Kris Chislett

Fulcrum “Floodgate Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma.

Grapes 100% Pinot Noir   Facts Good Pinot Noir is hard to find. Actually that’s an understatement. Good Pinot is a NIGHTMARE to find, and when you do find it you end up paying a premium. Sure, you can find Pinot for under $15 retail; but to be absolutely truthful, they generally don’t do the grape justice. I’m not saying that you ALWAYS have to spend upwards of $50 on a bottle (the price of…

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A Quick Soiree with Andrew Lazorchak.

What is your position with Soiree? I am the co-owner and managing partner for SoireeHome. How did you come to be involved with Soiree? Soiree was conceived of over a few different nights at a wine bar that I designed for my, now, business partners but prior long time family friends.   I was an architect at that time, with a focus on architectural branding.  After some discussions at the wine bar and looking at all…

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Everything You Should EVER Need to Know about Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau.

  What is Beaujolais? Beaujolais [Boe-zjoh-lay] is a red wine made from a grape called Gamay. Yup! That’s where we already hit our first hurdle! There is no Beaujolais grape, contrary to what most people assume Beaujolais to be made from. This is always where consumers get confused, not just with Beaujolais, but with French wines in general i.e. between the grape and the region the wine comes from. By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is…

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What I’ve Been Working On…

Have you noticed my posts have been a little “sporadic” lately? ”No…I haven’t actually.”Well, you suck and you need to spend more time here then! “Yes, I was wondering what all that was about!!! I’ve been tearing my hair out!!! What’s happening?!?!?”Good to know you care! Don’t be concerned though! I’m not going anywhere…quite the opposite in fact! Here’s what’s been occupying my time over the last few months: Speaking Engagements Early next year I’ve…

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My Story: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Version.

In the average week I can’t even count the number of times I get asked where I’m from, how I came to end up in this country, how I met my wife, and how I got into wine. I therefore did what any rational person would do, and set my life story to the beat of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Now I can just direct them to this post and all will become…

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Saladini Pilastri “Vigna Monteprandone," Rosso Piceno Superiore, Marches, Italy.

Grapes 70% Montepulciano, 30% Sangiovese.   Facts “Excuse me…yes, hello! This is my first time in your wine store and I was wondering if you could help me. I read this review online today written by this delightful Englishman and I was hoping you know it. The wine is: Saladini Pilastri ‘Vigna Monteprandone,’ Rosso Piceno Superiore from Marches, Italy. Do you have it?”  The name of this wine doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, now…

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What Entitles YOU to be a Critic!?!?

From the beginning of this year my wine teaching slowly began to skew “offline,” since I started instructing an 11 week wine class to culinary students at the local Art Institute. It’s certainly been a wake-up call for me. I never really thought teaching would ever be listed on my resume, and even though it’s only a part-time class, it’s really opened my eyes as to how wine drinkers palates evolve….but more importantly, how so…

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Taking the World Cork by Cork: Wine Cork Art by Conrad Engelhardt.

The next time you uncork a bottle of vino, you may want to revaluate throwing out the cork. At least, that’s how wine cork artist Conrad Engelhardt got his start! He decided that the humble wine cork deserved a “second lease on life” Engelhardt uses up-to 5,000 wine corks to create one of his masterpieces; which bearing in mind that he’s a fellow Brit, probably takes him at least…oh, I don’t know….about a week of…

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