More than just "cork dorks:" Local sommeliers explain what makes a wine great (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

"I get this question every day. My answer is there is the wine that I would compare to a great pair of jeans — something you drink everyday and pairs with everything. This would be a great dry Rose, especially for this area that is hot and has such great fish," she said.

Her go-to wine for special occasions? "Then there is the wine that is like that sexy little dress that isn’t appropriate for all occasions and takes two hours of prep time but makes you feel so sensual ... That wine to me would be a fabulous Brunello. There are few wines sexier or more seductive then a perfectly aged and decanted Brunello."

Gontarek has four wines that stand out as crème de la crème: Quilcede Creek from Washington State; La Pergole Torte from Radda, Chianti, Italy; Rouciallet Blanc, Rhone, France; and Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet, Burgundy, France.

"These are tear-inspiring wines," she said. "You pair your food around them; not the other way around."


'Credentials are good' – but not everything

Kevin Moran of Crush Wine Bar in Seaside has been certified as a Level 2 by the Court of Master Sommeliers and Society of Wine Educators (CSW) since 1991. He said he received his schooling from the Chicago wine school, from years of travel, tasting and discussion, books, and magazines, following years of being in the trade.

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