Grape Profile

SIPS WITH SPENCER – TEN GRAPES TO KNOW IS THE ULTIMATE WINE GUIDE

SIPS WITH SPENCER – TEN GRAPES TO KNOW IS THE ULTIMATE WINE GUIDE

Sips with Spencer Catherine Fallis’s book, Ten Grapes to Know is the ultimate wine guide Get to know the grapes you’ve been drinking with the popular wine read, Ten Grapes to Know. KGO TV ABC 7   Saturday, June 1, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — As the fifth woman in the world to earn the […]

A MASTER SOMMELIER’S ROSE WINE PICKS

A MASTER SOMMELIER’S ROSE WINE PICKS

  PRIME WOMEN A Master Sommelier’s Rose Wine Picks   Home Entertainment Food and Wine A Master Sommelier’s Rose Wine Picks Share Food and Wine A Master Sommelier’s Rose Wine Picks Catherine Fallis Fri May 31 It’s time for beach wine! Many folks I know drink Rose wine year round, but summer is peak season […]

GRAPE GODDESS GIVES GRAPE GUIDE – WINE OH TV

GRAPE GODDESS GIVES GRAPE GUIDE – WINE OH TV

Master Sommelier Reveals 3 Wine Grapes You Must Know (VIDEO) Grape Goddess Gives Grape Guide Looking for an all inclusive, easy to understand, wine guide? We have found the perfect wine book that will help you easily expand your wine expertise! Meet a Master Sommelier who wants you to have what she’s having. Catherine Fallis […]

LODI ZINFANDEL – A GRAPE TO KNOW

LODI ZINFANDEL – A GRAPE TO KNOW

June 28, 2019 | Randy Caparoso Summary of nearly an entire chapter devoted to Lodi Zinfandel by Catherine Fallis MS in her book Ten Grapes to Know Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis leading a wine tasting at 2019 ZinFest Wine School Many have called for it, but few have earned it. That is, the coveted title […]

CELEBRATE SAUVIGNON BLANC WINE

CELEBRATE SAUVIGNON BLANC WINE

Food and Wine Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Wine Catherine Fallis Tue Apr 30 Each year Sauvignon Blanc Day (#sauvblanc) is celebrated on the first Friday in May. That makes it May 3rd this year. (grape goddess says “so vin yon blahnk”. Repeat after me. “so vin yon blahnk”.) As that day begins in New Zealand so […]

CALIFORNIA WINE CELEBRATION

CALIFORNIA WINE CELEBRATION

San Mateo Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30 PM $95.00 Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis and Chef Kara Robinson Taste five California wines and explore their geography and complexity alongside food pairings. Catherine Fallis is the only person in the world to hold both the Master Sommelier and Advanced Certified Wine Professional credentials. Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc—warm […]

REDISCOVERING THE PLEASURE OF NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANC

REDISCOVERING THE PLEASURE OF NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANC

by Liz Thach, MW New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine is famous around the world for its tropical flavors of kiwi, mango and refreshing grapefruit finish. However, when visiting New Zealand several years ago, I was pleased to be able to taste many of the other white wine varieties they produce, such as exquisitely dry Rieslings, […]

ARAGON’S CROWN JEWEL – CARINENA

ARAGON’S CROWN JEWEL – CARINENA

Cariñena has the distinction of being a town, an appellation and a grape: a tight trio nestled in the Ebro Valley of Aragón midway between Barcelona and Madrid. It became a D.O.P.  (Denominación de Origen Protegida) in 1932 making it one of the oldest officially recognized regions in Spain. Cariñena is the only region in […]

BEYOND SAUVIGNON BLANC – PRIME TIME FOR PINOT NOIR IN NEW ZEALAND

BEYOND SAUVIGNON BLANC – PRIME TIME FOR PINOT NOIR IN NEW ZEALAND

Beyond Sauvignon Blanc – Prime Pinot Noir Time in New Zealand Catherine Fallis April 19, 2017 Food and Wine I love former West End actor Oz Clarke’s description of New Zealand’s brash, pungent Sauvignon Blanc, an iconic style created by Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. He calls it a “cloudburst, thrilling, shocking, lime zest, capsicum, love […]

COOL COASTAL SIPPER

COOL COASTAL SIPPER

I like to say that Albariño is Miguel Migs. If you know music, you know this is the cool dude who mixes it up for the dance clubs in SoMa, San Francisco. With notes of apple, pear, lemon, lemon rind and toasted almond, tropical fruit, and occasionally, a vein of chalky minerality, this delicious, dry, […]

AUSTRIA’S WALTZING VARIETAL

AUSTRIA’S WALTZING VARIETAL

February/March 2016 The SOMM Journal planet grape by Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF RIESLING Benchmark old world Riesling is one of the world’s great vinous treasures, and Austria delivers it in spades. Supremely intense, rich, pungent and dry, quite different from the lacy, low alcohol, delicate, minerally, acidic […]

