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A Tribute to One of California’s Most Beloved Vintners Ulises Valdez

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , |

Ulises Valdez, one of California's most beloved vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early Wednesday morning of a heart attack.  He was 49. Valdez was widely considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard managers in California. He was equally regarded as one of the most [...]

2016 Rhones: The Vintage of the Generation

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , |

AN EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE: OPULENT FRUIT, MELTING TANNINS, AND ENERGETIC FRESHNESS 2016 is a roaring success in the Rhône. It follows the excellent 2015 whose release saw an upsurge in interest in this classic French region of diverse expression. Where 2015 produced Northern Rhône Syrahs of remarkable depth and complexity, 2016 [...]

In Memory of the ‘King of Zinfandel’ Kent Rosenblum

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , |

Tributes have been pouring in since it was announced that Kent Rosenblum, the good natured veterinarian from Minnesota turned winemaking icon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night from complications following knee replacement surgery.  He was 74. Kent, a pioneer in the modern California Zinfandel movement,  was just a vet living in [...]

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, [...]