Christie Kiley

International Sommelier and Chef Christie Kiley has over a decade of combined experience in both restaurants and wineries. While working in kitchens under talented chefs, she spent nights off serving guests in the dining room.

Her passion for food began overflowing into the wine industry and while laboring during wine harvests in Napa, she learned the nature of the product from soil to bottling. Experience working the back- and front-of-the-house in restaurants, wineries in sales, and as a food and wine educator, Christie has vast knowledge of the two industries.

Christie is currently living in Buenos Aires, where she received her Fourth level International Sommelier Certificate from the Escuela de Argentina Sommeliers (EAS) after two years of study. She is now travelling to fine-tune her knowledge and delve into the gastronomy and cultures around the globe. She works as a freelance writer to share her cultural experiences.

Articles by Christie Kiley


Best Food Pairings for Claret Best Food Pairings for Claret Best Food Pairings for Claret Best Food Pairings for Claret

Best Food Pairings for Claret


Looking for food pairings for that Claret? Whether it's a Merlot-based or Cabernet-based Claret, it will go best with specific vegetables...

Edaphology 101: Don't Plant Vineyards in These Soils Edaphology 101: Don't Plant Vineyards in These Soils Edaphology 101: Don't Plant Vineyards in These Soils Edaphology 101: Don't Plant Vineyards in These Soils

Edaphology 101: Don't Plant Vineyards in These Soils


Edaphology is the science which studies the soil's influence on living organisms, especially plants. The best vineyards are those planted...

Perfect Pairings for German Riesling Perfect Pairings for German Riesling Perfect Pairings for German Riesling Perfect Pairings for German Riesling

Perfect Pairings for German Riesling


German Rieslings fall under Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese and Beerenauslese in either Troken or Halbtroken styles and these all pair well...

What Is That on My Wine Label? AOC, DOC, IGT & IGP Explained What Is That on My Wine Label? AOC, DOC, IGT & IGP Explained What Is That on My Wine Label? AOC, DOC, IGT & IGP Explained What Is That on My Wine Label? AOC, DOC, IGT & IGP Explained

What Is That on My Wine Label? AOC, DOC, IGT & IGP Explained


Throughout the European Union, there are standards and classifications for certain traditional foods and wines. In France, this system is...

Champagne, Cava & Prosecco, What's the Difference? Champagne, Cava & Prosecco, What's the Difference? Champagne, Cava & Prosecco, What's the Difference? Champagne, Cava & Prosecco, What's the Difference?

Champagne, Cava & Prosecco, What's the Difference?


Most of us are familiar with the names of Champagne, Cava and Prosecco. But what makes them different? Champagne, Cava and Prosecco are the...

Nero d'Avola: The Wine Designed for Red Sauces Nero d'Avola: The Wine Designed for Red Sauces Nero d'Avola: The Wine Designed for Red Sauces Nero d'Avola: The Wine Designed for Red Sauces

Nero d'Avola: The Wine Designed for Red Sauces


Nero d'Avola is made from the Nero d'Avola grape, translated as Black of Avola, from the small town officially named Avola, located in...

How the Great French Wine Blight Changed the Global Wine Industry How the Great French Wine Blight Changed the Global Wine Industry How the Great French Wine Blight Changed the Global Wine Industry How the Great French Wine Blight Changed the Global Wine Industry

How the Great French Wine Blight Changed the Global Wine Industry


The Great French Wine Blight was a marked event and is well-known. The blight destroyed 40% of French grape vines, later linked to a...

The Regulated Wines of South African Viticulture The Regulated Wines of South African Viticulture The Regulated Wines of South African Viticulture The Regulated Wines of South African Viticulture

The Regulated Wines of South African Viticulture


The wine of South Africa may be placed in the category of New World wines, however, this exotic country, found in the far expanses of the...

How Many Levels of Sweetness Are There in German Wines? How Many Levels of Sweetness Are There in German Wines? How Many Levels of Sweetness Are There in German Wines? How Many Levels of Sweetness Are There in German Wines?

How Many Levels of Sweetness Are There in German Wines?


Germany (and Austria) stand out among the other wine-producing countries and the wines are classified using a german wine classification in...

Independence Day Wine Cocktails Independence Day Wine Cocktails Independence Day Wine Cocktails Independence Day Wine Cocktails

Independence Day Wine Cocktails


Everyone knows about Sangria, and you probably even have a favorite recipe for it. And if you don't, then we have one on here for you, just...

Summer Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairings of the Season Summer Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairings of the Season Summer Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairings of the Season Summer Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairings of the Season

Summer Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairings of the Season


Melon and Proscuito Wraps are sweet, salty, juicy snacks and pair best with a dry Rosé. medium-bodied, floral white wine like an Argentine...

