Elegant, balanced, light to medium in body, high in acidity, wonderful with food. It sounds like a lovely white wine, right? Think again. How about the red wine camouflaged as a white wine?...continue reading.
I am often asked where the best values exist in the world of wine. After hosting a South American themed tasting over the weekend, I know what my first answer will be....continue reading.
You’ve been invited to a walk-around tasting, one where you will sample many wines, one after the other, using the same glass. How will you get the most out of the tasting experience?...continue reading.
Just as a great chef might use combinations of flavors to create a unique dish, many winemakers these days are using a blend of grape varietals to make expressive wines....continue reading.
We often base our perception of wine on label or price, but tasting wines blind can be a truer barometer of quality....continue reading.
Firing up the barbie? The classic old world wine regions Rioja and Tuscany produce a number of notable reds that are perfect for grilling season....continue reading.
A 25-year veteran of the wine and hospitality industry, George Staikos is known for his role as an educator, sharing his passion for wine appreciation. He is the founder and president of the Educated Grape, a company specializing in interactive education programs and in-home wine entertaining for wine enthusiasts and companies. He is a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality Management, where he teaches “Introduction to the Study of Wine.” He is also Vice Echanson or regional wine director for the mid-Atlantic region for the Chaine des Rotisseurs, a worldwide food-and-wine organization.
Staikos is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. He is married with three children and lives in Flemington.