Bordeaux 2014 was a challenging year, 2015 vintage is the blessed one. Should you overloook the 14’s for cellar purposes? No, the beauty is to find the best producers. How do you do that tasting blind? At the end you compare the 2014-2015 lists and check your 10% best scores to see if some Château
« Expose yourself to the best things that humans have done, and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing » Steve Jobs -Abstract- Richard Sagala’s wine journey begins with an analogy game involving wine and the sound of musical instruments, the meeting of a classical musician with a passion for gastronomy, to Paris
Monday, 04 December 2017 by Webmaster
by Richard Sagala Gravner wines: Are orange wines game changers or Hyperprism? Josko Gravner is an Italian producer from the Friuli region. Mr. Gavner created a reputation for himself from a radical winemaking technique that he has espoused (amphora) and the original wines that he produces, the so called orange wines. By the way, Orange
Sunday, 26 November 2017 by Webmaster
Richard Sagala, in contex (Friuli, Barolo and Venice) is tasting Italian native wine grapes for the Cellar Management program of the IMBA. Italy produces many original wines that are worth cellaring. In Vino Veritas!
In Verdicchio Veritas! by Richard Sagala Italy August 2017, in the elegant new facilities of Sartarelli I experienced a vertical tasting of a rather special wine: the Sartarelli Balciana. A word about the new Saltarelli building: it is an airy and natural light filled small building hosting an original museum dedicated to the glory of
In focus, by Richard Sagala Tiberio Fonte Canale 2015 This crisp wine comes from the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is crafted from 100% Trebbiano Abruzzese 58 years old vines grown under a canopy training system (see picture of Cristiana Tiberio under the canopy). How does it taste? Acacia flowers on the nose plus mandarine
In focus, by Richard Sagala KRUG 2000 –Gourmandise orageuse – Stormy indulgence This how the producer calls this wine: “Gourmandise orageuse – Stormy indulgence” Does “stormy indulgence” sounds a bit over the top to you? Well, I should add that “Gourmandise orageuse” in French sounds even worse to me… so lets leave it there please.
Saturday, 05 August 2017 by Webmaster
In Focus, by Richard Sagala Château des Bachelards, (Magnum), Le Clos 2014 Above is a 19th century print showing a French wine growing property, Les Bachelards, located in Burgundy, more specifically in Fleurie, one of the ten Beaujolais Crus (first growths). One can see the wall connected to the main house behind which vines were grown and
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 by Webmaster
Montréal, July 5th 2017: Partnership announcement between ALFRED Sommelier and CEWECM-IMBA. CEWECM-IMBA, the Centre of Excellence in Wine Education and Cellar Management of the International Montreal Butler Academy will be partnering this Fall with ALFRED Sommelier, an Expert Software System and cellar management company. CEWECM-IMBA was created in 2017 by Richard Sagala Wine MBA, the owner of the International Montreal Butler Academy. Richard Sagala and
In Focus, by Alain Cloutier Poggio Antico 1985 Brunello di Montalcino Tasted recently, here is a very nice bottle! This great Tuscan wine demonstrates once again the ageing potential for this terroir surrounding the village of Montalcino. Made from a clone of sangiovese named Brunello, this 1985 surprised by its color still intense, without marked
In Focus, by Richard Sagala 2nd of July 2017 A quality champagne, powerful and from a good vintage to boot. Surprisingly, the wine shows signs of evolution (oxydative character). It has the pastry shop aromatics but, where is the fruit? I am questioning the storage conditions of the retailer. So I reserve my judgement and
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 by Webmaster
10! link PS: Would you apply for a butler posting @ Darlington not knowing about cellar management ?