Tales From The Cellar

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The Season for Rosé Wines has arrived!

How Rosé Wines are Made-Rosé is French for “pink.” Rosés are made from red grapes, but the juice and skins are only in contact for a short time (anywhere from a few hours to several days) before...

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German Sparkling Wines

Being a huge fan of all Sparkling Wines from around the world, I never get tired of searching for great new sparkling finds. That brings me to Germany, which has a long and very successful history of sparkling...

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Sherry – Food’s Best Friend

Working at a wine shop, we are often asked to suggest wines that pair well with food. Some pairings are tried and true and can always be relied on (i.e. Cabernet and grilled steak), but other times, the...

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Domaine Coursodon – A Great Producer in St. Joseph

Over the years we have had a number of great wines from the Northern Rhone, but I must say I have been consistently enamored by the exquisite bottlings from Domaine Coursodon, located in the southern portion...

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A Visit from Old Friends

I returned from my lunch break a couple weeks back and stopped in the tasting room to see what prospects I had missed and was initially disappointed to see only two bottles that I knew I hadn’t tried....

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Great News for California Cab Lovers!

The 2012 Vintage Cabernet Sauvignons are starting to hit the shelves, and it’s great news for Cabernet fans. The 2012 vintage was a spectacular growing season; ideal harvest, no frosts, and mild spring...

Viognier Blog

Only Viognier Allowed!

Viognier is a white grape that has an interesting story.  In the 1980's there were only 80 acres of Viognier planted in the entire world, and it was in danger of going extinct. Almost all of it was...

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Lesser Known Wines of Italy

There are hundreds and hundreds of native grape varieties in Italy. Unfortunately, the majority of them are not very well known or appreciated by wine lovers simply because of smaller distribution (many...

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Grower Champagne aka ‘Farmer-Fizz”

Grower Champagne aka ‘Farmer-Fizz” (named by the famous importer Terry Theise) Grower Champagne is Champagne made by the person’s name on the label, not from a négociant or large Champagne house. ...

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Real Deal Wines

Now that the holidays are over and you have fond memories of those so called “special wines,” you know, the ones most of us don’t ordinarily spend that much for, it’s time to come back to reality....