On Super Tuscan Wines, and the only Super Tuscan DOC (so far…)

Over the past year or so, and continuing onward, we’ve been on a run of exceptional Super Tuscan expressions we’ve acquired from Italy (Lots 717, 803, 804 – more to come!). While generally misrepresented as Bordeaux-style wines, due to the inclusion of Bordelaise grapes used in the blends…

A Guide to Pairing: Sangiovese

Sangiovese, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello, Super Tuscan… A bit about Sangiovese: Known as “The Blood of Jupiter” (Latin: sanguis Jovis).  Full stop.  Pretty epic. Much like Pinot or Nebbiolo, Sangiovese is a terroir star!  Although plantings outside of Italy are practically non-existent at this stage, each region of…

10 Fun Facts About Chenin Blanc!

Today marks Drink Chenin Day 2021, so…you know what to do! While you’re doing that, here are some fun facts about a grape that seemed to all but disappear a few years back, yet thankfully is seeing a bit of revitalized interest of late: Chenin is a very…

10 Lambrusco Facts!

Happy World Lambrusco Day!  Here to celebrate, we offer our favorite Lambrusco facts: Lambrusco is not only the name of the wine, but also the grape it’s made from Lambrusco has come a very long way from the ice cube-wielding industrially produced cloyingly sweet plonk of the 70s…

A Guide to Pairing: Moscato d’Asti

Hot on the heels of International Sauvignon Blanc Day is World Moscato Day! Herein lies our guide for pairing with Moscato d’Asti wines, to be more specific… A bit about Moscato d’Asti: Likely born in Egypt, traced back documented to the Greeks, Muscat grapes might be one of…

A Guide to Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Happy International Sauvignon Blanc Day! A global holiday for a global grape, but what to eat alongside it!? Well, per usual, here we go! A bit about Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc is the mother of Cabernet Sauvignon (the father being Cabernet Franc), and is wild by name and…

It’s World Marselan Day!

Never heard of Marselan?  Not a problem!  Marselan is actually a relatively new French grape on the (wine) block – so, no one will fault you for not knowing much, if anything, about it. Created in breeding experiments back in 1961, Marselan calls the Languedoc and Provence regions…

A Guide to Pairing: Malbec

Happy World Malbec Day! Today we’re celebrating this momentous occasion with another installment in our pairing series.  Without further ado… A bit about Malbec: While one of the notorious blenders of Bordeaux, Malbec’s fame actually came from its second home – a move to survive the phylloxera outbreak…

Musings on the Movement of Talent

It’s no wonder a globally recognized region such as Napa Valley attracts top winemaking talent – from a global perspective.  The same can be said for Willamette Valley in Oregon, or specific sub-appellations of Sonoma in California, but none more so than Napa Valley. It’s also worth pointing…