Wine Education

Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Sulfites: Controversy or Chemistry?
Tannins and Histamines are more likely causes of headaches Sauvignon Blanc is a great light-bodied wine for sensitivity drinkers “Sulfite” includes a range of materials commonly used as preservatives in the production of foods and beverages So Sulfuric Dioxide is used by most wineries to prevent spoilage and arrest fermentation Having the opportunity to work - Read More

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Move Over, Cab: California Zinfandel is In It To Win It
It may come as a surprise, but Cabernet Sauvignon is not the original California grape. That distinction belongs to Zinfandel, which reigned supreme through the Golden State until Cab surpassed it in 1998. Grown in most of California’s 58 counties, Zinfandel isn’t content playing second fiddle to Cabernet any longer. With protected pockets of old - Read More

Sunday, January 8th, 2023

Decanters as Art: Combining form and function
Unsurprisingly, the word decant is thought to have originated around the 17th century as an alchemist term meaning – to pour off the clear liquid by tipping the vessel. However, some still argue that it derives from the French – décanter – to pour from the edge of a vessel. Either definition seems appropriate, as - Read More

Monday, December 19th, 2022

Drinks of the Season: 7 Cocktails to Welcome the Holidays
Mulled Wine Mulled Wine traces its roots to Scandinavia. But there are countless versions across Europe. At its most basic, Mulled Wine combines red or a port wine with added spice, specifically clove or cinnamon. Sometimes orange peels are added, and the Swedish version includes sugar, rum, and brandy. And there are numerous variations on - Read More
lees and wine

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

What Are “Lees” and How Do They Affect Wine?
Lees are utilized in winemaking to impart “yeasty” flavors and textures of nuts, bread, and hay in white wine. Lees produce amino acids, fatty acids, and small amounts of sugar through a process called autolysis. When a winemaker stirs the lees into the wine its called bâtonnage (“bat-on-naj” in French). There are laws in place - Read More
carignan grapes

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Carignan
Bored of Grenache, Sangiovese, and all the other usual suspects? Try Carignan, a medium-bodied red with elevated acidity and an approachable price point. Traditionally used primarily as a blending grape in Southern France and Northern Spain, Carignan is starting to enjoy some single-variatal fame. Keep reading for more on the up-and-coming Carignan, including where it’s - Read More
wine ratings

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

Chasing 100 – The Mysterious Wine Ratings Explained
    Wine ratings were first introduced in the 1980s by Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate to make wine more understandable for the general consumer. While not the only rating method, his 100-point system is considered the gold standard for rating wine. Wine Ratings Explained Logically, a low-scoring wine is a bad bottle, and a - Read More

Thursday, November 24th, 2022

5 Thanksgiving Wines from 5 Countries
Lighter-bodied wines with less oak are great holiday choices Beaujolais Nouveau is released on the third Thursday of November every year Rioja is great with cranberry sauce or any baked pies Thanksgiving usually involves multiple dishes scattered throughout the table to be shared by loved ones on this special day of feasting. So, to make - Read More

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

A Day In The Life of a Harvest Intern
Happy harvest season everyone! The job of a harvest intern involves many aspects of wine industry production including the not-so-pretty parts like being covered in grape juice at the end of a shift or getting chased by bees on the crush pad. Coming from a culinary background I’ve always been surrounded by people who’ve dedicated - Read More