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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

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5 Tips and Tricks for Storing Wine

5 Tips and Tricks for Storing Wine

1. Keep It Cool As with most alcohol, heat is not your friend. The most ideal temperature for wine to be stored at is between 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Any time you keep wine over 70 degrees for an extended period of time, you run the risk of compromising the wines structure and even speeding up the aging process. So, if you don’t want your wine to fall apart before you’ve had the chance to enjoy it, keep that temp low. 2. Stay Consistent When storing wine, consistency is key. Major fluctuations in temperature, wether it be hot or cold, will also lead […]

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Oct 31, 2017

Wine

Why Do We Decant?

  It’s something most of us should be doing to our wines. Here’s a quick breakdown of why we decant wines and the quickest most effective way to get your wine, opened, aerated and ready to enjoy!    WHY: Decanting any wine (especially a big tannic red) will help open the wine up and let you better enjoy the aromas and flavors the bottle has to offer. Think about how much flavor is in each SMALL bottle of wine, giving that juice a moment to breathe and literally touch oxygen again can really change what you experience in the glass. […]

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Oct 30, 2017

Wine

Understanding Weird Wine Flavors

Understanding Weird Wine Flavors

Every bottle of wine tells a story. Regardless of the price point, we look in every glass for something we enjoy, something familiar, and possibly even something we might avoid in the future. Although many aromas and flavors in wine are liken to fruit or grapes, we love wine because it is so much more than that. The oak, the yeast, and the fermentation tanks all impart complex flavors and aromas that truly make each glass of wine an adventure. So let’s break down a couple of the more “funky flavors” in wine. Understanding these compounds and their characteristics might […]

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Oct 28, 2017

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