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Wine Craft: Take an “Acid Trip” with Certified Sommelier Mario Luna

Every Friday, Certified Sommelier Mario Luna joins forces with Wine Geographic for a feature dedicated to wine education! This week it’s all about aciiiiiid, man!

Acid in wine is a funny thing: too little and a wine feels fat and flabby, but too much acidity will put your mouth on burn notice. Some wine experts will tell you that there is a “perfect” level of acidity that wine should have (by the way, sommeliers are notorious acid hounds – we just love us some zippy wine! Probably because our palates are pretty much shot at the end of a long shift tasting big, bold, tannic reds), but acidity in wine runs the gamut, and finding a white wine you love may be as simple as realizing how much acidity your palate can take. Mario explains it better above…

Mario’s Picks:

  • Trimbach Gewurtztraminer 2012, $21 – BUY ME
  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2014, $23 – BUY ME
  • Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $37 – BUY ME


Is there a topic you want Mario to cover? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to film an answer in the weeks to come.

Mario Luna sommelier

Mario Luna is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company dedicated to “Developing the Sommelier in You” through online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content. He lives in Las Vegas where, in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario at his website or check out his courses here.

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Mario Luna Sommelier

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