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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Natural Wine Tasting: some pieces of advices to enjoy the wine and not keep a bad memory of these wines

Dear all,

I recently had a bad experience giving a white card to a sommelier in a restaurant.

The sommelier came back with a natural wine (without sulfur). No problem up to that point. Problem came when my family started the tasting: strange color, nose and taste...and the inevitable question arised: is the wine faulty seb?!

Problem is that The sommelier served the wine into our glass without explaining that a natural wine does not look and taste like an organic/non organic wine. I had to explain to my family that natural wines are very good but that they should not be tasted like the other wines especially as the bottle had just been opened and wine poured into our glasses.

So, here I go with my pieces of advice to make a natural wine a great experience:

- Bottle opening: 20 to 30mn before tasting
- Decanting is from my experience strongly recommended

The nose might smell very strange if annihilated right away same as the taste (some bubbly feeling on the tong). So, letting enough time for the wine to open is the key for successfully tasting such wine.

If you pour the wine straight away without having let the wine open/decant it, advise your guest not to smell/taste the wine before 5 to 10mn otherwine they may think the wine to be faulty/undrinkable.

More info/advices here:

Hope this help.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer 2015 Wine Tasting and Ranking

Dear all,

You'll find below some of the wines I tasted. As usual, most of the wines are bio/organic wines.

Special thanks: La Pinte (Arbois, France) and Zoeller (Alsace, France) wineries for their warm welcoming in their property and exceptional wine tasting. Big up to them!

There are coming from various places like Italy, Spain but mainly from France since I spent my vacations in there this year.

To make it more standardized, I copied and past my Vivino notes.

Reminder, follow me on Vivino (look for "Seb Ch") if you want to be informed live about my latest tasting and ranking.

Hope you'll find these tasting notes interesting.


Amalia - Carinena Macabeo 2014

 Aragón · Spain

Amalia Carinena Macabeo 2014
Chianti 2014

Le Mas de Mon Père Vin de France 2013

Vincent Caillé

Vincent Caille Fief Des Coteaux Muscadet Sevre Et Maine 2014

Francois Chidaine Montlouis Sur Loire Méthode Tradionnelle Brut

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WSET Level 3 : Pass

Dear all,

I am glad to let you know that I manage to get the WSET level 3 qualification.
It was a great learning experience having the opportunity to learn from the pro's as well as taste wines from all over the world.
It's a highly recommended certification for any one of you that want to be consistent in your tasting and learn wine making from the main wine producing regions in the world and much more.
More info here:

Recall: follow me on Vivino to know about my last tastings. As always, wherever the wine is coming from I'll taste it!

Enoy your week