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

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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 to be right in the […]

A Campaign for Cork: Why we should keep popping bottles

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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 cork stoppers over wooden plugs. […]

Find the Perfect Wine and Cheese Pairing

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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, or dry, you can bet […]

Battle of the Bubbly: Champagne vs. Prosecco

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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 have never had a glass […]

Joseph Swan Celebrates 50 Years of Great Winemaking

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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 Swan, producing elegant Pinot Noirs […]

All About the White Wine Region of Alsace

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Alsace (say it with us: ah-ZAHS) is a predominantly white wine region in the Rhine River Valley in northeastern France, with Germany and Switzerland for neighbors. Throughout this 10-mile-wide, 80-mile-long strip you’ll find aromatic whites at the ready, including the fab five: your dry Riesling, spicy Gewurztraminer, the always easy-to-drink Pinot Blanc, earthy Pinot Gris, and elegant, sparkling Crémant d’Alsace. […]

Four Mondavi Sisters Continuing Family Tradition with Dark Matter Wines

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Four sisters, all fourth generation of Mondavi family and grand-daughters of late Peter Mondavi Sr., among many other roles they play in the family wineries and outside, together they are also running an independent boutique winery in Napa Valley- called Dark Matter, where they produce unusual long-aged wines made from their immediate family’s vineyards. In addition, […]

Cru Beaujolais is the Next Wine to Watch

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I’ve tasted the future of Cru Beaujolais and it is good. The wines of this oft-maligned region are changing fast. A renewed emphasis on quality is propelling these 100-percent Gamay wines onto the radar screens of collectors and drinkers alike. And the crus—the villages in the north of the region—are leading the way. A Beaujolais […]

Wine Lesson: Identifying Corked Wine

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One of the questions we get a lot is how to tell if a wine is corked. Corked wine is something we’ve all heard of, but you may not know if you’ve ever actually encountered it. We’re going to break down what it means when a wine is ‘corked’ and what you should do when […]

WaterMark Wines: Napa’s Best Kept Secret from the Winemaker of Diamond Creek Vineyards

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WaterMark Wine is a small longtime under-the-radar boutique winery run by Phil Steinschriber. Phil is also winemaker for the much coveted Cabernet Sauvignons of Diamond Creek Vineyards and because of his long history (35+ years) working in the wine industry in the Napa Valley has access to the best fruit sources, which he uses to […]