Path with vine tree. Sun light with shadows, Cambados, Galicia, Spain.

It’s Albariño Day!

Only one way to celebrate Albariño Day, and that is with this guy: Whoops!  Wrong guy… This guy: Albariño (or Alvarinho for our Portuguese friends). This botanically aromatic grape has become quite the rage in the wine world in the last few years, largely due to its acidity,…

Understanding AOC: Alsace

The Alsace AOC of France makes it easy to figure out what is in the bottle (for the most part…more on that later in the post).  As we mentioned a few times earlier in this series, the Alsace AOC is the only region that labels varietal wines.  As…

AOC wine barrels in front of cellar in France

Understanding AOC: The AOC

When you buy a bottle of Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, or any other French wine, there is a governing body that oversees the labeling and production standards to guarantee the finest provenance for the labeled product.  That body is the Appellation d’origine contrôlée, or more simply, the AOC. The…

Drawing of various wine bottle shapes and sizes

Decoded: Intro to Wine Bottle Shapes

In the world of wine, there are numerous bottle shapes and styles.  More recently, wineries have been doing some incredibly artistic things with their bottles with marketing and customer awareness in mind.  At a later date we will go into a much deeper dive on these shapes and…

Silhouette of Washington State with "WA" on it, overlaid on top of an image of wine grapes

WA White Wines

To celebrate Washington Wine Month and National White Wine Day, we’d like to brush over Washington wine history and take a look at the more interesting portion of the 2nd largest wine producing state’s variety of white plantings. Washington State is known for its plantings of lesser known…

Gravlax Salad

I love Gravlax salad… There is nothing like a great salad.  Especially one that is great as an appetizer when hosting, but can be an incredible meal all on its own when it’s just you and a loved one.  This very versatile salad can also offer leftovers of…