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11
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Noir   Nearly 2000 years ago, pinot noir originated in France. Over the course of that time, it has become that parent (and grandparent) to many other grapes and has been cloned hundreds of times. (VinePair has an excellent in depth history of pinot noir if you’re interested in learning more.) Pinot noir is considered to be one of the hardest grapes to grow and turn into wine. It grows well in cool climates – it doesn’t fare well in climate changes – and the grape is susceptible to diseases and oxidization. That being said, when a good pinot noir is made, it is a good pinot noir. It is one of the lighter red wines out there, […]

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04
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Chardonnay   Originating in France, chardonnay has become one of the most popular wines in the world. It wasn’t until the 1960s when it started to gain widespread popularity; however, now there are nearly 100,000 acres of chardonnay in California alone.   Despite its popularity, chardonnay is one of the most polarizing wines amongst wine drinkers. Some love the buttery, oaky flavors it has while others find it too sweet. When it’s an oaked chardonnay, it has a flavor profile that is distinctly buttery, but it also tends to have the flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, green apple, among others. It’s these kinds of flavors, along with its full-body, creamy texture that makes it appealing to the masses. That being said, […]

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14
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Syrah   Syrah, also known as shiraz, is one of the darkest red wines – darker than cabernet sauvignon. Syrah originated in France and in certain small wine districts in the Rhône Valley, like Hermitage, the only red grape allowed is syrah. When the grapes were planted in Australia and the wine was made there, Australian wine makers took to calling it shiraz (shiraz is Australia’s most famous red wine). In some countries like South Africa and the United States, this wine can go by either syrah or shiraz, depending on the winemaker’s preference, but they are the same wine. Consistently, syrah is a full-bodied wine with medium to high tannins. Because of the amount of tannins, syrah contains […]

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07
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio   Pinot gris, which is the same grape variety as the pinot grigio, is a “grey” grape that is a mutation of the Pinot grape. The grape originated in France, and while they are the same grape, their styles differ. There are the Alsace Pinot Gris wines, which are like their Alsace namesake – more full-body, spicier, and complex. Then there’s the Italian style pinot grigio wines and those made like it, which are lighter and not as complex. Like other wines, the location of the grape can alter the taste. A pinot grigio from Italy will taste different that a pinot gris from France, which can taste different than a pinot gris from Canada. However, […]

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30
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Malbec   When I think of malbec, I think of the alluring wine from Argentina. In actuality, malbec originated in France where it is used as a blending grape amongst four others to make a red Bordeaux. The grape made its way to Argentina in the late 1800’s and it is now the leading grape for red wines there. As oppose to its usage in France, the malbec grape in Argentina is used to make pure malbec wine. While the majority of malbec comes from Argentina, and some still comes from its origin place, malbec grapes can also be found in the United States, Chile, and South Africa. Malbec tends to be lower in acidity and has medium tannins, […]

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23
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Viognier   Originally from Rhône, a region in France, viognier grapes are relatively rare. In the 1960’s, the grape was near extinction, until it was planted in California. Although demand has slowed since the 1990’s, in 1998, the viognier varietal was grown in more than 1000 acres. Currently, there are fewer than 300 acres of viognier grapes in Rhône, but it is being grown in parts of the world such as the aforementioned California, Washington, Virginia, Chile, and Australia. Viognier is a full-bodied white wine, and while its aromas and flavors are often considered sweet, it is more of a dry wine. The biggest and most common aromas and flavors that come through in Viognier wine are honeysuckle, peach, […]

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21
Apr

Rosé All Day Every Day

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  Rosé is no longer just a season. It’s been a long time coming, but the time has come to enjoy Rosé all year round. We often associate rosé with a summer drink. It seemed only acceptable to drink it during the warmer months. But times, they are a changing. While rosé is more of a crisp wine, and is nice on a warm spring day, it’s no different than drinking a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc in the winter. And since we live in a state that has over 300 days of sunshine, there is no reason to be contained to just a few months to enjoy a bottle of rosé.   One of the reasons that we may […]

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16
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Cabernet Sauvignon   Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that you see everywhere, but otherwise may not know much about. The cabernet sauvignon grape is the love child between sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc; it is a full-body red that is incredibly tannic, but also layered and powerful. Because of the tannins, Cabernet Sauvignon has the ability to age well once it’s bottled, though this isn’t to say it can’t be consumed right away. The other characteristic that sets cabernet sauvignon apart from other wines is its distinct flavors and aromas. Black current and black cherry are the two you’ll likely pick up first, but it also often contains hints of tobacco, licorice, green bell pepper, and cigar amongst others. […]

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31
Mar

The Ultimate Red Wine and Chocolate Pairing

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We all know that red wine and chocolate is a match made in heaven. There’s such a satisfaction that comes with finding a wine and chocolate pairing that complement each other so well. The richness of a Merlot paired with a dark chocolate cake? Yes, please! Red wine and chocolate are often enjoyed together – but separately – however, the game is changing. The idea, which has quietly been around since 2014, is that of a great one – take your red wine and take your hot chocolate and mix them together. It is incredibly rich, and incredibly delicious. The recipe is pretty straightforward: hot chocolate, red wine, and should you so desire, whipped cream.   If you’re looking for […]

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08
Jan

New Year, New Me, Same Wine

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  Pairing wine with healthy recipes to help you keep up with your 2017 goals. By Epiphinae McClennon Every new year we make the decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle as we reflect on our holiday eating choices. Maybe eating a whole apple pie and washing it down with a half gallon of vanilla spiced egg nog wasn’t the best idea. How could anyone expect you to say no to a third helping of grandma’s buttery mash potatoes and gravy. Now here we are, on January 1st, standing on the scale trying to revaluate our life decisions. While you are trying to establish your new eating regimen, do not try to leave out the wine. You will find that your […]

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