WHERE VIOGNIER SHINES

WHERE VIOGNIER SHINES

October/November 2016 The SOMM Journal planet grape by Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis THE ANCIENT GRAPE IS AT ITS BEST IN CONDRIEU AND SOUTH WEST FRANCE Viognier (vee oh nyay) was grown in the Northern Rhone during the Roman Empire. When the Romans were forced out of Gaul in the 5th Century, the vines remained uncultivated […]

BONNY DOON VINEYARD PRESENTS ‘GRAPETIONARY A-Z’

BONNY DOON VINEYARD PRESENTS ‘GRAPETIONARY A-Z’

Press Release Charles Communications Associates San Francisco Wednesday October 5, 2016   Taste 26 wines representing each letter of the alphabet from A-Z at Bonny Doon’s Popelouchum Estate Vineyard in San Juan Bautista Saturday, October 29, 2016   WHAT Swirl, Sniff, Savor. Repeat x 26.   Bonny Doon proprietor Randall Grahm invites you to stroll […]

AUSTRIA’S WALTZING VARIETAL – THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF RIESLING

AUSTRIA’S WALTZING VARIETAL – THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF RIESLING

Planet Grape  The SOMM Journal February/March 2016 Benchmark old world Riesling is one of the world’s great vinous treasures, and Austria delivers it in spades. Supremely intense, rich, pungent and dry, quite different from the lacy, low alcohol, delicate, minerally, acidic and lightly to very sweet German Rieslings, and the corpulent, tangy, often sweet Alsatian […]

THE MONK’S ELIXIR – Unique Sagrantino DOCG is Ripe for Discovery

THE MONK’S ELIXIR – Unique Sagrantino DOCG is Ripe for Discovery

Planet Grape  The SOMM Journal  October November 2015 While tourists flock to artistic, medieval Perugia and Assisi, landlocked Umbria’s bucolic green rolling hills provide idyllic growing conditions for spicy olives, lentils, wheat and spelt, and the tartufo nero (black truffle) di Norcia. Black pigs roam the verdant hills and lush forests, along with deer, sheep and cows. […]

Albarino

Albarino

I like to say that Albariño is Miguel Migs. If you know music, you know this is the cool dude who mixes it up for the dance clubs in SoMa, San Francisco. With notes of apple, pear, lemon, lemon rind and toasted almond, tropical fruit, and occasionally, a vein of chalky minerality, this delicious, dry, […]

Xinomavro

Xinomavro

Greece is home to some of the world’s most interesting grape varieties. For over 4,000 years, the rich, spicy red wines of the relatively frigid Macedonia region, especially those of Naoussa, have been highly regarded. Legend has it that Semele, mother of Dionysus—the Greek god of wine and fertility—called the area home. Established in 1972, […]

Zinfandel

Zinfandel

Many of the benchmark wines, role models for the world at large, are in France. While not American in origin, it is only here that zinfandel has excelled. Today the best zinfandels in the world are, without a doubt coming from the state of California. Possibly migrating from Greece, it turns out that Zinfandel is […]

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most ubiquitous red var­iety in the world. Bordeaux is its heartland, but up­starts in Napa Valley, California, Tuscany and South Australia are staking a claim. As a point of reference, Cabernet Sauvignon is the offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The patriarch of Bordeaux, even though it is outplanted by […]

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a very old variety believed to have origins in South West France. It is the overlooked parent (along with Sauvignon Blanc) of Cabernet Sauvignon, and is used quite often inBordeauxblends. It is, along with Merlot, the dominant grape of St. Emilion, on the right bank of Bordeaux, and produces one of the […]

Malbec

Malbec

Malbec, one of the five varieties used in red Bordeaux, is thought to have originated in South West France, though in Cahors, the appellation it is most famous for today, the local name is Auxerrois, suggesting origins in Northern Burgundy. The grape is sensitive to frost, downy mildew, and rot, and has therefore come to […]

Merlot

Merlot

Chateau Le Pin, arguably the world’s most expensive wine, is a Merlot. Who knew? Merlot, reportedly named after the ”merle” bird which eats the grapes, is a major player in Bordeaux, where it is actually the most widely planted red varietal and responsible for its priciest wines. Merlot comes to the fore in the Right […]

Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend

In France, where wines are labeled not by their grape type but by recognized geographical origin (appellation), the various grapes grown in that area are conveniently grouped by “family” or “blend.” Thus, a “Rhone blend” is made up of the typical grapes grown in that area. The Bordeaux blend family members are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet […]

Mourvedre

Mourvedre

Mourvèdre is originally fromSpain – Murviedro was a town nearValencia-and is today the country’s second most planted red varietal after Garnacha. Known now as Monastrell (or, less commonly, BAlmansa,Valencia,Alicante, Jumilla, and Yecla onSpain’s southeastern Mediterranean coast. obal), it is the principal grape of In France, it is the mainstay of the red and rosé wines […]