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October 17th, 2016|

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Movie Musicals Were Made For Wine!

September 27th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

movie-musicals-were-made-for-wine_blogMovie musicals have been around for quite a while: since 1930 if you count The Jazz Singer (an early talkie with some songs), or 1929 if you’re in The Broadway Melody camp (the first “genuine” musical, folding singing and dancing into the plot). Musicals peaked in popularity and extravagance during the 1930s, with the stylish innovation of directors Ernst Lubitsch—who shot films without sound [...]

Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

September 20th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

mclaren-vale_blogMcLaren Vale—the birthplace of South Australia’s wine industry—is located 45 minutes south of Adelaide, yet has a distinctly Mediterranean feel. An artsy enclave of wineries, boutique breweries, and innovative culinary gems, McLaren Vale’s breezy beach lifestyle is focused on local producers and sustainability. The region’s warm, dry climate and wide range of soil types have allowed it to produce not only famed Shiraz wines, [...]

International Grenache Day

September 16th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

international-grenache-day_blogWondering why the 2010 Grenache Symposium dubbed the third Friday of September International Grenache Day?? Um…maybe because Grenache is awesome, due to its uncredited, mouthfeel-improving influence on blends throughout the wine world. The most widely planted red grape on earth, Grenache could also be considered the most eco-friendly, courtesy of the long, sturdy roots that reach deep into subterranean water tables and make it [...]

California Wine Month

September 2nd, 2016|

by Sarah Shotwell

California Wine Month_blogHere in California wine country, we are in the thick of harvest! Fruit is coming in by the hopper-full, harvest interns are crushing, filtering, and doing punchdowns and pump-overs, and winemakers are working their fingers to the bone to see our 2016 vintage come to fruition after a much-needed wet year here on our drought-ridden coast! If you’ve never been to California [...]

Celebrate Pinot Noir!

August 25th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

Celebrate Pinot Noir_BlogPinot Noir is a delight every day of the year, but August 18th has officially been designated National Pinot Noir Day here in the United States. Presumably meant to be a day of reflection on how this great grape and wine has enriched our lives, we also assume it is meant to include the imbibing of a glass or two of its [...]

Celebrate Rio 2016 With Brazilian Wine!

August 16th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

Celebrate Rio_blogThe Summer Olympics are finally here!!! THESE are the good games, where you can actually see the athletes’ faces and bodies in all of their exquisitely-toned glory, not the disappointing Winter games, where all of the participants look like Deadpool. In honor of the many years of training these athletes have endured to arrive in Rio, we recommend stepping up your drinking game [...]

Clinking Buddies: Raise A Glass To National Friendship Day!

August 9th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

Friendship Day_blogFriendship forms the quiet architecture of our lives, yet is often pushed far below family and romantic partners in the hierarchy of social importance. Unfair? Hallmark sure thought so, back in 1919 when it founded National Friendship Day. The market for this holiday dried up by 1940, but friendships continued to exist without cards until Winnie the Pooh literally saved the day in [...]

Think Rosé Is Passé? Try Vino Azul, Spain’s New Blue Wine

July 26th, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

Blue Wine_blogThere is a certain existential dread attached to the notion of perfection: how useless indeed would one’s multitude of snide opinions and unrealistic suggestions be, if they dangled over the yawning mouth of nirvana?? Well, never fear: a group of six entrepreneurial Spaniards looked at the perfection of the entire history of wine—specifically its shameful offering of only “red” or “white” as colors—and [...]

Because Bubbles: Fizz Out With Sparkling Reds This Summer

July 22nd, 2016|

by Paullette Gaudet

sparkling reds_BlogsThere is very little in this world that carbonation can’t improve (see: water, apple juice), but it has somehow taken a fair bit of time for sparkling red wines to hit their stride in this country. Yes, Lambrusco got an ill-deserved reputation in the 70’s and 80’s for some imported iterations being cheap and sweet, but it is actually a complex wine of [...]

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