Essays


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Jan 13

The Veneto: 101

We have been exploring the Tre Venezie on Wine Soaked starting with Trentino- Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Guilia, and today we are going to explore the most well know of this trio of wine regions that surround the city of Venice, that is The Veneto. Some people love this region’s wine for its complexity and some […]


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Nov 12

Spirit Lab: Gin

As the holidays are approaching, I am going to feature the history of classic spirits to provide a better love and understanding for these products. I decided what better spirit to start with then the first one I ever enjoyed drinking all by itself: Gin.   Historical Time Line: 1550 -16oo-Dutch professor of medicine Dr. […]


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Oct 12

Friuli Wine Show

Friuli Wine Facts: Years of wine production: Before the phylloxera epidemic, the winemaking history of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia was strongly influenced by the Byzantine Empire’s trading routes to the trading center of Venice. During the Middle Ages, travelers passing through this area brought grapevines from Macedonia and Anatolia. Under the Hapsburg reign, the French grape varieties were […]


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Oct 12

Drinking Inside The Box

I am aware that boxed wine has a stigma, and based on some examples that are out there it is with good cause. However, I would like to help tip the scales in the other direction, as the technology is great!!! And the value is amazing… especially if you use wine when you cook. I have been […]


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Oct 12

Texas Wine Show:

Texas Wine Facts: Years of wine industry: 1650-present Total area: 261,797 square miles (678,051 km2) Size of planted vineyards: 3,200 acres (1,295 ha) Grapes produced: Aglianico Blanc du Bois Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Carignane Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Gewurztraminer Grenache Lenoir Malbec Merlot Montepulciano Mourvedre Muscadine Muscat Canelli Mustang Noble Norton Orange Muscat Palomino Petit Verdot […]


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Sep 12

Sara Kay’s Top 10 Cellar Management Tips

1.       Less Is More: There are many schools of thought as to the proper system of cellar management. After working in many cellars with many different teams of people, they only constant I have found is that there are no finite rules. The best thing to do is to figure out what your organizational style […]


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Sep 12

Sara Kay’s Top 10 Service Tips

I have always believed that good customer service is the most important part of any successful business. This is especially true in the food service industry, because your Chef may be amazing, your wine list may be to die for, but if the customers are treated poorly they will not come back & will most […]


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Sep 12

Chardonnay… It’s Not Just Cougar Juice

 I have never been a big fan of clubs or cliques  as I feel like they limit people  from amazing experiences… and there is one such club in the wine world that DRIVES ME NUTS!!! That is the ABC Club, AKA the Anything But Chardonnay Club. I am going to say it: I am a Sommelier […]


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Jan 12

The War of Wine and Rosé

                I realize that to most of the wine world this may seem a funny time of the year for me to write an article on rosé, but that is precisely why I am doing it.  Rosé is perhaps my over all favorite style of wine, especially when it comes to food pairing.  I will […]