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Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // So What’s Wrong With Riesling?
If Burgundy and Champagne did not exist, my favorite wine would be German Riesling. Several years ago I wrote a piece extolling the virtues of...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Suspecting Subversive Palate-washing
Brainwashing is any tactic – psychological or otherwise – that can be seen as subverting an individual’s sense of control over their own thinking, behavior,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Sparkling, Luxurious, Sexy Champagne
Ahem, just a friendly reminder to all male readers: This is Valentine’s Day week. Yes, flowers are nice, but shiny and sparkly things always take...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Delving Into The Wine Regions Of France
This is a continuation of my last column with more impressions of current vintages from some of the classical growing regions of France. As hard...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Touring Wine-growing Regions Of France
I have just returned from almost two weeks of traveling throughout most of the classical wine-growing regions of France. I have plenty to write about,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Andre Bregeon Redefines Muscadet
Forget everything you know about Muscadet. Not that Muscadet is actually a household name, but that is what I had to tell myself after having...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Few Words On Wine-tasting Etiquette
It has been some time since I wrote about wine tasting or wine dinner etiquette, so this is a good time for a refresher. Some...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // How ‘Clean’ Do You Like Your Wines?
I asked my son to clean his room the other day. After a few minutes, he came to tell me he was done. I went...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Exciting And Sobering 2013 Predictions
Happy New Year! It’s time again for my predictions in wine and food for the new year. This is going to be another exciting year...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Naughty And Nice In The Wine World
Merry Christmas! I appointed myself Santa’s personal wine assistant. And as such I was able to take a look at the wine industry’s Naughty and...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Plying Opus One, Playing The Red Violin
Not all wine dinners are created equal. There are some good ones, some great ones – and then there are the unforgettable ones. I was...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Fine Line Between Sweet And Dry Wine
The boundaries between dry and sweet wines are much more blurred today than I can remember. Moscato d’Asti is the rage, and sweet red wines...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Bubbling Over With Love For Champangne
The holiday season is in full swing, and if you’re like me there will be Champagne flowing at every party that you attend. Champagne is...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Some Best And Worst Wine Experiences
I’ve recently been asked about the extremes of oenophilia that I have experience through my career, so I thought I would share them here. *...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Perfect Pairings With Thanksgiving Dinner
This is Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Christmas is more important, but Thanksgiving does-n’t come with the same stress that...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Amazing Changes In The World Of Wine
I just finished teaching the introductory course for the Court of Master Sommeliers along with three fellow Masters, and I am amazed at how quickly...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Tales Of An Accidental Sommelier
I would like to think that everyone has a seminal moment or epiphany in their lives when they realize just what they want to do...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Frightening News In The Wine Industry
Halloween is here, and I was thinking about the bloodiest, gutsy red wines that I could recommend. But that sounded too ordinary and run-of-the-mill. Any...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Varied Nuances Of Oak In Wine
I was sitting next to a campfire on the beach after a day of playing in the sand and water. The fire’s smoke wafted this...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Challenging Wine Pairing Scenarios
There are some questions that have no right answer. Like when a wife asks a husband, “Do you know what happened to the last cupcake...


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