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All I want for Christmas is… a glass of wine!

It’s been several years since I completed the first level examination with the Guild of Sommeliers but a few of my friends have asked me for holiday wine recommendations so I thought I’d brush up on my wine knowledge and share a few of my favorite New World boutique wines. Bonny Doon Vineyards: Vintner Hall… Continue reading All I want for Christmas is… a glass of wine!

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Wine and the Five Senses

** UPDATE: The damage from the recent earthquake that hit Napa Valley over the weekend impacted with wine cellar and vineyard damage (check out this tweet from David Duncan, CEO of Silver Oak). Growers are in the midst of a major harvest, brought on several weeks earlier than usual because of drought. But fortunately for… Continue reading Wine and the Five Senses

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It’s National Wine Day (as if we needed an excuse to drink)!

Today is National Wine Day! Gather your glasses, corkscrews and friends and have your own wine tasting party! Grab a few bottles of the varietals from the list below starting with mild and work your way up to dessert wines to taste the differences in mouth feel OR try tasting the same varietals from different… Continue reading It’s National Wine Day (as if we needed an excuse to drink)!

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How to read a wine label: Part Five (Spanish Wines)

I’ve shared tips on how to decipher wine labels from various regions like Chile, France, New Zealand and the United States. This week, let’s talk Spain! Spain (Classified as Old World) Grape Varieties Red: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell White: Airen, Macaebo, Albarino, Verdejo, Malvasia Spain’s premier red wine region is  Rioja and was the first region… Continue reading How to read a wine label: Part Five (Spanish Wines)

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How to read a wine label: Part Four (Chilean Wines)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing tips on how to examine wine labels from different regions. First with US wines, next France, then New Zealand. This week’s region was requested by a fellow grape geek, John. Let’s discuss Chilean wines! Chilean Wines (Classified as New World) Red grapes account for approximately 73% of… Continue reading How to read a wine label: Part Four (Chilean Wines)

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How to read a wine label: Part Three

In week one, we discussed wine labels from the United States. Week two, French wine labels. This week, I’m going back to the New World to share tips on New Zealand wines. New Zealand is the world’s easternmost and southernmost winemaking country (cool climate). New Zealand North Island Regions Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Gisborne,… Continue reading How to read a wine label: Part Three

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How to read a wine label: Part Two

Week one of my “How to read a wine label” series, I shared tips on how to read a wine label from the United States. This week, let’s focus on France! I won’t include Champagne region in this post since I’ve covered it in a previous blog post. France (Classified as Old World) Not labeled… Continue reading How to read a wine label: Part Two