Cuvée Ray Kurz

Articles written by Cuvée Ray Kurz

Cuvée Ray Kurz is a sommelier, wine consultant and wine educator. He has been awarded his sommelier certificate and his Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators and is now working on his Diploma Level 4 Certification which is the recognized final step before applying to enter the Master of Wine program. Ray was the owner of Cuvée Ray Wine Bar and Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner. He owned a “virtual winery” offering wine under his “Social Cluster” label and recently launched Cuvée Ray Wine Academy which conducts educational wine tastings, dinners, and similar events at restaurants and for private groups at homes, clubhouses and other venues.

GSM Rocks Rock!

/ Updated on November 30, 2021

A wine article that focuses on rocks? Yes rocks, those things on the ground that are bigger than pebbles and smaller than boulders. Rocks. Because rocks help make the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, well…. rock. These are the … Continue reading

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Cava, the People’s ‘Champagne’

/ Updated on October 10, 2021

Well, now I have done it; I committed a cardinal wine sin … I referred to the Spanish sparkling wine, Cava, as “Champagne”! I may be hauled off by the wine police for committing this terrible crime. Truth be told, … Continue reading

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Wine and Wet Leather

/ Updated on February 19, 2021

We’ve all seen them. Those completely ridiculous descriptions of wine: “A lovely wine with exotic blackberry notes, exhibiting a hint of tar, pencil shavings and graphite, with a slight undercurrent of cigar box and wet stone.” Oops … and who … Continue reading

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Syrah/Shiraz – Potato/Potahto?

/ Updated on July 14, 2021

What’s with those folks from Down Under? Can’t they just go with the flow and call a Syrah by its proper name? Why confuse everyone by inventing a new name for an old grape and add  confusion in the already … Continue reading

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Let your Wine Speak to You!

/ Updated on October 14, 2020

I love listening to my wine! What a great story every wine has to tell, and I just dig listening to each story unfold. Give it a try! I promise you it will dramatically enhance your enjoyment of wine. As … Continue reading

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Wine is like a Hamburger

/ Updated on October 9, 2020

Wine isn’t complicated, and its enjoyment doesn’t require membership in some elite club (even though some folks try to make it that way by employing incomprehensible jargon and, let’s face it, an approach that is … well, snooty). First and … Continue reading

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Remember the Other Independence Day: May 24, 1976

/ Updated on July 17, 2020

No disrespect to our celebration of the Fourth of July, our nation’s Independence Day, but as we enjoy our July 4th outdoor grilling rituals, let’s take a moment to also remember America’s WINE Independence Day, May 24, 1976! How fitting … Continue reading

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Move Over Monsieur Sauvignon Blanc! Señor Torrentes is in Town.

/ Updated on July 17, 2020

I am amazed how quickly Sauvignon Blanc became the white wine of choice for so many people. After a quick stop at Pinot Grigio, the world of non-chardonnay drinkers (and even part of the world of chardonnay drinkers) yearning for … Continue reading

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Chardonnay: The Chameleon of Wines

/ Updated on June 14, 2020

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by chameleons. How did they know when they were standing on something green to turn green and when standing on something brown to turn brown? It still fascinates me. I now realize … Continue reading

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The Wild, the Innocent and the Sauvignon Blanc Hustle

/ Updated on June 10, 2020

I’ve been waiting a long time to use a Springsteen reference in one of my wine articles. That opportunity jumped out at me when I thought about what to say about the varied personalities of Sauvignon Blanc as we celebrate … Continue reading

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