Basic Tools For Making Wine at Home Basic Tools For Making Wine at Home Basic Tools For Making Wine at Home Basic Tools For Making Wine at Home

Basic Tools For Making Wine at Home


Setting up an area with enough space and having a rough outline in the steps you will need to take throughout fermentation and later...

Official Bordeaux Classification of 1855 Official Bordeaux Classification of 1855 Official Bordeaux Classification of 1855 Official Bordeaux Classification of 1855

Official Bordeaux Classification of 1855


It was Napoleon's intention to showcase the best wines of his country in the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris. However, what happened...

Climate Change and the Future of California's Wine Industry Climate Change and the Future of California's Wine Industry Climate Change and the Future of California's Wine Industry Climate Change and the Future of California's Wine Industry

Climate Change and the Future of California's Wine Industry


It has been estimated that by 2100, there will be an 81% decline in "suitable vineyards for premium wine production". While that timeline...

The Lost World of Old World Wines - Czech Republic The Lost World of Old World Wines - Czech Republic The Lost World of Old World Wines - Czech Republic The Lost World of Old World Wines - Czech Republic

The Lost World of Old World Wines - Czech Republic


The first vineyards of the Czech Republic go back to the 3rd Century AD with Emperor Marcus Aurelius cultivating the first vineyards long...

Spring Wine Releases & Spring Food Trends Spring Wine Releases & Spring Food Trends Spring Wine Releases & Spring Food Trends Spring Wine Releases & Spring Food Trends

Spring Wine Releases & Spring Food Trends


This Sauvignon Blanc pairs with anything from a fresh local goat cheese to some freshly made hummus (light on the garlic) with some pita...

The New Generation of Champagne The New Generation of Champagne The New Generation of Champagne The New Generation of Champagne

The New Generation of Champagne


The region of Champagne has a long-standing tradition on how winemakers conduct their craft. However, despite tradition, or rather in...

How to Organize a Wine Tasting at Home How to Organize a Wine Tasting at Home How to Organize a Wine Tasting at Home How to Organize a Wine Tasting at Home

How to Organize a Wine Tasting at Home


We are all familiar with Old World and New World wines, so the next thing to do would be to, for example, choose a varietal. Chardonnay...

Food and Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day Food and Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day Food and Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day Food and Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day

Food and Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day


Here are some great foods you can easily make for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, complete with wine pairings for each one - including...

Predicted Wine Trends of the Year Predicted Wine Trends of the Year Predicted Wine Trends of the Year Predicted Wine Trends of the Year

Predicted Wine Trends of the Year


According to Coravin, they believe people will be more interested in the background and story of the wine they drink, who made it and what...

Salta, Argentina: Land of the Highest Vineyards in the World Salta, Argentina: Land of the Highest Vineyards in the World Salta, Argentina: Land of the Highest Vineyards in the World Salta, Argentina: Land of the Highest Vineyards in the World

Salta, Argentina: Land of the Highest Vineyards in the World


The Province of Salta, Argentina is Cafayate, home of the highest vineyards in the world. The vineyards here in Cafayate of Salta sit at...

White Wine's Affinity to Gastronomic Pleasures White Wine's Affinity to Gastronomic Pleasures White Wine's Affinity to Gastronomic Pleasures White Wine's Affinity to Gastronomic Pleasures

White Wine's Affinity to Gastronomic Pleasures


Notice most of the foods mentioned have an element of fat in which the wines' acidity can "cut" through, thus bringing out more of what is...

The Underestimated Wines of Alsace The Underestimated Wines of Alsace The Underestimated Wines of Alsace The Underestimated Wines of Alsace

The Underestimated Wines of Alsace


Alsace is located on the upper eastern side, bordering Germany and Switzerland... Basically, a wine of the Alsace AOC on the label means...

How and Why Oak is Used in Wine Making How and Why Oak is Used in Wine Making How and Why Oak is Used in Wine Making How and Why Oak is Used in Wine Making

How and Why Oak is Used in Wine Making


Oak is also coveted for its ability to retain liquids inside due to its tight grain yet possesses the ability to allow contents to breathe....

How to Rate the Wine You Drink and Discover Alternatives to Top-Rated Wines How to Rate the Wine You Drink and Discover Alternatives to Top-Rated Wines How to Rate the Wine You Drink and Discover Alternatives to Top-Rated Wines How to Rate the Wine You Drink and Discover Alternatives to Top-Rated Wines

How to Rate the Wine You Drink and Discover Alternatives to Top-Rated Wines


We’re all familiar with Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel of California, Riesling of Germany, Sangiovese of Italy or Super Tuscans, Pinot...

