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The Age of Bulgaria: Try Their Wines

Our weekly tip from last week’s email was to explore the wine world and try wines from totally unexpected countries. Well how about Bulgaria? Yes, Bulgaria. Would you believe that Bulgaria actually has been making wine as far back as the Thracians? That’s like 9,000 years ago. Really. And in the 1980’s, they were the…
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New Year, New Wine Words!

Now that much of the drinking has slowed down, let’s take advantage of that sobriety and continue to add to our vocab list. So new year, new words. And as always, if there are any descriptors that you want included — send them on! Crémant A French sparkling wine that is not made in the…
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Charles Smith: The Forrest Gump of Wine

Charles Smith is a self-taught winemaker with a head of hair that would make Sammy Hagar proud. He has 51 wines under his watchful eye, including the five he recently sold to Constellation Brands for approximately $120 million. “I started out with a borrowed $5,000 and an Astro van and someone writes you a check…
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Great Sips for the New Year

We hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get out and enjoy more sips (it’s definitely one of ours)! And thankfully, there are tons of opportunities to do that this month. Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, Key Largo, Florida, January 5-15 Enjoy 10 days of wine and food with over 25 wineries…
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Use White Wine Glasses for Your Bubbly

It’s all about the bubbly this time of year! And whether its Champagne, Prosecco, Cava or a effervescent Rosé, pour what makes you happy. But there’s often a question of which glass to serve it in. And while it’s probably best served in a white wine glass, the evolution of how we got there is…
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Best Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

The days leading up to the holidays seem to disappear and we always end up with last-minute gift-shopping. But we’re here to help! If your wine lover already has the good basics or you just need some stocking stuffers, below are a few super-fun eleventh-hour little gifts. And many of these gifts are around $20…
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5 Questions with Riesling Zealot Nicolas Quille

Nicolas Quille is the head winemaker and general manager at Pacific Rim, which produces some the best Rieslings in Washington State. So much so that Italian powerhouse Banfi Wine Family bought it in 2011 as part of a larger investment in the Pacific Northwest. Quille is involved in the whole investment. He now overseas about…
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The Passing of A Napa Valley Icon Reminds Us To Appreciate the Moments

The wine world recently lost an icon. Dennis Zablosky, the long-time tasting room manager at Frank Family Vineyards, in Calistoga, California, passed away on Dec. 9, 2016. Dennis was one of Napa Valley’s treasures and famously came to be known by his first name. Proprietor Rich Frank, former president Disney Studios, hired Dennis at the…
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