SWIRLosopher Wine Blog

What Tiny Hamburgers Mean to Wine and Food Pairing

We could barely keep our hands off our food. But we waited for the man in the black chef coat to make his way to the center of the room. Fortunately, he was a man of few words. Fewer still, I suspect, if he had his way. But it was a social night – a […]

Working in Wine Takes Lots of Concentration

You remember Concentration, don’t you? It’s the precursor of the fancier, boxed Memory game. In Concentration, the player spreads an entire deck of Mom or Dad’s playing cards faced-down on a table. Then, the object of the game is to turn over two cards that match. I don’t remember being particularly good at Concentration when […]

Some Faults Are Good Things

A good friend of mine loves big, tannic red wines. (A wine with “ass,” as he’d so delicately put it.) He also likes it when the wine has an earthy, musty quality. He once described this quality as “basement like.” Now, many readers will know that “basement like” or a musty, cardboard smell is a […]

Why the Critics of Wine Certification Programs are Wrong.

The Internet is awash these days in opinions about everything the value of wine certification programs. Some people are for them. Some are against. But while some criticisms have merit, the most common one – that a “piece of paper” is nothing compared to real-life experience – is baffling. My initial response to this observation is: Well, duh. […]