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Surprise! Chilean Merlot isn’t Merlot!

Surprise!  Chilean Merlot isn’t Merlot!

Indeed, the title says it clearly and no, it’s not a joke.  It is, however, a bit of a history lesson in the premium wine industry.  Some of you may be sitting there saying “Yeah right, Merlot is Merlot, how can it be anything else?”.  Well, read on dear Watson, because I’m about to take you on a short trip through history and across the globe. Carmenere and French History Around 300 years ago, Carmenere was a well-known, though not necessarily a well-loved variety of grapes grown in the French countryside.  These grapes were grown alongside Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, though […]

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Dec 21, 2016

Our Journey

Get out and participate in a Wine Walk!

If you have never participated in a Wine Walk before, now is a great time to start!  Although these events are generally scheduled during the warmer months, you can still get out there and research on when the events will happen in your area in the future! What the heck is a Wine Walk? A wine walk is exactly what it sounds like.  A bunch of folks walking around town, enjoying each others company, and tasting some amazing glasses of wine.  Sound too good to be true?  Keep reading! How much does it cost? On average, the fee to participate […]

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Dec 20, 2016

Our Journey

Why choose a Merlot?

Premium wine enthusiasts around the world get together at special events, galas, and even in small family dens to celebrate and discuss the many types of wine available across the globe.  Whether they are participating in a Wine Walk or enjoying a glass at home, one thing is clear, they LOVE their wine. This leads to the question of what is special about each wine.  Why does one person enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon while another prefers Chianti?  The answer comes down to each person’s palette.  While I absolutely love Merlot, there are those who dislike the taste. If you love historical […]

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Dec 20, 2016

Our Journey

Craft beer popularity is on the rise and the breweries are booming in Florida

Craft beer popularity is on the rise and the breweries are booming in Florida

Craft beers began to see a rise in popularity over the past decade and the reason is not what everyone believes it to be. Sure, we’ve all seen how Icky IPA and others have increased sales over time, but what really set off the craft beer resurgence is home brewing. As people around the world slowly found an interest in home-crafted brews, the customer base for home kits grew rapidly. However, home kits are only going to provide enough beer for the purchaser and perhaps a friend or two. This posed an issue, as people’s taste for craft beers started […]

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Dec 20, 2016

Our Journey

Wow ! What a great dark beer !

Wow !  What a great dark beer !

  Do you like big, dark beers? Well, have I got one for you ! At the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, http://www.WestPalmBeer.com we love big, dark craft beers ! But, we also love to sample our competition. And to give praise when it is deserved. The Dogfish Head World Wide Stout is a “very dark beer”. https://www.dogfish.com/ The World Wide Stout is also only available very limitedly. Some friends who are not in the craft beer industry could not purchase more than 2 of them. The cost at my friends’ Whole Foods?  $10 a 16 ounce bottle. The alcohol? […]

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Dec 18, 2016

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Bringing great wine to West Palm Beach (and craft beer, too !)

Bringing great wine to West Palm Beach (and craft beer, too !)

 So, everyone seems to want to know what great wines they can expect to try at the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, http://www.WestPalmBeer.com slated to open April, 2017. Here is a list of wines which we are working on, which we expect to pour by the glass, and sell by the bottle and case in the tap room at 332 Evernia Street and in the outdoor beer garden. This list may, indeed, will, change. 2015 Los Carneros Chardonnay 2014 Rutherford (Napa) Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Ballard Canyon Syrah 2015 Santa Ynez Grenache 2015 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Dad’s Blend (Napa […]

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Dec 18, 2016

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Merus Makes Super 2nd Wine Altus

Merus Makes Super 2nd Wine Altus

  I have enjoyed Merus Wines for some time, and have a number of their vintages in my wine cellar.  I have visited Merus, https://www.meruswines.com/, brought friends to the Napa tasting room, and have gotten to know their sales staff and employees.  Great folks; great wine.  Really good story. In fact, I remember reading about Merus in the New York Times magazine years ago.  It was an AMAZING piece about a “cult” wine being made in one’s garage that took off. Well, since then, I have added a number of vintages to my collection, Merus was sold, and is now […]

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Dec 18, 2016

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Cigar City Jai Alai Offers Consistently Great IPA

Cigar City Jai Alai Offers Consistently Great IPA

 So, no beer, or I should say that no varietal of craft beer, has changed consumers’ taste in beer more so that a hoppy IPA .  That may be why some consultants in the beer industry, or the CRAFT beer industry, believe that IPAs account for 40% of craft beer sales. Here in Florida, we are blessed with some great craft breweries. Sure, we are still a relative “newcomer”, compared to North Carolina, California and Colorado. Agreed. But there is one hoppy IPA in Florida that consumers love .   Repeatedly.   Cigar City Brewing Company’s Jai Alai.  ttps://cigarcitybrewing.com/beer/jai-alai-ipa/ This […]

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Dec 18, 2016

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Founders Brewery makes great Imperial Stout

Founders Brewery makes great Imperial Stout

 Do you like Imperial Stouts?  If so, check out this one by Founders Brewing Company https://foundersbrewing.com/. At the West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault , http://www.WestPalmBeer.com  they love big, dark beers. “The two biggest craft beers that have put this industry over the top are the hoppy IPA and the big stout” said Dan Galasso, who is aiming to open downtown West Palm Beach’s first craft brewery, tap room and wine vault by April 1, 2017. “I love stouts and porters.  Founders has been a favorite of mine for some time now, and to try their Imperial Stout in a bottle […]

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Dec 17, 2016

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What South Florida brewery can I bring my own food to?

What South Florida brewery can I bring my own food to?

Foodies are passionate about food and wine, and, yes, often, craft beer!  And we KNOW that craft beer lovers throughout South Florida LOVE their locally made, artisanal micro-brews. And, we should all agree, that often, when we drink great craft beer, or sip premium Napa wine, we want a bite to eat. So, why don’t more Florida breweries serve food on the premises? Well, many just don’t want to run a restaurant. ….Or handle food…. and spend the time, focus and money to get the brewery or tap room inspected by the health department because you have to, then, jump through […]

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Dec 17, 2016