Monthly Archives: February 2014

AVA Spotlight: Knights Valley

One of the five original Sonoma County AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas), the Knights Valley was made an official AVA on October 21 1983. Other than producing some of the most sought after Cabernet’s the Knight’s Valley offers a rich history to be explored. The History: Nestled in the narrow valley bordering the Mayacamas mountain range […]

This week in wine news: Bordeaux Fraud, Rising Demand for US Imports

US Producers Lift Non-European Wine Values Liv-ex reported on its blog that while Bordeaux indices have dropped by a few percentage points, certain US labels have led the charge behind a significant rise of 16.5% on the “Rest of the World 50 Index”. Two producers led the US growth – Opus One and Dominus. In […]

Last week in wine news: Celebrating Syrah, What the Drought Means for Wine & a Bottle Smashing Ghost

The Rise of Syrah It seems like Syrah has been getting a lot of love lately, and some of our most recent tastings included wonderful examples, including those from Russian Hill Estate. NY Times writer Eric Asimov writes about the varietal, and explains how in the past few years, Syrah has matured past the one-dimensional […]

Last week in wine news: Celebrating Syrah, What the Drought Means for Wine & a Bottle Smashing Ghost

The Rise of Syrah It seems like Syrah has been getting a lot of love lately, and some of our most recent tastings included wonderful examples, including those from Russian Hill Estate. NY Times writer Eric Asimov writes about the varietal, and explains how in the past few years, Syrah has matured past the one-dimensional […]

The Perfect Pairing: Wine and Chocolate

  Nothing says amore quite like wine and chocolate. With the approaching Valentine holiday, we think it’s the perfect time to start experimenting with this classic pairing. Wine and chocolate are fermented using the same type of yeast, giving them similar properties. Their affinity for each other causes a love /hate relationship that can result […]