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Parador Cellars: Spanish Style Wine in the Napa Valley

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Steve Ventrello founded Parador Cellars based on his ‘fantasy’ that three seemingly compatible grape varieties would marry and wined up creating an exceptional wine.  He intuited that blending the very best of his favorite varietals – Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, along with the premier grapes of Spain and Italy, Tempranillo and Sangiovese – would yield a singular wine of […]

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro

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Becoming a better wine taster is the first step in becoming a better wine buyer. Our goal today is two-fold: to be able to help you identify a wines quality and be able to detect its faults and to dispel any fears or uncertainties you might have about wine tasting. At it’s core wine tasting is […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Quince”

Find apples and pears and little too pedestrian? Perhaps quince is the fruit you’ve been searching for! This ancient fruit is thought to be the predecessor of the modern day apple. In ancient Greece, the quince was a ritual offering at weddings. A small deciduous tree bearing a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Powerful”

Today’s word is used to describe robust wines of great substance. Powerful wines can be a bit overwhelming to the palates of those who prefer their wines on the mellow side. Despite their potent nature, these wines never lack a sense of balance,  which is why this is viewed as a positive tasting descriptor. “Powerful” […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Nose”

The nose refers to the wine’s aroma, smell or bouquet sensed through the taster’s olfactory senses. The wide array of fruit, earthy, floral, herbal, mineral and woodsy flavor perceived in wine are derived from aroma notes interpreted by the olfactory bulb. Smell or a wine’s nose is a vital part of the tasting experience. Our […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Minerality”

This week’s word is one that has been growing in popularity, cropping up in tasting notes, reviews and used by critics, sommeliers, and wine makers alike. If you have been following our tasting notes series from the beginning you may be coming to the realization that many of the words we use to describe wine […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Hot”

While the term “hot” in reference to wine may bring up visions of sipping mulled wine next to a roaring fire, it actually denotes that the wine is too high in alcohol. These wines usually have an alcohol level in excess of 14.5% and lack the depth of fruit needed for balance. The result for […]