certified Wine Educator accredited by the Society of Wine Educators. He has been involved with wine- and food-related businesses, education and research for over thirty-five years. Hanni has a unique perspective on food and wine, providing a modern and innovative approach to the subject.
Tonia talked with Evan Goldstein about the Wines of South America.
Evan Goldstein, MS, is one of the nation's most prolific food and wine industry veterans. His food and wine career started at age 19 in the kitchens of the Restaurant Le Saintongeais and the Hotel Lancaster in Paris, Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, and Chez Panisse Cafe in Berkeley, California. In 1984 he joined his mother Chef and Author Joyce Goldstein in opening the celebrated San Francisco restaurant Square One where as sommelier his wine lists received a myriad of awards. In 1987 he became the eighth American and youngest ever at the time to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. Evan created education programs, wine training and service hospitality schools with Seagram Chateau & Estates Wines Company, Diageo, Allied Domecq, and Beam Wine Estates. In addition, Evan continues to train and examine candidates for the Court of Master Sommeliers as a Founding Board member. He is now the President and Chief Education officer for Full Circle Wine Solutions, Inc., a global wine education and public relations company.
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