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Wine

Corks or Caps

Corks or Caps

Though most commonly recognized as the best choice in closures for bottled wine, the great debate between corks and screw caps is not as black and white as you might think. Take a few minutes to understand the pros and cons of both traditional corks and metal or plastic screw caps, also known as Stelvin closures. Traditional Corks: Because they come from a tree, traditional corks are technically a renewable source, but it should be noted that cork trees take time to mature and are a limited source. The cost of a well made cork is usually about 50 cents, […]

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Nov 10, 2017

Wine

Let’s Talk Tannins…

Let’s Talk Tannins…

If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting you’ve probably heard a sommelier, bartender or wine steward talk about tannins. Some of us may understand tannins, some might have an idea of what tannins are and others are completely lost on the subject. Don’t stress! and don’t feel silly, unless you’ve taken a little bit of time to actually study wine tannins, it can be a difficult topic to understand. So lets breakdown what tannins are, where they come from, and what they taste like. What are they? Tannins are naturally occurring polyphenols found in all kinds of plants, leaves, […]

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Nov 9, 2017

Wine

All About Oak…

All About Oak…

What do oak barrels do? Before wine was commonly bottled, oak barrels were the preferred way to store, serve and transport wine. Although we no longer use oak barrels that way, the flavors and compounds they help develop in our wine is something we have grown to love. Barrel aging wine does 3 important things to our wine.. Imparts aromas like sweet tobacco, vanilla, clove and coconut Oxygenates the wine which helps make the it smoother and less astringent Creates an ideal environment for MLF (Malolactic Fermentation), which makes wine taste “creamier” It should be noted that the larger the […]

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Nov 7, 2017

Wine

A Quick Lesson In Wine Pairing

A Quick Lesson In Wine Pairing

Enhance or Balance Generally speaking, when paring food and wine you want to do one of two things. Either compliment flavors and create balance through opposite compounds OR enhance flavors by playing up shared compounds in the food and wine. Sugar & Spice (and Salt!) When looking for a wine to pair with spicy food try something on the sweeter side. One of the most well known food and wine pairings is spicy Indian or Chinese food and sweet Riesling. The spices, salt and warmth in these dishes plays well with a light sweet wine, something like a Cab or […]

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Nov 7, 2017

Wine

Rosé All Day!

Rosé All Day!

Those of us who love Rosé know what a treasure this amazing style of wine can be. The perfect amount of acidity, slight sweetness and crisp refreshing bite are exactly what you crave on a warm sunny day. Rosé is still the fastest growing wine category in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Hong Kong.  So lets take a quick look at these three affordable rosé styles and regions.  Provence Rosé Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre Taste: Dry, Cherry, Tart Raspberry, Orange Peel, Stone Fruit Price: $12 – $20+ The south of France is one of […]

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Nov 3, 2017

Wine

Howell Mountain… Napa’s First Sub-AVA

Known for its beautiful hillside vineyards and stunning views, Howell Mountain is one of Naps’s northern treasures. Designated in 1983 at Napa’s first sub-appellation, it is now one of the thirty plus sub-apellations in the valley. Prior to prohibition, the region was known for its Zinfandel grapes but by the end of the century Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were predominately planted in the area. Now know for its Bordeaux varietals and smokey fruit forwards Cabs, Howell Mountain’s ideal sun exposure, rocky well drained soil and temperate climate make it one of the most ideal grape planting areas in the Napa Valley.  […]

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Nov 3, 2017

Wine

A Wine Buying Cheat Sheet

Deciding on a bottle of wine to buy can be, at times, a bit overwhelming. Without having to check every producer and region while you’re still at your local wine shop or grocery store, heres a quick cheat sheet we’ve found useful when looking for that perfect bottle at any price point.   Keep in mind that learning more about your favorite varietals, wine making styles and regions will help make you make informed choices about the wine you buy. If you notice you enjoy Cabs from a certain AVA, do little research of your own and look for smaller […]

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Nov 1, 2017