Winemakers

For a wine region built on tourism, Napa Valley has had a rough vintage. Let’s take a deeper look into what happened this year and how to help. (PS it involves our favorite thing: wine!) Napa Valley: Quench The Wildfires With Wine In Napa Valley, COVID-19 shuttered businesses for 81 days straight. Then, tourism was
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For those looking for wine-buying inspiration, the 2020 Wine Buying Guide is a handy overview organized by style so you can find what you like. This year we honor the classics. Learn what varieties and regions are known for excellent quality along with a few added examples to get you started. 2020 Wine Buying Guide
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Special Classification: An AOC might be further specified for quality at this point, indicating a Cru, which refers to a specific vineyard or group of vineyards typically recognized for quality. Where Did the AOC Come From? In an effort to control the reputation of wine and other cultural foods, France established the INAO in 1935.
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For those who love a rich Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon blends are a rare white wine well worth investigating. In this video we compare two regions (Bordeaux and Washington State) that make Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon blends into a lusciously rich style. [embedded content][embedded content]The secret to French Wines starts with their wine regions Most people know Sauvignon
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Get confident with the wines of France in this introductory seminar. You’ll learn about the 11 major regions and the best wines to explore. [embedded content][embedded content]The secret to French Wines starts with their wine regions Getting into French wine is a bit baffling to the neophyte. Firstly, wines are labeled by region instead of
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Podcasts have changed the way we think about audio shows, and wine podcasts are no different! They are a great way to sneak-in some knowledge during our day to day activities. Plus, they’re a gateway to information that’s otherwise stuck in wine classes. The list below covers eight wine podcasts that range from easy-going chats
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Ever wonder how a wine professional tastes Champagne? Madeline walks us through how to taste Champagne with a bottle of Palmes d’Or (“golden fins”). [embedded content][embedded content]What do we look for in quality Champagne? Palmes d’Or is a “prestige” Champagne by the region’s largest cooperative, Nicolas Feuillatte. The wine sits on tirage (aging on the
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Wine antioxidants: we keep hearing about how they’re good for us. For instance, a glass of red wine at dinner, “for the antioxidants.” It feels a little like “medicinal whiskey.” Is this yet another snake oil cure? So, should we care about wine antioxidants? And, how do antioxidants help us with our health? To answer
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There’s really only one rule when it comes to holding a glass of wine: Don’t hold it by the big round part. Here are some fun techniques to try the next time you’re drinking a glass of wine. [embedded content][embedded content]Wine snob diversion tactic number one! Some people tell you that holding a glass of
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Red wine vocabulary starts with an understanding of basic wine traits. This wine palate training exercise is easy to try at home with a bottle of red wine. [embedded content][embedded content]Try this DIY tasting experiment at home Describing wine seems confusing at first. However, at its core wine speak a simple process of describing what’s
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Beyond winery, region, and vintage, what else should you look for on a wine label? Here are 3 tips on how to read a wine label. [embedded content][embedded content]Deciphering wine labels… one at a time The front label of a wine bottle doesn’t always give the same information. That’s because most wines use one of
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Podcasts have changed the way we think about audio shows, and wine podcasts are no different! They are a great way to sneak-in some knowledge during our day to day activities. Plus, they’re a gateway to information that’s otherwise stuck in wine classes. The list below covers 7 wine podcasts that range from easy-going chats
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In tasting wine, it’s helpful to know to pick out the good from the flawed. This can be a tricky pursuit, since (ideally) we don’t often come across examples of various wine flaws. After all, each person has a different natural threshold of perception. In wine there are 7 primary flaws. But what’s interesting is
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A well-curated charcuterie board is a work of art. When paired with the right wines, that artwork becomes a masterpiece. But unlike the Mona Lisa, you don’t need years of work to create an amazing charcuterie board with the perfect wine pairings. Instead, sticking to a few general principles and simple guidelines will make the
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When you think of rosé, do you think of a pale pink wine from Provence that you sip on during a picnic? Well, you wouldn’t be wrong, but it might surprise you to know that it’s an incredibly versatile category with regions across the world offering high-quality examples. Rosé’s value and versatility lies in its
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