The Perfect Pairing: Wine and Chocolate

  Nothing says amore quite like wine and chocolate. With the approaching Valentine holiday, we think it’s the perfect time to start experimenting with this classic pairing. Wine and chocolate are fermented using the same type of yeast, giving them similar properties. Their affinity for each other causes a love /hate relationship that can result […]

This Week in Wine News: Drought, Lawsuits, and Wine Condoms

The Drought is Serious In case you haven’t heard, California is in the midst of a historic drought. While the rest of the country has faced intense cold and fierce winter storms, California has remained exceptionally dry. Governor Jerry Brown declared an official drought on January 17. At wineries across the state, reservoirs are drying […]

Tastings: Possibly the BEST Black Chicken Ever

Another week has passed us by. Another week of fabulous tastings  set up for our staff to evaluate and enjoy. Every wine we taste is judged, rated, and scored. If it doesn’t meet our standards, we won’t offer it to you. We tasted wines from vineyards and wineries across Sonoma, Napa, and Anderson Valley. We […]

China’s “Red Obsession” with Bordeaux Wines

This fascinating documentary explores the prestige behind Bordeaux wines, and the struggles they face in meeting the demand of a thirsty Chinese market. “Red Obsession” weaves a tight story that explores the rich legacy of the five “first growth” Bordeaux wine Chateaux, along with the rapid growth of luxury consumerism in China, and how these […]

Weekly Tasting Roundup (Week of 11/17/13)

What did this week bring to us? How about a week of Bubbles, famous winemakers, and California winery royalty. Tuesday provided us a glimpse into Napa Royalty. In 2010, Fine Magazine did an article on classifying Napa Winers into “Growths” similar to how the French classify their Bordeaux’s. In that article they placed Heitz “Martha’s […]

Weekly Tasting Roundup (Week of 11/10/13)

This week was a special one for us here at Wine Spectrum. Not only did we hold some amazing tastings on site with Hiatus and one of our Italian importers, but we were invited to a private tasting at Flanagan Winery in the Bennet Valley AVA of Sonoma County. The beautiful wines that Flanagan produces paired beautifully with its […]

Weekly Tasting Roundup (Week of 11/03/13)

This weeks calendar featured 4 tastings which highlighting 16 different wines from 12 of the finest  producers. We were fortunate to be able to taste a broad variety of superior wine from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and ranging from crisp Chardonnays to vintage Ports. With such an amazing line up it was tough […]

Weekly Tasting Roundup (Week of 10/27/13)

With 4 days of tastings from amazing producers lined up this week , we knew that we would be in for more treat than trick this Halloween Week. This week, our Advisors got to travel the world of wine from the Grand Crus of Burgundy to what Wine Spectator calls the “Grand Crus of California”, […]