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”The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” ~ Benjamin Franklin There is a positive rainbow of wines in the world, but none so sweet and fair as those that are deemed white. Make no mistake, white wines are rarely if every truly white in color, but instead are beautiful varieties of straw-yellow, gold, or yellow-green. White Wine Day was created to help celebrate this wine that stands out from all others.   History of White...

The word ‘Cabernet’ slips so easily off most people’s lips we forget that in the 1950’s, most Americans didn’t even know what Cabernet Sauvignon was. In the mid-century, Americans felt that Cabernet Sauvignon was too difficult to pronounce. So now that Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay have become the norm it’s time to get familiarized with some new wine grapes. Get your glasses ready. Sémillon wine is loved for its full body, like Chardonnay, but with flavors closer to Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. It’s an important blending component in White...

The world of sparkling wines is vast and varied, extending far beyond the borders of Champagne, France. Today, just about every wine growing country is producing fine, high quality sparklers. So don’t limit yourself in a world of options and feel free to check out some of these great Champagne alternatives! What are your options? Champagne Made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, this is the gold standard of sparkling wine. Styles range from lean and crisp with lots of lemon, green apple and stony minerality to rich and...

Happy Birthday America. We raise a glass and toast our collective history and accomplishments. What’s in that glass? For me and fellow wine lovers, it sure won’t be beer. July 4th is a time to celebrate our great country and wines made on American soil. From burgers to fried chicken and apple pie, we’ll be feasting on a typical American menu. The wine should also be as American as the food. Shrimp on the Barbie Shrimp on a skewer, whether wrapped in bacon or straight-up, are a perfect appetizer prepared...

If you’re wondering why I’m devoting a post to Lambrusco you obviously haven’t tasted the real thing and today, Lambrusco Day, is your ideal opportunity to try it. Forget the weedy, sickly-sweet lambruscos you may have tasted in your youth - authentic lambrusco secco is seductively crimson, frothy and totally dry. Lambrusco is not only the collective name of several indigenous red grape varieties, such as Sorbara, Grasparossa, Salamino, Marani, Maestri, Montericco, Groppello Ruberti, Viadanese, and Barghi – to mention the 9 most common Lambrusco varieties grown in Emilia (Emilia-Romagna) and Mantova (Lombardy), it’s...

If you´re a chocolate lover, and you also happen to have a love for wine, then these pairings are going to blow your mind! Either if you´re planning a romantic dinner or you´re just planning to indulge yourself, wine and chocolate can be perfectly paired, but you do need to know how to make the right choice, this way you will have no regrets and will definitely enjoy more than you have imagined. I, personally, am a red wine type of person, and luckily for me, red wine is what...

Chardonnay is a grape variety that originated in Burgundy, France, and is now grown in most wine regions throughout the world. The chardonnay grape is also a major grape for the production of Champagne and sparkling wines and is one of the most widely planted grape varieties.   In the 80’s Chardonnay was on fire. People were buying it so fast wine merchants were having a hard time keeping their shelves stocked. Wineries were doing everything they could to increase production and things went bad…really bad. Some got careless and...

What's the best remedy for a long work week? Sauvignon Blanc!     Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It is possibly a descendant of Savagnin. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component...

The word has always gone around that if you aren’t eating like the French, you aren’t eating at all. And the French love themselves some good cheese and well, unquestionably have a profound love for wine. Well, why wouldn’t they? Wine and cheese go together like Bonnie and Clyde, and are perfect for an evening soiree to match up with some classy music, but ask any wine lover around that even though this is the most exquisite and tasteful grouping, there are just some set of rules to pick out...

A serious, well-coordinated international celebration. Like an army strike, if that army just wanted you to drink good Malbec. Malbec World Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Amongst his selection, was Malbec. Pouget continued experimenting with the adaptation of French varietals to Argentina’s diverse terroirs. A decade later, France...