Tales From The Cellar

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Grape Varieties You May Not Know

It is estimated that there are more than 5,000 grape varieties in currant wine production. And (though it’s nearly impossible) I’m on a mission to find and try as many as I can. Sounds crazy, right?...

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Bubbles off the Beaten Path – with Dinner!

These days I hear a lot of customers say, “We like to serve a Champagne or Sparkling Wine as the main dinner wine, not just with appetizers.” This certainly makes sense as there are a number of great...

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Beltramo’s Fall Evening Tasting Schedule

In addition to our weekly Saturday tastings, in the fall, we open up our Tasting Room for a number of special events.  We design these tastings around exceptional vintages, special winery guest speakers,...

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The Japanese 12s: Whisky

With the increasing popularity of American Whiskey as well as Single Malts from Scotland, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find some of our favorites and while others remain available, for the...

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Bordeaux Wines are back!

Chevalier, Bernadotte, Croix de Gay, Chateau Gloria and many more! After a long trip across the Atlantic Ocean, an influx of wonderful Bordeaux selections has finally arrived at our doors! The selections...

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Glossop’s

Just hitting the shelves are some unique, premium Bar Syrups from Los Angeles.  These small batch cocktail mixers are made with the home bar-tender in mind to make cocktail mixing easy whether you are...

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Sake Basics

Sake Blog The month of August for me was all about Sake. I went to Seattle to attend the Society of Wine Educators Conference where I took a 3-hour seminar on Sake. I’ve always wondered how does one...

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An Old Austrian Proverb

A friend told me recently that his father had always told him “I can’t drink water when I eat, it’s an insult to the food”, which I thought was a delightful way of saying that food should be enjoyed...

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BOLGHERI – Super Tuscans

Bolgheri, nestled in the foothills of the Colline Metallifere mountains, is just miles from the Tuscan coast.  Here the rock strewn and rather poor looking soils give birth to some of Italy’s finest...

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New Arrivals from Greece

My introduction to Greek wines began a few years ago with red wine made from the Agiorgitiko grape (also known as St.George), and it was “love from first sip”. From that time, I have tried to explore...