Kris Chislett

Malolactic Fermentation Explained

Malolactic Fermentation is a secondary fermentation in the winemaking process which converts harsh malic acid (think bitter green apples) into softer lactic acid (think cream). To use Chardonnay as an example; putting the wine through Malolactic Fermentation will convert a wine with tart Granny Smith apple acidity into a wine with softer, creamy and buttery flavors. The vast majority of red wines and a large number of whites go through Malolactic Fermentation  to enhance their…

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Zagat Outakes – 2010 Fast-Food Edition

I just realized in the transition from my old website to this one I forgot to upload this post… Zagat recently published their 2010 Fast-Food Restaurant Survey. These are some of the comments that didn’t quite make the cut. “I ate at Jack in the Box before they killed some people. They practiced on me, saw I only got viciously sick to my stomach, so they knew they had to crank it up a notch.”…

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A Recap of 2010 with I WearYourShirt.com

It’s Jan 1st 2011 and I’m taking the day off and letting someone else do the work for a change! Nov 21st 2010 was my 30th birthday and also the launch of my BlogYourWine.com site, so what better way to celebrate than having a couple of guys who wear t-shirts for a living promote both!?!?! No I’m not drunk!!! Jason Sadler started IWearYourShirt.com in 2009 with the basic premise being that (along with Evan White)…

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Wine Review of Darcie Kent “Crown Block” Merlot 2008

Grape 100% Merlot   Facts Merlot is believed to have received its name from an old French word meaning “young blackbird”. (Merle is the French word for several kinds of birds). Two components link the Merlot grape with blackbirds, the first being the grape’s dark blue color, and the second being the bird’s liking for the grape. The earliest recorded mention of the Merlot grape was in 1784, but the French were obviously growing it…

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Cupcake Vineyards “Bake It Up” Sweepstakes!

  You are invited to enter for your chance to win a gourmet dinner and private blending session for 20 people with winemaker Adam Richardson. The winner and their guests will help Bake Up the next award winning Cupcake Vineyards Wine. Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to bake anything to enter! All you have to do is fill out a very short entry form for a chance to win. Click here for the entry…

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My Christmas Day Feast – A Photo Journal

Here is a short but sweet photo journal of how I spent my Christmas Day!   I’ll let you take one guess as to who is sat at the place setting with the oversized wine glass!   Last year was duck, the year before was lamb, this year I opted for Prime Rib. Simple recipe: take fresh thyme, rosemary, sage, horseradish sauce, salt, pepper and melted butter; stick it all in a blender and puree…

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Wine Review of Cardinal Zin 2008

Grape 100% Zinfandel   Facts You might have seen the Cardinal Zin before with a different label. Cardinal Zin used to be a Bonny Doon project, but was acquired by Underdog Wine Merchants back in 2006.   In their own words; “Underdog Wine Merchants is the champion of the more interesting, albeit sometimes misunderstood or under-appreciated wines and wine styles. In a word…the “underdogs” of the wine world.” Underdog isn’t just a wine importer, they…

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What Ever Happened to Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher?

It’s been a year ago today since we lost Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher. No they didn’t die, but the wine community did lose two of the most respected wine writers in the industry. Wall Street Journal wine columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher ended their column on December 26th 2009 and parted ways with the newspaper after 12 years, the husband-and-wife team announced their departure at the end of their Christmas Day…

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Lobsters and Cupcakes!

Lobsters and cupcakes, I think I can die now… Lobster’s on Christmas Eve is kind a of tradition, and it’s a tradition that I have no problem maintaining! Every Christmas Eve is the same, we have a small family get together where fresh lobsters play a starring role. With me being the Sommelier in the family I’m obviously in charge or bringing the wine. Now, when it comes to any kind of wine pairing, you…

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