Tales From The Cellar

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....

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Bottle Share at Beltramo’s

We are excited to announce our first bottle share at Betramo’s! It will take place on January 18th from 3-5 PM. There is no charge for the event, other than that you come with a bottle in hand! For...

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GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNES

The classification of Champagne vineyards was developed in the mid-20th century as a means of setting the price of grapes grown through the villages of the Champagne wine region. The classification of...

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Favorite Wines

The holidays make us think of our ‘favorite things” and this idea inspired me to write about my most recent “favorites wines.”  I have reflected on my last few purchases and what I paired with...

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Ciders with Supper

Cold beer and white wine are almost Pavlovian choices when it comes to refreshment. We give the kids sparkling apple juice before they are of age, but what if people desire a more adult version of what...

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Wines of Veneto

Wines from the Veneto region in the north-eastern part of Italy have been always one of my favorites. They are made using a unique method of production in which grapes are kept in special drying rooms...

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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?...