Monthly Archives: January 2017

How Many Grapes in Your Glass of WIne?

wine grapes dripping juice into a glass

Here at Wine Spectrum we get to taste hundreds of wines every year. One of the most interesting questions we get asked by our clients is how many grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine? Why do some bottles cost a lot, while others cost a little? Well, it all depends on how […]

Anderson Valley AVA – California Wine Country’s Neighbors to the North

Anderson Valley AVA map

Anderson Valley is located in the rolling hills of the coastal region of Mendocino County, about two hours north of San Francisco. Only fifteen miles long, this beautiful valley is home to a unique group of vineyards and wineries producing a broad range of excellent wines including world class Pinot Noir, Sparkling and Alsace Varietals. […]

Meet the Winemaker: Justin Lattanzio

Justin Lattanzio with wineglass and theif around wine barrels

We were first intorduced to Justin Lattanzio’s wines in late 2016 and they have quickly become a favorite of both our staff and clients. The Umino Vineyard Pinot sold out in record time and took the number two spot in our 2016 top 100 wines. Justin’s approach to winemaking is simple: to seek out a handful […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Zesty”

So we’ve arrived at the end of our wine vocabulary journey, the end of the alphabet that is, don’t worry though there are still plenty of wine words out there for you to discover! Zesty is a word used to describe wine with lively flavor characteristics, with noticeable acidity and citrus notes. We find this […]

Is this the Most Sustainable Winery in Napa?

Honig Vineyard and Winery

Sustainable winegrowing practices protect our soil, air and water – elements that breathe life, and ultimately flavor, into our grapes and wines. Being good stewards of the land and good neighbors are principles many wineries and vineyards live by each and every day. Adopting environmentally and socially responsible practices and making them an integral part of how […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Yeasty”

Fresh baked bread, brioche, warm sourdough rolls, and baguettes…What do these baked goods and your favorite bottle of bubbly have in common? The answer: Yeast! These micro organisms are responsible for making our bread rise and wine sparkle. Sparkling wines have extended contact with yeast during the fermentation process which is what gives us the yeasty or […]

The Oakville AVA – Home of the Biggest Names in Wine

map of Oakville AVA

EXCEPTIONAL NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON: In the very heart of the Napa Valley lies the town of Oakville. Once a steam train stop in the late 1800s, Oakville owes its name to the dense groves of native oak which once blanketed the area. One hundred years later, the Oakville name is synonymous with excellence in winemaking. […]