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Vino Sense // Give Us Dates!
By now you know that I am an avid Champagne lover. Who isn’t? And one of the hotly debated topics of conversation in the sommelier/critic...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Sharing A Passion For The Wine Life
I never thought that when I got into the wine business back in 1997 and started studying for the Master Sommelier’s exam that I would...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Pairing Wine With Delicious Vegan Food
I am not a vegan, but I do love really good vegan food. Perhaps my favorite restaurant for vegan fare is Greens & Vines. If...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Wines To Complement July 4 Barbecues
Fourth of July again is upon us, and I am looking forward to many weekend festivities. The summer weather has been beautiful, and I can...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // World-class Wines For The World Cup
I had a bout of the flu last week, so I was bedridden for a bit. Not the best of times, but I did get...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Delicious Examples Of Wines Without Oak
Surfing without a surf-board may seem foreign to many, especially those who did not grow up around the ocean. But it does exist: It is,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Objectivity In Wine Tasting?
Can tasting wine be completely objective? As a trained wine taster, I am supposed to say yes, and yet I struggle with this question because...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Cultural, Sensual Sharing Of Wine
I think most of us agree that when we open a special bottle of wine, we try to save it for the right moment and...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Silver Oak And Twomey Cellars Preview
I recently was privileged to attend a preview tasting of the upcoming releases of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars. These wines are not yet on...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Pairing Cigars And Wines (And Food Too)
A cigar and wine pairing is not exactly ideal. Or is it? For me the two rarely go together. If ever I have a cigar,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Crazy, Lazy, Wine-silly Days Of Summer
Summer is almost here, and I’m feeling a bit crazy! Not crazy mean, but crazy silly. I don’t know if it is that glass of...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Taste Of Greek History For Oenophiles
I have come to expect that learning about wine has much to do with history. This day I am immersed in the history of an...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Wonderful Decadence In Portland
You can bet your wine cellar that when you get almost 30 Master Sommeliers from around the country in one place, we are going to...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Discovering Quality Wines At Every Price
Many wine critics believe that we are living through a “golden age” of wine. There are so many great wines in almost every price category....

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Wine Experiences While Traveling
There are great wine experiences to be enjoyed when traveling. You might have found your favorite Chianti from a carafe in Florence. Perhaps an unforgettable...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // So Many Questions For Great Vintners
If time travel were possible, where would you go to and to what time? Isn’t that a tantalizing thought? I often taste wines made by...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Showcasing Italy’s Fine Wines: Salute!
I can’t remember who told me: “You go to France for the wine and to Italy for the food.” Whoever said it obviously hasn’t tried...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Chianti: Tasting Tuscany In A Glass
For those fortunate enough to have been to Tuscany and Florence, the word Chianti can bring back great memories. Tuscany’s countryside is like no other....

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Dose Of Reality For Wine Enthusiasts
What would I do with myself if I ever hurt or killed someone while driving under the influence of alcohol? It is a sobering thought,...

MidWeek Staff
Vino Sense // California Drought’s Effect On Vineyards
“Waiwai” in Hawaiian means “rich” or “valuable.” It has the connotations of wealth. “Wai” also is the Hawaiian word for “water.” One of the essential...

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