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Bigger is Better

Bigger really is better.   At least when it comes to your wine bottle.   Large format wine bottles really are better for the wine because they slow the aging process. Remember, oxygen seeps in through the cork and ages the wine, but sometimes could damage it. In a larger bottle, one cork to more…
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If You’re a Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo Fan, Try the Greek Grape Xinomavro

And we really mean listen up – because you are going to want to hear the pronunciation of the Greek grape Xinomavro (ksee-NOH-mah-vroh). It’s the predominant grape grown in the Macedonia and Naoussa, which is the northern part of Greece, and is one of the country’s most exciting discoveries. Xinomavro, actually means "acid-black," though much…
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Host a Super-Simple Wine Tasting

Wine tastings are so fun and can be super easy to pull together.   Oh sure, you can hold a formal tasting.  Line glasses up on a preprinted placemat, atop a white table cloth so you can see the color of the wine, pour one at a time and discuss.   Those tastings can be…
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Sips to beat the summer heat!

Need a break from the beach? Go on a “wine holiday!” There are tons of great events in August, worthy of a little road trip. So beat the heat with some cool sips from around the country! Rhone Rangers Tasting, Los Angeles, California, August 6 The name alone makes us want to go! The Rhone…
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Try a Red Wine Made from the Agiorgitiko Grape

In our constant quest for food-friendly wines, we are heading over to Greece. Consider Greek red wines made from the Agiorgitiko (ah-yohr-YEE-tee-koh) grape with your next summertime meal. As if the pronunciation isn’t confusing enough, the grape goes by a few names. It is often called Nemea, the region where it originated (and where Hercules…
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Montepulciano: Is it a Grape or a Town?

It’s easy to look to Italy for a great barbeque wine because most of their wines work so well with food.  Italian reds generally have the tannins and acidity needed for all that grilled meat.  But sometimes the Italian names, rules and designations can all get confusing.    Like the name Montepulciano.  Does it refer…
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Try a Greek Moschofilero Wine

Anaximander, a Greek born around 610 BC, was one of the first map makers to create the map of the world. It’s a good thing, because you may need a map to find the vineyards in Greece. As the third most mountainous country in Europe, Greece’s distinct topography enables the cultivation of cool weather grapes in a warm…
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Summer Homework: Drink More Sauvignon Blanc

Nothing screams summer better than a cold, crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc grape is green-skinned and was originally planted by our friends in France. The wine is very light in color and often tastes of citrus, sort of grapefruity with hints of lemon and lime, and pairs perfectly with all the shellfish…
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