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With the legalization of cannabis throughout the states and on an international scale, it is finally starting to shake off its long-standing, unjustified stigma. There is no denying the difference it is making to millions of people who have long-suffered through health issues both physically and mentally thanks to current laws allowing its usage. Wine’s health benefits have been researched, proven and published for many years, aiding heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes, mental health and even boasts in keeping us looking younger… that is within moderate amounts. With such natural benefits...

It is undeniable that sparkling wines give special occasions extra glamor and more cause for celebration. This summer, you may be planning a party, brunch, picnic or a cosy event. If you wish to take the usual offering of sparking wines up a notch, why not consider blending your favorite bubbly into delicious cocktails? Sweeten your Moët with watermelons, which are popular thirst-quenchers during summer. Mix 1 part watermelon juice with 4 parts champagne, then squeeze in fresh lime juice for some zing. You can adjust the quantity of the...

A good wine often makes for a great gift, but a good wine backed by the star power of celebrities is definitely a dazzling present for someone special. The “Godfather” of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon has to be Francis Ford Coppola. From his vineyard, he has produced bold, well-balanced red wine with the potential to be cellared and aged. This will undoubtably be a meaningful gift for cinematic enthusiasts. Restaurateur and Food Network TV personality Guy Fieri also owns a vineyard in Sonoma County, California, named Hunt & Ryde Winery. Aficionados...

The sun is shining and you’re feeling fresh and ready to socialize. Time to send out invites for the first barbecue of the season. Maybe you want to show off your new smoker or grill and get some choice cuts of meat to do it right. Since you’re not skimping on the menu, you cannot skimp on the beverages. Here is a little help to pick the best wine pairings to show off your bbq skills even more! Aperos Green salads with fresh goat cheese/feta with vinaigrette Vintage Cava is...

Douro has long been known as port country, renowned for its production of fortified wine, but from this exciting UNESCO world heritage region in Portugal, you can also find good value table wines, from red to white to rosé. The development of the Portuguese wine culture has not been as open as its neighbors in Spain or further up in France. Many of its grapes still come from old vines. In the Douro Valley, the same grapes used for making port are also used to produce red wine. These are...

If you think cellaring wine is the hobby of an expert connoisseur, think again. With some research on how to choose wines for ageing and by following a few golden rules, you might find yourself opening a bottle of truly spectacular wine a few years down the road. When it comes to ageing wine, acidity is important since wine loses acidity with time. Therefore a wine containing high acidity can be cellared. Red wine also ages beautifully due to the polyphenols in the wine, which limits the chemical reactions that...

Spring time calls for fun, easy-to-drink wines, with a minerality that is refreshing and clean,reminding one of green grass, citrus fruits and flowers awakening after a long sleep in the cold. Flirty, light and aromatic, what a wonderful way to welcome spring. White wine tastes best when the days become longer and the sun finally shines through. Albariño is always a good bet. Pagos del Rey’s Pulpo Albariño is smooth to drink, pairing superbly well with appetizers and snacks as well as seafood and pasta. This is a mild-bodied wine with...

Let’s take a closer look at both red and white Zinfandel wine and learn the secrets to picking out your favorite styles. Why is White Zinfandel so popular? White Zinfandel is often the very first wine someone tries. Today, close to 85% of the total Zinfandel production is White Zin! As much as wine snobs bash it, White Zinfandel offers everything a beginner might want: low alcohol – 9-10% ABV low calories – 125 calories per 6 oz. serving pleasing sweet taste At $5 a bottle White Zinfandels taste fine,...

New Year’s Resolutions don’t all have to be about losing weight and going to the gym. Why not this year make some resolutions that you’ll stick to? Obviously if you’re here reading this, then you love wine so I say that we all make resolutions that we’ll stick to because they’re on a topic we love – wine! As they say, life’s too short to drink bad wine – so here’s a dozen wine New Year Resolutions to make the year ahead a good one (and maybe a little bit...

Not everyone eats turkey on Thanksgiving or roast beef on Christmas, but the theme of winter seasonal vegetables and roasted foods are common. So what are the best wines for the holidays? Instead of listing brands, this article focuses on the food pairing methodology that leads to the best pairings. You’ll be able to choose your holiday wine like a pro! Christmas Wine There are several classic dishes served at Christmas including: Ham Turkey Roast Beef Winter Vegetables and roasted sides including gratin and casserole Since Christmas has several traditional...