by Suds Sister There's a chill in the air, and with it, the predictable Portland rains have started. While we are not quite ready for winter warmers yet, we can ease into the season with Oktoberfest beers. Oktoberfest in Munich started last Saturday and will run until October 3rd. Six million people attend this … [Read more...] about Fall for Oktoberfest Beers
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Food Dude Article #10 By Ken Collura Every year, I try to assess the goals I've set for myself as a sommelier and whether they are being achieved. I know most people do this around New Year's Day, but August is just as good. So now is the time to reaffirm a couple of these resolutions, my raison d'etre, so to … [Read more...] about Reaffirmations – as a Sommelier, How Am I Doing?
By Suds Sister I have a confession to make: I have grown to love what most people find repugnant. It's not as though I have a girly palate. I'm a hoppy girl at heart, swilling Imperial IPAs with enough IBUs to take the enamel off your teeth, slap you across the face and say, "I'm Rick James, bitch." Ballsy, … [Read more...] about Pucker up! – About Sour Beers
30 years ago, a blind tasting was held comparing French and California wines. At that time, France was defeated after French judges decided the wines from California were superior. From the BBC News, "The result was seen as a blow to French national pride and shocked the country's wine industry." Now the contest has … [Read more...] about Wine Competition Pits France Versus USA
I have this memory from when I was a teenager. I had developed an insatiable appetite for Mandarin oranges. You know the kind, the ones that come in a can covered in sweet syrup. I would pop them open and devour one after the other. Then one day, after about four of these cans, I became quite ill, somewhat … [Read more...] about Small Wines – Suggestions for Good, Everyday Drinking Wines
Customers often say to me, “You must really love your job. But I’m not sure exactly that you do?” So with that in mind, I’ve decided to outline my perception of what a sommelier is, and what he/she should be expected to do. Basically, I dispense hedonism for a living. I bring wines, great and small, to thirsty … [Read more...] about So you’re a Sommelier?
My first column of the year is on Champagne. I know you’re thinking, “What kind of a ninny does an article on Champagne AFTER the biggest Champagne-drinking day of the year?” Well, this kind of ninny does. That’s because I don’t believe that Champagne is only a wine for celebrations a few nights per year, and it … [Read more...] about No ‘Pagne, No Gain – All About Champagne
Ken Collura has been around the wine scene for many years. His bio is rather impressive: a syndicated columnist for over five years (printed on the east coast in Tampa and Richmond and in Taos, NM.,) and writes for the trade magazines Cheers (on the Editorial Advisory Board) and Sante on a regular basis. Prior to … [Read more...] about Wine Descriptions – Terms Wine Writers Use