Champagne, Cuvée. Cuvée, Champagne. When speaking about Champagne, cuvée refers to the the first and the best juice from the pressing of the grapes. Personally I love ‘the bubbles’ Champagne, Sparkling, Prosecco, Cava. So when I was researching wine blogs to ‘spotlight’ I came across Cuvée Corner Wine Blog. SOLD! on name alone. Well I’ll tell you Cuvée Corner Wine Blog has got a lot more than cuvée going on and the one thing I love about reading this blog is the ease of it; whatever bits and pieces of information you are looking for it’s easy to find and easy to read. I’ve taken Cuvée Corner’s recommendations and have yet to be disappointed but (of course there’s always a ‘BUT’) what has truly kept me reading is Cuvée Corner’s July 11th post.
This post is something just like the “Cuvée” that resonated with me it was the “Dirty, Sexy San Diego Twitter Taste Live” (ok I played with the words a bit) It was a tweet up of 6 local wine bloggers who came together for the sake of wine. These six bloggers had never personally met before this dirty, sexy little sipping soiree; a simple moniker on Twitter a few common tweets and bam! common ground had been established and culitvated. It reminded me of my South Florida Foodie Group we started out as a humble group of 11 and now we’re 150+ strong who just like Cuvée Corner so eloquently said “……all were as genuine, knowledgeable and gracious as their “tweets” indicated…….Just real everyday folks with a genuine passion for sharing their love of great vino.” So there you have it, pretty much the standard answer all bloggers have as the answer to this question: “What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging/writing for you?
Before I present our Blogger in the Spotlight I’m going to give a shout-out to one of the “dirty, sexy little sipping soiree” attendees Beau’s Barrel Room, the young turk I introduced to you all three weeks ago stating he is an up and comer in the wine world….guess I was right!
So enough of the introduction, Blogger in the Spotlight readers I present to you another dynamic Wine Blogger from the great state of California, Cuvée Corner Wine Blog:
South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start wine writing?
Cuvée Corner: My passion for wine started after my first trip to Napa, I was a devout beer drinker, but something about vino really caught my attention. My wife and started traveling to wine destinations for vacations, it was from these experiences, I thought I would start a blog about these purple soaked adventures.
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than write about wine?
Cuvée Corner: Sure I love to cook and attempt to pair my meals with a wine that will compliment. I have a day-job in data collections, but would love to change career paths. I love to bike, enjoy photography and tending my suburban garden.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about writing?
Cuvée Corner: Topics are limitless, but finding and or making the time to pour content into my blog, the work life balance can be difficult when you are attempting to build a project in the midst of the everyday “goings” on of life.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from writing for you?
Cuvée Corner: I would say meeting some of the hardest working folks in the world, also known as winemakers. I get invited to into their world, to take a peek under the hood, to hear and see some of the behind the scenes moments of what it takes to go from grape to glass and count it as a great privilege and honor.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable writing moment?
Cuvée Corner: My trip to Tuscany and how Brunello opened it doors for me with great respect, I was treated like any other wine journalist at three of better wineries in Brunello, Col D’ Orcia, Pian Dell Orino’and Poggio Antico and the biggest treat of all was when Nicoli at Col D’ Orcia gave me a “Parker” tasting in their exclusive press tasting room and I was able to sample through all their wines. I was just blown away by the hospitality shown to me and my wife.
South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
Cuvée Corner: With my limited culinary experiences as the backdrop to my answer, I would have to say it’s a toss up between seared Ahi, served with a Wasabi Butter sauce, paired with RRV Pinot Noir or a NY Strip, Onion Rings, paired with a fantastic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville. Please don’t make me choose!
South Florida Food and Wine: What super-action-hero would you like to be and why?
Cuvée Corner: That’s easy, Batman of course! Because as Bruce Wayne, he gets all the girls, has all the coin, the best ride and the latest-greatest gadgets and gizmo’s. What else could any guy want?
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
Cuvée Corner: No to sure this is whacky, but my cutting board has to be “cleansed” before I start any meal, period end of story!
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best wine advice you have to share?
Cuvée Corner: Stay away from the cheap homogenized wines, there is so much great wine available for just a few dollars more than most folks are paying now, mass efficiencies of scale is not a desirable attribute of any wine.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one obsessive wine habit?
Cuvée Corner: Bringing my own stemware to restaurants, you should see the looks I get. [eye rolls and wagging heads]
South Florida Food and Wine: If you could choose to be any wine, what would it be?
Cuvée Corner: Well in wine and in life it’s good to be king, so I would have to of course choose to be Cabernet Sauvignon.
South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
Cuvée Corner: One thing I always have on chill is a bottle of bubbly, the perfect thing to break out for unexpected guests or celebrations. Beyond that just the everyday things you find in most folks refrigerators
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
Cuvée Corner: That would be a sack of rice.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
Cuvée Corner: Vino of course, the perfect compliment to any meal.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
Cuvée Corner: I would say freshly grilled burgers and hot French Fries can’t be beat.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your wine claim to fame?
Cuvée Corner: Not sure if this would qualify, but having a sit-down dinner atop Mt Atlas in Napa Valley overlooking the vineyards from the Antica Winery and drinking some amazing wines paired with a fabulous chef inspired foods.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
Cuvée Corner: Not sure, I tend not to look in there too much.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best wine gift you ever received?
Cuvée Corner: An older vintage bottle of Chateau Montelena from friends of my wife, I remember remarking, “boy they have good taste”! =]
South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
Cuvée Corner: I would have to say, that cleaning the oven and stove top are at the top of my list, a messy business for sure.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
Cuvée Corner: Thinking this was in Hawaii with friend of my wife; we grilled cow tongue table side and snacked on the heads of some crustaceans.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most extravagant wine item or culinary tool you spent money on?
Cuvée Corner: Well to date that would have to be our wine cellar, which sits in the living room, like an 800-lb. gorilla.
South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best wine you ever had?
Cuvée Corner: Well I going to have to say it was my recent trip to the Red Mountain AVA, where I tasted some of best Syrah in recent memory. And why? They were so different than anything I had ever tasted before, their flavors just jumped out at you, so distinctive, plush, layered and built to cellar, if you could wait that long.
South Florida Food and Wine: If you could share a bottle of wine with anyone who would it be and why? Cuvée Corner: I’m thinking Jancis Robinson, this would be a great opportunity to pick the brain of a wine writer I greatly admire and would appreciate any insight she may offer over a bottle of wine.
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