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What Exactly is a Rosé Wine

If you were under the impression pink wines are syrupy-sweet blends of red and white wine, you aren’t alone – thanks to the reputation of White Zinfandel. As it turns out, pink wines can be dry or sweet, and are made from red grapes. Unlike traditional red wines, rosés (pronounced roh-say) get their pale hue from…

Roses are Red, and Wine is Too

With the big day fast approaching, you may be wondering, “What kind of bouquet do I get for my dear Valentine?” This is a perfect opportunity to pop open an elegant, floral bottle of bubbles, such as a Prosecco. Or may we recommend a lovely arrangement of lavender and herbes de Provence via a bottle…

What’s the Deal with Wine Blends?

One of our followers wrote in: “What’s the deal with the cheap wine blends in the grocery store? Are they kind of like sandwiches made with Thanksgiving leftovers?” Yep – that’s exactly right! There is a growing number of wine blends on the market, all with super-cool labels and irresistibly mysterious names. And I mean, irresistible:…

7 Tips for Winning with Wine This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is special. How nice to have a major holiday that, instead of revolving around gift giving, revolves around sharing and caring. Surely, you never feel overwhelmed by the pressures of cooking, and, heaven forbid, selecting the perfect wine. Right?! Well, if presenting your guests with your supermarket wine selection feels something like walking over…

Open Sesame: What Openers Do the Pros Use?

In my wine 101 workshops, I say the first step in tasting wine is “see.” And with a harmonic chorus of ohhs and ahhs, we all look at the wine in our glasses and discuss what we observe. There’s only one problem: Technically, I lied. The first step is getting the #@*$ bottle open. I know, I…

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

Watch for our tips about the ideal temperature to serve wine. 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.

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…