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The Best Wine Pairings for Football Season and Tailgating

By | September 5th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Most of us insist on beer at a tailgate. That's how the knee jerks, anyway. But there are great wine pairings for football and we are on a mission to bring together the disparate fan domains of football and wine. Because a good red will bring out the flavor in [...]

The Explosion of Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Grape

By | August 29th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , |

Native to Bourgogne, the Pinot Noir grape is a mysterious and complex varietal. It is the raw material of the greatest Bourgogne red wines, and has thus played a key role in the region’s worldwide reputation. It is the quintessential interpreter of terroir, and is capable of capturing every nuance of [...]

Parador Cellars: Spanish Style Wine in the Napa Valley

By | August 24th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

The Most Popular Wines in Every State

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

There’s something special about wine. Whether you’re ending the workday with a glass of Chianti while you cook or sipping crisp Chardonnay in your favorite restaurant, the mere act of opening the bottle lends a sense of celebration. To determine which types of wine are most popular by state – [...]

We’ve got front row seats to this week’s Washington Wine Auction

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , |

IF ONE WERE to fashion an All-Star Game for the Washington wine industry, it might just be the Private Barrel Auction during the annual Auction of Washington Wines happening this weekend. This trade only event reads like a who's who of the Washington wine industry and we are lucky enough [...]

A Campaign for Cork: Why we should keep popping bottles

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , |

No one is completely sure who first came up with the idea for cork stoppers, though legend holds that it was the 17th-century monk Dom Pérignon. Perhaps he does deserve the credit; perhaps some other cellar master was the first to abandon convention and seal his glass wine bottles with [...]

Find the Perfect Wine and Cheese Pairing

By | August 10th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , , |

Peanut butter and jelly. Soup and salad. Pizza and beer. There are many great pairings in the world of food, but wine and cheese pairing might be the greatest of them all.  Each is delicious on its own, but when you pair the two, magic can happen. Be it tannic, light, sweet, [...]

8 Years in the Desert : A New Wine from Dave Phinney and Orin Swift

By | August 10th, 2018|Categories: Spotlight, Varietals, Winemakers|Tags: , , , , |

Wine lovers across the country may not know him by name, but they have seen and drank his wines. They are everywhere, from grocery stores to high-end wine shops. Even the wine-curious, that know his many brands, such as the Prisoner and Orin Swift, know little about the mind behind [...]

Battle of the Bubbly: Champagne vs. Prosecco

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes you can’t help but want to enjoy a glass of fine wine or bubbly with dinner in the evening, but with so many choices stocking the shelves, it can be hard to decide which one you would like the most when it comes to taste and aroma. Whether you [...]

Joseph Swan Celebrates 50 Years of Great Winemaking

By | August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Many of today’s wine drinkers might not have heard the story of Joseph Swan, but you probably know of a winery named Joseph Swan Vineyards in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Before there was a Burt Williams and Ed Selyem making cult Pinot Noirs in the Russian River Valley, there was Joe [...]