Rosé Facts

Here are 10 fun facts about Rosé for National Rosé Day! Rosé wine predates red and white wine, first documented around roughly 7000 BC. Skin contact from red grape skins are what impart the color to the wine.  The longer it sits, the more color is extracted. The…

3 Summer Wine Ideas

With the summer fast approaching, how will you be enjoying the weather and your wine this year? Here are 3 great ideas for enjoying the outdoors without losing touch with your wine-loving lifestyle! A Picnic: Choose Your Destination Break out the blanket or grab a table at your…

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…

Oregon Wine Month!

Happy Oregon Wine Month! Break out the Chardonnay! Break out the Pinot Noir! Break out the Pinot Gris! But save those Rieslings! Oregon, especially the Willamette Valley, is a cooler climate growing region and has developed some of the most astounding of the aforementioned varieties in wines.  Hell,…

It’s World Malbec Day!

To celebrate World Malbec Day, we thought we’d share some fun facts about Malbec! While we Americans have recently had Malbec become a part of the collective wine connoisseur consciousness, it has actually been popular in Argentina for over a century Malbec was originally used only for blending…

New York Wine

March begins what is essentially New York Wine Month, known as NY drinks NY, culminating in a Grand Tasting in New York City later this month.  For more information on NY drinks NY, click here. New York has a rich history of growing and production stretching back to…

National Wine & Cheese Day 2019

Cheesemaking and winemaking predate recorded history. For the majority of recorded history, people enjoyed the cheeses of their locale with the wines from the same areas (see: Brie & Beaujolais, Asiago & Chianti, Tome de Bordeaux & White Bordeaux, Cambozola & Riesling, etc…). It is safe to assume…

Understanding Italy: Piemonte

Beautiful Piemonte, home to Barolo and Barbaresco.  Well, home to Nebbiolo more correctly.  Take it a step further, home to Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Cortese, and Arneis in addition to other local and international varietals. In addition to a plethora of grape varietals grown in Piemonte, the region produces…

What is Inoculation?

To inoculate a wine is to add an active yeast culture to the must (juice) to activate fermentation. Winemakers choose certain known strains of yeasts to achieve desired results.  You may have heard the term ‘native yeasts’ used in the wine world at some point on your journey. …

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

The third Thursday in November is a big day in the Beaujolais region south of the Burgundy in France.  On this day there is a mad dash for the first, freshest bottles of the new vintage of Beaujolais that has been sent into the markets to arrive on…