Wine Reviews and Ratings

Holiday Wine Guide 2018

I've included my holiday wine selections below. If you're thinking of a wine-soaked holiday season, I'd also like to recommend a few of our wine classes, as well. I just released our Top Wines of 2018 class. I intentionally left it off the front page until now, so our...

40 Essential Wine Terms

Have you ever gone wine tasting and had no clue about anything anyone was saying? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these 40 common wine terms and tasting descriptions. For a full breakdown of wine terminology, we suggest our Wine Dictionary. Wine Scent...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part One

Apparently, many of you love our gift guide but think it's been getting too long.  So this year the guide has been split into two. This is the first edition, with the second --the holiday wine guide-- coming out in early December.  Have a great Thanksgiving! Keith...

Getting a Job in the Wine Business

The wine industry is a massive industry with several different career options to suit different types of people. Whether it is physically dealing with the wine or simply selling the wine – there is something out there for anyone. Here we have a list of the most common...

Contino 2014 Rioja Reserva

Contino is the first and remains one of the greatest single-vineyard Rioja producers in the marketplace. Based on the ideals of 19th Century French château's, Contino has been CVNE's premier label since 1973. Back then, it was rare to grow and produce wines at the...

Switzerland

Swiss Wines The people of Switzerland have so much love for their wine that they only export a small portion of it. The question is whether this is by design or lack of demand from outside countries. The Swiss do consume a lot of imported wine from other countries but...

Castello di Gabbiano 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva

The  Gabbiano Castle has been a focal point in Tuscany since the 12th century. Being between the rival towns of Sienna and Florence, it was more often about war, not wine. Here's a section from a 19th-century account of medieval warcraft: Fulminato da dieci cannoni,...

October 2018 Newsletter

Suggested Classes A few upcoming classes at the school that you should consider attending. First Growths of the East Coast Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 pm There are hundreds of wineries scattered from Virginia to Maine. Over the last few years, a quiet revolution...

Eleven Wine Blogs to Follow

The wine industry just wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for some of the fantastic wine blogs we had access to today. Whether it is to inform us about serious wine matters or to relate better to new-wine-lovers, there is something out there for everyone. We’ve put...

Isabella 2016 Bobal, Ribera del Jucar

This is a small wine region that most wine maps forget to include (I'm talking to you Wine Folly). That's not unexpected, actually, as there are hundreds of tiny and obscure wine regions that don't make the cut. Ribera del Jucar is next to the more famous (and that's...

Spanish Wine Primer

It is no secret that Spain has a lush terroir; bringing us the world’s most interesting cultivars and high-quality wine. Spain is now known for being one of the world’s biggest wine exporters, the world’s largest organic wine producers and the country with the most...

Bodegas Montecillo 2011 Reserva Rioja

A 19th Century winery that still manages to put out some serious juice,  year in and year out. If you need an everyday bottle of Rioja, this will fit the bill.  Aromas of cigar box and tomato leaf; flavors of cherry, burnt vanilla, and laurel. There is plenty of fresh...

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