Can you pair wine with people?

If you have ever thrown a party with wine novices you might get asked one of the most common questions in all of winedom: What wine for when? All too often we fret over when and where to unveil our prized vintages. We finally decide to open a choice delight and...

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Stomp Your Way to a Pocket Full of Cash!

If you have ever seen the I Love Lucy episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie”, you will be familiar with the hilarious scene where she’s stomping grapes in an enormous vat and ends up covered head to toe in juice. How funny! Now is your chance to give it a try! The 2017 World...

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Hot or Cold Climate Wine?

When we talk about a wine, we discuss the fruit, the tannins, the structure, the acidity, its freshness, and balance. Sometimes we venture into discussions about the terroir, noting the minerality of a particular wine. You might chuckle inwardly as you hear someone...

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Do We Think Dry and Drink Sweet?

There is a debate raging amongst the wine marketers of the world. On one hand we have the consumers shouting about how much they love the wines we think of as typically dry—wines like merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay. The other side of the coin is the data,...

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Demystifying the Decanter

Have you ever seen somebody pour a freshly opened bottle into a decanter and wondered why they need a fancy container to pour from when the bottle is perfectly good? Well the short answer is this: decanting makes your wine better! Ok, so now that we know we should...

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Which Wine Grape Are You?

Being raised in a household of five you learn very quickly that every person is a unique individual, with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Wine grapes seem to share that quality. And like us, each one of them has it’s own characteristics that make it unlike the...

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Waiting for Rain in the Land of the Sun

During the December holidays, while our friends in Chicago and Cleveland and Buffalo and Boston groaned under the weight of ice-age-level snow storms, we here in California were complaining for a different reason: Too much sun! It hadn’t rained in months, it seemed,...

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Truth in Wine: Uncovering the Real Deal in Mendoza

On the occasion of our release of the highly-anticipated 2010 vintage of our client-favorite Don Zofanor Meritage, it’s worth exploring together what makes wine so special. Certainly wine is nothing less than what’s in the glass — and by that measure, the thoroughly...

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