What Balance Means in Wine What Balance Means in Wine What Balance Means in Wine What Balance Means in Wine

What Balance Means in Wine


You might remember that the aspects of wine affected by the oak elaboration were color, aromatics and body/texture. These elements are...

How to tell the Difference Between Good and Bad White Wines How to tell the Difference Between Good and Bad White Wines How to tell the Difference Between Good and Bad White Wines How to tell the Difference Between Good and Bad White Wines

How to tell the Difference Between Good and Bad White Wines


First have a look at the wine in the glass. Hold it up to some light, or with a piece of white paper behind your glass, if the color is...

Oak Barrel Substitutes in Winemaking Oak Barrel Substitutes in Winemaking Oak Barrel Substitutes in Winemaking Oak Barrel Substitutes in Winemaking

Oak Barrel Substitutes in Winemaking


Oak barrel substitutes can include: Oak chips and chinks, oak staves, liquid oak and oak shavings and powder. Learn about what they are,...

Wine Labels 101: German and Austrian Wine Wine Labels 101: German and Austrian Wine Wine Labels 101: German and Austrian Wine Wine Labels 101: German and Austrian Wine

Wine Labels 101: German and Austrian Wine


While many of the wine labels from Austrian and German regions can be quite confusing...they do share a common language, wine culture and...

Wine Labels 101: Italian Wine Wine Labels 101: Italian Wine Wine Labels 101: Italian Wine Wine Labels 101: Italian Wine

Wine Labels 101: Italian Wine


Italy is comprised of 15 different wine regions. Most of the celebrated and well-known wines are located in the northern regions of Veneto...

How Sparkling Wine and Champagne Are Made How Sparkling Wine and Champagne Are Made How Sparkling Wine and Champagne Are Made How Sparkling Wine and Champagne Are Made

How Sparkling Wine and Champagne Are Made


What makes Champagne 'Champagne' and how is it different from sparkling wine? Not all sparkling wine is Champagne, but all Champagne is...

What Is a Rose Wine? What Is a Rose Wine? What Is a Rose Wine? What Is a Rose Wine?

What Is a Rose Wine?


What is Rosé Wine? A hybrid between white and red wine. Rosé is of French origin and can be dry or very sweet. The acidity of a rosé has...

Wine Labels 101: French Wine Labels Wine Labels 101: French Wine Labels Wine Labels 101: French Wine Labels Wine Labels 101: French Wine Labels

Wine Labels 101: French Wine Labels


they would ask where it was from rather than what type of grape it was made from... By EU wine laws, there are only specific grapes that...

Wine Labels 101: California and U.S. Wine Labels Wine Labels 101: California and U.S. Wine Labels Wine Labels 101: California and U.S. Wine Labels Wine Labels 101: California and U.S. Wine Labels

Wine Labels 101: California and U.S. Wine Labels


Ever wonder what everything on a wine label means? Get into this wine label 101 article to learn about percentages, regions, production...

In Defense of the Wine Cork In Defense of the Wine Cork In Defense of the Wine Cork In Defense of the Wine Cork

In Defense of the Wine Cork


Cork is a traditional, eco-friendly material used to seal wine bottles. However, its reputation of leakage and tainting has lead to...

What Corked Means - and Other Tricky Wine Terminology What Corked Means - and Other Tricky Wine Terminology What Corked Means - and Other Tricky Wine Terminology What Corked Means - and Other Tricky Wine Terminology

What Corked Means - and Other Tricky Wine Terminology


Corked wine simply means that the wine has been contaminated with cork taint via the presence of trichloroanisole or TCA.... Drinking a...

When to Decant a Wine When to Decant a Wine When to Decant a Wine When to Decant a Wine

When to Decant a Wine


Knowing when to decant a wine can be tricky, these tips will help you decide on which wines to decant and why decanting is necessary in...

The Simple Side of Food and Wine Pairing The Simple Side of Food and Wine Pairing The Simple Side of Food and Wine Pairing The Simple Side of Food and Wine Pairing

The Simple Side of Food and Wine Pairing


Wine pairing is essential to a great meal, learn which wines to pair with meats, pastas, sauces, fish, and even desserts and what rules to...

How Do All Those Aromas and Flavors Get Into Wine? How Do All Those Aromas and Flavors Get Into Wine? How Do All Those Aromas and Flavors Get Into Wine? How Do All Those Aromas and Flavors Get Into Wine?

How Do All Those Aromas and Flavors Get Into Wine?


Different wines can carry variations of similar aromas; fermentation processes, geographical vineyard properties and aging methods can...

Q&A by Christie Kiley


Old World and New World wines, what makes them different?


Now that the countries have been introduced for both the Old World and New World, we can delve into the differences in winemaking practices...