Archive for December, 2008

Indie Winemaker’s Mark Andersen attended the introductory Guild of Sommeliers course and exam the past two days.  The class provides an intensive overview of all major wine producing areas of the world.  In addition, the guild provides a structured approach to wine tasting.  The approach is taught by tasting wine in a blind format (wine is concealed so the identity is unknown).  Their approach utilizes an assessment of sight, smell and taste.  Each step provides clues to the origin of the wine with the smell assessment being the most important.  Tasting is done to confirm the different fruits, minerals and earthiness found on the nose.  After assessing the sight, smell and taste of the wine, the  tasters must identify the wine varietal, age and area produced. 

This methodology will now be used for all future blind tastings that are performed for our readers interested in purchasing wine at IndieWinemakers.com.

The introductory exam focuses on therory and knowledge of wine making regions.  Blind tasting tests are not conducted at this level.


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Ranked 4th in competition with 60 other Rosé Champagnes, Wine & Spirits Magazine tasters loved this bubbly. Their tasting notes: “Amber hints of color, lovely, complex nose of Strawberry, citrus, sherbet and mineral. Delicious palate with lovely fresh fruit, some spice and vanillan.

This Brut Rosé Champagne is comprised of 90% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay. It is made with a blend of around 10% still wine (from Champagne) which comes from the old vine Pinot situated on the terroir of Chigny Les Roses. Indie Winemakers has a small allocation of this discounted wine for sale this week only. Retail $119.98 – Our Price $79.95 a saving of 35%.

Champagne Cattier is a name synonymous with prized, boutique wines for the discriminating Champagne connoisseur, and they are regularly recognized by the international wine community for the consistent excellence of their Champagnes. Some of their most recent accolades include:

  • Rating of Excellent in Parker’s Guide of French Wines
  • Nominated for best Prestige Cuveé (Parker’s Guide)
  • One of the World’s 30 Most Prestigious Champagnes (Italian Champagne: Intramontabile Effervescenza Guide)
  • Five-Star Rating and Best-in-Category Laurels (Cuisine Magazine’s Annual Champagne Tasting)

Maxims restaurant in Paris, considered one of the finest restaurant in all of Europe, searched for the best Champagne house to produce their finest house Champagne and they ultimately chose Cattier.”

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