Tales From The Cellar

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Washington Wines that ‘Wow!’

In the world of wine, there are always “up and coming” areas of production. A region that has the ability to make world class wines but doesn’t have the public’s full attention. The average consumer...

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Picnic Wines

With  the days getting warmer, sunnier and longer it’s fun to spend more time outdoors and perhaps go on a little picnic. And whether you’re picnicking in the park or just in your backyard, it’s...

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Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA

In this blog, I want to talk about a favorite wine region that I like within the Napa Valley; The Rutherford AVA (America Viticultural Area). It is an area that is known for its Cabernet Sauvignons, but...

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Vintage(s) of a Lifetime

We are here not to tout the most recent transcendent harvest but rather to celebrate the variety of styles that occur in vintages over the course of a lifetime. It is always a bit precarious to make buying...

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The Rise of the Phoenix – Matahiwi Estate Winery, New Zealand

When I first became interested in wine many years ago, it was the sense of discovery that drew me in. And that still holds true today even after thirty years in the retail wine trade. Obviously, constantly...

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Alto Adige Wines

Trentino–Alto Adige is the northernmost Italian wine region, comprising two areas with very different personalities: the Germanic Alto Adige, or Südtirol, and right below it the more Italian but still...

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Nebbiolo Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco

When people think of the Nebbiolo grape, the majority think of Barolo and Barbaresco as the most well known expressions of this varietal and the most prestigious wines made from that grape. But they are...

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Exotic Liqueurs to Spice up Your Next Cocktail Party

The world of cocktails is full of classic drinks: manhattans, martinis, cosmos to cuba libres. Most cocktail fans have had the opportunity to try these tried and true drinks dozens of times and know them...

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Pinot Noir Picks

Now that we are all hopefully recovered from those hectic holidays, including all those fabulous dinners and wines, it might seem reasonable to maintain a gradual path back to reality. It’s like when...

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Best Wine Buys

In writing my first blog for Beltramo’s, I wanted to discuss a bit about the wine buying philosophies of our Domestic and International Buyers and point out some of the “Best Wine Buys” that I have...