May Flowers…for Mead!

April showers bring May flowers… Aaaaaaand, with flowers come bees, bees make honey, people turn honey into Mead.  Boom. Mead is a “honey wine” (actually, not ‘wine‘ as wine comes from a fruit base, but we’ll dive into that in another post later this summer…) that is made…

What is Terroir?

There is no single word in the english language that can be translated from terroir.  So what exactly is terroir? Terroir is a beautiful word to describe essentially the essence of a particular piece of land.  More than just the piece of land itself, but also its climate…

Decoded: Blends

Let’s talk blends, and what the language your local wine shop representative uses actually means. At the top of the blending language list we have Champagne and Bordeaux. The word Champagne is synonymous with being expensive, of quality, for celebrations, and from Champagne, France.  Champagne is generally made…

Decoded: Blending

Blending is essential for all wines.  It can be argued that if it were not for blending by way of cross pollination or grafting of rootstocks most varieties of grapes that wines were originally made from would have gone extinct at this point in time, replaced by a…

Big Boys in Bordeaux

by: Cameron, staff From Cameron’s recollections of his European trip in 1993: I’ll never forget being in Bordeaux with my friend who is Julio Gallo’s grandson and we went to the top Chateau there and flashed his father’s card from E & J Gallo as a president of…