Biltmore Estate Chardonnay Sur Lies 2008

Grape 87% Chardonnay, 5% Viognier, 3% Malvasia   Facts The wine is named “Sur Lies” (pronounced lees), after the dead yeast cells (lies) which settle to the bottom of fermentation tanks. If these cells are agitated (usually by the winemaker stirring the vat), the wine will take on some of the qualities of the yeasts, giving additional richness, complexity and a toasty quality. Only one third of the wine that goes into the final blend…

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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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Interview with Winemaker Jon Bolta from Conundrum Winery

On Saturday October 2nd I drove down to Orlando to attend the Conundrum wine blending seminar with winemaker Jon Bolta, the Epcot Food and Wine Fest and the Party for the Senses, ALL IN ONE DAY!  Needless to say, I was exhausted by the end of it all, but I did manage to catch 5 minutes with Conundrum winemaker Jon Bolta… Kris Chislett: How long have you been with Conundrum? Jon Bolta: About 30 years….

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