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Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Knowledge Can Improve A Wine’s Taste
This is a story of the chicken and the egg. Which came first? Which one is more important? I pondered this conundrum after a benefit...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Most Hedonistic Time Of The Year
Oooh yeah! Thanksgiving is here and, as you may know, it is my favorite holiday of the year. I think it is the most hedonistic...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Mixed Message: Phones At Wine Dinners
So I am hosting a wine dinner at one of our local Italian restaurants, and between courses I notice that almost everyone is tapping away...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Next Generation Of Master Sommeliers
I think the wine service in Hawaii just got better over the past three days. Yes, almost overnight, the knowledge, service standards and abilities of...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Sommelier’s Brewing Love Of Beer
My wife noticed that I have been drinking more beer lately. I know that the name of this column is Vino Sense and that I...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Pairing Wines With The Best Of Sicily
Someone in the wine business once told me, “You go to France for the wine and to Italy for the food.” I immediately thought that...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Don’t Overlook Washington State Wines
Everyone is looking for the next breakthrough grape or wine region on the planet. Importers scour distant continents to find some really cool, tasty and...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // An Evening Of Passion For Burgundy
Have I ever mentioned that I love Burgundy? It is the wine region closest to my heart and my palate. And every once in a...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Reason We’re Called ‘Master’
“Is it good for the wine industry?” That is the question that sparked a lively debate recently while I was in Napa Valley. The “it”...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Benefits Of Blind Tasting
As a Master Sommelier, blind tasting is a subject that comes up often, and this is not the first time I have written about it....

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Master Sommelier’s Blushing Moments
This week’s column is a little difficult for me to write. In fact, I debated quite some time before deciding to go forward with it....

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Dream Wine Tasting For Oenophiles
There are wine tastings, and then there are I-can’t-sleep-the-night-before-because-I-am-so-excited-and-would-give-my-left-kidney-just-to-get-into-it wine tastings. That is the kind of tasting that took place this Sept. 7 at Halekulani...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Introducing Wines: Fun And Lame
I have been debating whether to write about this or not, so please forgive me. Introducing wines at wine dinners looks glamorous and fun. It...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Grower Champagnes, Champagne Houses
Oh how I looooove Champagne! I was reminded of just how much today as I led a tasting of some of the best “Grower” Champagnes...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // See You At Hawaii Food And Wine Festival
So I am standing on the beach with sand in my toes, a wonderful glass of wine in my hand and watching an amazing fireworks...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Red Wine Rules, Even In The Islands
Many people assume that because our Hawaii Regional Cuisine has plenty of seafood and many different spices, including those sweet and spicy – all the...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Tricks To Uncorking Really Old Wines
I truly am blessed to be able to taste many wines that are as old (or maybe I should say as young) as I am....

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Opening A 1934 Latour, And Much More
I just attended one the most over-the-top wine tastings of the year. For me, that is saying a lot, and I mean it whole-heart-edly. One...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Dream Evening Of ‘Cult Cabernets’
I would be nothing in my wine career without the generosity of friends who share their great wines with me. And I was blessed to...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Blending Adds Complexity To Wines
Have you ever had a wine and thought, “I think this would taste better if they added some Cabernet into it”? Have you ever wondered...


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