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5 Chic Wine Accessories

5 Chic Wine Accessories

Great wine accessories are perfect additions to any party, and Rosehill Wine Cellars has a wonderful array of wine-related accoutrements to choose from. Wine bottle stoppers and pourers, drip rings, and wine thermometers are just a few. Sharing love of wine with fellow oenophiles is…

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Savor

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Savor

We’ve offered tips on seeing, smelling, sniffing, and sipping wine. Now, to savor the wine. A true mark of a connoisseur is the ability to evaluate the wine. Having a clean palate and making good use of your taste buds can help you make evaluations…

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Sniff

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Sniff

There are five steps to drinking wine like a connoisseur, and the first two were covered in Part 1 of this series – See and Swirl. The next “S” is to sniff the wine. This is truly an essential part of enjoying the flavors in a bottle of wine. We appreciate this step at Rosehill Wine Cellars because proper wine storage in a custom wine cellar or wine cabinet ensures that the aroma is a pleasant one. Custom wine cellars have wine cooling units that maintain the ideal atmosphere for wine storage. Among the top manufacturers we use to keep the right smell in the wine bottles are WhisperKOOL, Wine Guardian, Cellar Pro, and Koolspace KoolR.

Take in the aroma

glass of red wineThe nose has a profound effect on how we experience the taste of wine and foods. To truly focus on the aroma, close your eyes as your put your nose into the glass all the way. Breathe in deeply. Try to identify the scents you detect. If it’s red wine, you may pick up on cherries, tobacco, strawberries, or many other possible aromas. White wine often smells like lemons and other fresh scents, such as pineapple and many others. There is no way to fail the sniff test. At any given wine tasting, for example, if everyone writes down what they catch a whiff of, even ten different wine tasters may pick up on a different smell.

Significance of the sniff test

Ultimately what you’re doing with a sniff of your wine is you are preparing your brain for what your taste buds will soon experience. It enhances actually drinking the wine, to smell it attentively first.

One thing that could happen when you smell the wine is that you could pick up clues that the wine is “corked.” It means that you should probably choose a different bottle to drink. Corked wine has become contaminated with cork taint. The cause is a chemical compound called TCA or 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole. The aroma of corked wine is musty like wet dog, dank towels, or wet newspaper or cardboard.

Proper storage helps pass the smell test

The entire purpose of wine cellars and the use of reliable wine cooling units is to protect wine as it is stored, so that the taste is as the winemaker intended. If temperatures are too warm or if they fluctuate too frequently or if there isn’t the right humidity level, wine can be spoiled. Protecting wine is something you don’t need to worry about when your custom wine cellar or wine cabinet has a cooling unit by a manufacturer such as WhisperKOOL, Wine Guardian, Cellar Pro, or Koolspace KoolR.

Wine is a Secret to Living Maybe 100+ Years

Wine is a Secret to Living Maybe 100+ Years

Life is better with wine and it may add to your years. A centenarian in Maine, Florence Bearse, recently shared that her secret to a long life is drinking wine. For wine lovers everywhere, the good news is that research backs up that possibility. At…

Washington State Marries Wine Month with Uber

Washington State Marries Wine Month with Uber

Brand new for August 2017, the State of Washington celebrates its first ever Washington State Wine Month in partnership with Uber. The idea is to encourage wine lovers to have a pleasant and safe experience tasting wine throughout the greater Seattle area and indeed all…

Who are the Top Sommeliers in Toronto?

Who are the Top Sommeliers in Toronto?

Sommeliers and oenophiles at private wine clubs are part of the Toronto wine scene. The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) is a pan-Canadian association, which brings together individuals within the sommelier profession, restaurant services, and other sectors of the wine industry.  Here’s a link to CAPs member’s list. A number of local sommeliers were recently introduced in a spotlight on the up-and-coming wine professionals currently in charge of some of the most intriguing wine lists in Toronto.

Sommelier Wickens in Toronto

Choosing wine from a huge selection takes expertise
Exquisite Toronto restaurants carry hundreds of labels, and a sommelier is essential.

Chris Wickens is among the sommeliers in Toronto who received recent recognition for his distinctive work; he offers expertise on wine selections at La Banane in Toronto. The classic French restaurant carries wines for every taste and takes special pains to put the fizz front and center, partly due to Wickens’ particular interests. He expressed his delight at seeing Toronto make thoughtful, exquisite Champagne selections. He has spent considerable time in the vineyards of Chablis and Burgundy and gives an occasional nod to the Ontario wine region, though he has a personal focus on Old World wines.

Wine and Food Pairings by McHugh

At Toronto’s renowned Actinolite restaurant, general manager and somm Merrin McHugh finds the work of pairing food with the changing menu to be an ongoing challenge. Which wines pair best with the vegetable harvests of each season? With meats taking a backseat to veggies on the menu, fresh, light, high-acid wines are often the best with a range of entrees. In summer, her wine list is dominated by Ontario wines, though she also selects more complex wines from places such as the Canary Islands, Sicily, and Slovenia.

Oben, at a Restaurant with a Wide Selection

Sommelier Krysta Oben works at Byblos, a Toronto restaurant serving Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. The wine list she has to offer guests is quite broad. She says that it achieves a balance of Bordeaux, California cabernets, and relatively new wine regions, such as Greece and Lebanon. She is manager of an extensive wine cellar and enjoys matching guests with the wines that perfectly complement their meals. This is, of course, what sommeliers do!

Get Your Toronto Wine Cellar

Rubbing shoulders with the likes of such wine professionals as these and others in the Toronto area, it’s easy to join in with the love of wine. The first thing a wine collector needs is an atmosphere with the right attributes for protecting wine. Contact us at Rosehill Wine Cellars for your own custom wine cellar or wine cabinet, complete with a high-quality wine cooling unit, such as the ones available from Wine Guardian.