Welcome to Couch2Rosé

Join me on a journey to learn about wine. Like with any training program, the key to becoming an expert is to start at the beginning and go slow. Through my studies have found that learning about wine also means learning about culture, viticulture, viniculture, vinification, politics, history, food, and, of course, wine.

I am by no means an expert — I do not have a Master’s of Wine Diploma and am not a sommelier. I’ve completed Level 3 of the Boston University Wine Studies Program and in addition to this formal program, I’ve also taken various one-off classes and traveled to wineries and wine regions around the world.

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Côte du Rhône

The Rhône is a region in South East France, along the Rhône river. The majority of the wines are red blends, based on Grenache and Syrah, though there are also great white wines made of Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. The Rhône region is split into the Southern and Northern Rhône — with distinct differences between…

Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir

Grapes are a clear example that color is only skin deep and yet creates lasting preconceptions. All grape juice is light (white) in color and it is only from pressing the skins of the grapes with the juice do you change the color of the juice to be red, pink, or orange. So, while red…


What’s the one wine I always reference when someone asks for an interesting wine pick from my studies? Amarone. Amarone is one of the kings of Italian wine – showcasing the best of winemaking and producing a bold, age-worthy, wine that is unforgettable. Fitting for this deep and romantic wine, Amarone comes from Verona -…

Tasting: Week 1

The basics: learn to Pour, Look, Smell, and Taste.

Tasting: Week 2

The boring (but necessary): Spitting and Taking Notes

Tasting: Week 3

White Wines!

Week 3: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most divisive white wines: are you team butter or team crisp apple? When I was first starting to drink wine, I heard about the “buttery” taste of Chardonnay and I could taste nothing else for years. Through all my wine classes, I would dread the Chardonnay tastings, not wanting to…

Week 3: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is my go-to white wine when at a bar or restaurant. It’s incredibly variable but always reliable – read on to learn more. HistorySauvignon Blanc, meaning “Wild White,” is a white grape and a parent to Cabernet Sauvignon. It likely originated in the South of France and is now one of the most planted…

Week 3: Riesling

When I first drank Riesling, I thought of it as a sweet wine, but did you know that Riesling can also be dry? Riesling is known as a highly acidic, fruity, and aromatic white wine. Let’s dive into some of the basics:  History/BackgroundLikely originating from Germany and now Germany’s most planted white grape, Riesling has…


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