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Creepy-Good Halloween Candy Pairings

It’s that time of year. And once again you’re faced with that grisly question: Which Halloween candy can you sneak with your glass of wine. No tricks here. These are our suggestions for not-so-terrifying Halloween candy pairings. Sparkling Wine First, let’s just put this out there: Like a black dress and a broomstick, sparkling wines…

Gasp! Stemless Glassware?!

Stemless glassware is all the rage these days – up there with pumpkin-spice lattes, man buns, yoga pants, and kale chips. Meanwhile, the wine enthusiasts of the world have warned us that touching the bowl of the glass leaves visually impairing smudges and warms the wine, and that’s, well, BAD. So the minimalist-glassware movement has many…

A Pinot By Any Other Name…

I sucked back the tears, trying my very hardest not to let the stinging disappointment steal my smile. She placed a frosty glass of white wine in front of me and I eeped the best ‘thank you’ I could muster. No! Pinot. I asked for the Pinot. Clearly the simple term “Pinot” is one for…

Where Do The Aromas Come From?

So, do they put vanilla in this? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question, by friends and winery visitors alike. And while wine professionals sure do spew a lot about “flavors” and “aromas,” it actually has nothing to do with the wine and everything to do with them.

Introduction to the Art of Aeration

  Swirling. Is that really a thing? Here’s what we have to say about wine aeration. See other posts related to: First Name* Last Name Email* Be sure to double-check your spelling! This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.

To Chill or Not to Chill

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Does Wine Really Get Better with Age?

What is the “life-span” of wine? I have heard that wine gets better with age, but I have also heard that wine can spoil and go bad. How do I know the perfect time to drink a bottle of wine from my extremely modest wine cellar. – Michael W. What a wonderful conunundrum – and a valid…

Confessions and How I Officially Became a Wine Educator

I have a confession: I think I may have quite possibly accidentally become a class-attending, book-reading, expert-idolizing wine weirdo.  Moonlighting as the “Singing Wine Lady” at Sunstone Winery in 2006. It all started in spring 2005. I was working on the editorial staff of a travel magazine in Santa Barbara, and in an attempt to…

After I Open a Bottle, How Long Will it Be Good?

One Christmas my dear, sweet grandmother placed a half a bottle of wine on the table to pair with the festivities. Well, unfortunately, we’d originally opened that bottle back at Thanksgiving. It was a nice bottle. And while it would have been lovely to savor it to the very last drop, wine is a volatile liquid – constantly morphing and…

There’s Wine for That: The Foods of Summer

A sudsy brew may be your go-to beverage for a summer cookout, but if you’re wine-venturous (like how I did that?), here are some general suggestions for pairing wine (gasp!) with your finger-lickin’ summer picnic. Salads: (with fruit) Try a dry Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling; (with chicken) Chardonnay or Viognier; (with flank steak) Pinot Noir, Malbec, or…

28 Reasons You Should Have a Glass of Wine Tonight

1 You had an AWESOME day. Let’s celebrate! 2 You had a crummy day. Nothing a little wine-ing won’t fix. 3 Your day was fine. But this is your last chance to make it AWESOME! 4 You made it through the day. It’s the little things, right? 5 You seriously need a moment of Zen.…