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  • smokin fool
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    This California Red will be my next victim.
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  • obiQsmoker
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    Engaging your Sommelier

    Can anyone else relate to my experience? ...
    I take my dear wife to a nice restaurant for a special occasion. I’m presented their wine list, 14-pages that feel like a wine tour around the world - and exactly ONE wine I even recognize. Their sommelier walks up; “Do you have any questions I can answer about the wine list?” My brain screams “yea, like where do I even BEGIN!!?” So I politely say “um, no thanks, give me a moment to decide on something”. I search for some glimmer of grape, region, and price range that might not be too embarrassing, toss the mental dart at the dartboard, and cross my fingers, thinking “if nothing else, we’ll try something new and I’ll learn a little something.

    I’ll admit, Somm’s really used to intimidate me. I didn’t really understand their role, assumed they would upsell, and frankly felt seriously lacking in enough wine knowledge to even begin a conversation with them.

    As I found a little more time to explore wine, I also wanted to understand what the hey a sommelier really is. I was tired of my embarrassing encounters with them. Why do they exist? Really?

    A friend recommended the book “Cork Dork” by Bianca Bosker, I watched the movie “Somm”, and Ding, Ding, Ding, there it was. THEY are wine experts, there to help us mere wine mortals navigate the crazy universe that is wine on planet earth.
    At my next nice dinner out, I ASKED for the somm, mentioned our basic flavor preferences in wine, dinner choices we were considering, and a clear price range. Cora jumped on an Oregon Pinot Noir she thought would fit perfectly, explained a bit about the wine maker, the region, and why she thought it would be a nice choice with dinner. Jumping to the ending, Wow, just Wow! The wine was delicious, one I knew nothing about and would have skipped easily, and paired perfectly with our dinners.
    I left elated, no longer dreading a Somm encounter, but rather looking forward to them.

    My epiphany:
    - Engage a Somm whenever one is available and you’re not familiar with the wine list. They know the wine AND the food!
    - Describe, in whatever terms you’re comfortable, the flavors you enjoy in wine - especially in this moment.
    - Be honest and open about your price range. They want you to ENJOY your evening and wine - hard to do if you’re stressing over the price.
    - Ask questions and learn if so inclined. Every Somm I’ve met loves to share their knowledge and are pretty pumped to get the opportunity.


    Anyone else out there have Somm encounters or tips to share?
    Any Somms in our community?

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  • obiQsmoker
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    Whoa - thanks to ya’ll posting to this thread - just got my attention through the “Recent Posts” link.

    While I don’t consider myself a wine snob, I’m seriously a wine lover.

    After retiring, I took a couple of wine classes at a local college with a full wine program, learned tons, and got fired-up to the point I’m working part-time at the tasting room for one of Washington’s best/oldest wineries - DeLille Cellars. Having a blast, I learn something every single day, often from customers and of course our wine making team. Naturally, I’ve started a bit of a collection, mainly for two reasons: I’ve learned many wines benefit (get better - subjective) with some degree of cellaring, and it’s a way to stock-up on faves.

    Not intending to hijack the thread/topic, I do have a couple of topics I’d love to chat about - forthcoming.
    Last edited by obiQsmoker; July 15th, 2019, 11:58 PM.

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  • Greygoose
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    I pick up a bottle of 90+ Pinot noir from the Russian River Valley local now and again and I have to say some of the releases have been outstanding.
    You have to keep an eye on what lot you are drinking.

  • Richard Chrz
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    I am more of a white or Rosa for the middle summer months as well.

  • mountainsmoker
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    Wow didn't even know this subject even existed. My wife and I like our wines. Started collecting back in the 1970's and have a couple of Chateau Laffite Rothschild 1975 that are worth mucho. Our collection is about 200 bottles and our drinking wine is a heavy Merlot. Some fruit, tannic about 5 years old. An all around wine that goes well with beef, pork and lamb. Our white is a sauvignon blanc although a good Chablis can also work if we are out. I will take a Trokenberenauslese or Eisvien for dessert. During the 70's and 80's we belonged to a number of wine clubs as we moved around the country while I was in the Navy and finally settled down for grad school and work.

    My main suggestion is find a wine you like and enjoy it with what ever your eating. There are to many out there to try and taste at one time. If you want to learn more join a wine club. You will learn new words like terroir, brix, and others. They also usually do a flight tasting of a type of wine.
    Last edited by mountainsmoker; July 15th, 2019, 03:42 PM.

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  • klflowers
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    I know nothing about wine, so what did I do? Join the 3 quarterly bottle wine club at the GA winery in Ringgold, Ga. I need to pick up our next 3 bottles.

    Our first selection was a Merlot, a Chardonnay and a mixer for some Sangria. They were all pretty good.

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  • Huskee
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    While I like big bold tannic reds, wife & I really like a good minerally sauvignon blanc on hot days.

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  • Tim
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    I love this post. You are spot on about a merchant. And my cellar approach is similar to yours, although I have a lot of whites, too.

  • Attjack
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    I can't get enough Pinot Noir lately and have been keeping a few bottles, or even a box of rosé, chilled in the fridge for these sunny days.

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  • Tim
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    Boom!

  • Tim
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    Great call on the Nalle! Also, any and all zins from Ridge. Really any wines from Ridge.

  • Tim
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    If the wings are spicy a kabinett level German Riesling is perfect. Not too sweet but just enough to balance against the spice. I would avoid tannic reds.

  • Richard Chrz
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    My Parents brought over a 2005 Franciscan Cabernet that was amazing last night. I felt a little guilty drinking it after having 4 IPA's prior to it. I don't think I got even close to the full enjoyment out of it. But, if my dad wanted to open it, who am I to say. (It was just to hot out for a cab last night)
    Last edited by Richard Chrz; July 15th, 2019, 04:24 PM.

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  • Huskee
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    Thanks Tim. I've been more into whiskey lately than wine, (re-aging my own, also aging gin in used whiskey barrels, etc) but I value your thoughts in this thread. I will likely get back into wine more in time, sooner than later probably, I tend to be kind of phasey. I only have maybe 3 reds on hand right now, a cab or two and a petite sirah I think. I just can't drink a whole bottle when I want a glass or two, and wine doesn't store after being opened like whiskey.

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