Educational Blog

  • The Worlds Happiest Accident: Champagne!

    Champagne was not invented, nor did it just happen overnight. What we know today as champagne was actually 400 years in the making!
  • How To Open Your Bubbles Safely

    Did you know that the average bottle of champagne (or other sparkling wine made in the "traditional method" is under 90 psi of pressure? That's more than a car tire! The corks themselves can travel at a speed of up to 25 mph, leading to as many as 24 champagne-related deaths each year! 
  • When to Aerate vs Decant Your Wine

    Your guide to what to decant, when and why! After reading this post, you'll be an expert on decanting and aerating and have all the know-how to make the call with your own wines.
  • Why Sustainable Farming Matters

    Ever wonder about the differences between natural, organic, sustainable, biodynamic and if certification matters? These are important initiatives combatting decades of industrial & chemical influences on our agriculture.
  • Tips to Host Your Own Blind Wine Tasting Party

    After hosting a recent blind champagne tasting event, I wanted to impart some of my learnings here. It was so much fun! I hope everyone gets a chance to attend or host a blind tasting!
  • The Wild Wild West of Wine:Paso Robles

    What makes Paso Robles wine country so amazing! How this region has redefined traditional French styles and blends, while creating a home for the creative winemakers!
  • Paso Roble Wines Styles Explained

    If you’ve never visited Paso Robles wine country, this is your guide to understanding the wine.
  • Sweet Wines Make the Best Partners!

    The other night I hosted a virtual wine tasting session on sweet and fortified wines: what they are and how they are made. We had some questions around food pairings relative to sweet & fortified wines so I wanted to share my thoughts with you here. Read the full post to learn why sweet wines make the best partners for food and expand the way you think about their role on the table!
  • Tell Me About Terroir!

    Have you ever wondered what people really mean when they speak about the “terroir” of a particular region? What does that really mean and why is it important? What about “Old World” vs “New World”? In this post I’ll tell you about the different elements of terroir (climate, soil & geography) and how they influence grape growing and wine making. Click through to read more!
  • Wine Making & Considerations

    Have you ever wondered what decisions go into winemaking to effect the result of what goes in your glass? Have you ever wondered what someone means when they say “malolcatic conversion” or what the effect of oak aging is? I’ll tell you in this post! The decisions are wide and varied and have a profound effect on the flavor and structure of the wine in your glass.
  • What Causes Red Wine Headaches?

    Do you suffer from red wine headaches or know someone who does? Or maybe it’s white wine that gives you grief? Maybe both? In this post I dive into all the gory details of what might be the cause and cure for your wine ailments. 
  • Wines of Italy: Worth a Try!

    Italy has been making wine longer than any other country, for 3000 years. Today, it is the largest wine producer and exporter in the world. With this much history in winemaking, up to 2000 grape varietals allowed in their wines, and indigenous varieties not planted outside the country, you might begin to imagine that Italy is home to many unique wines. You’d be correct! Read on to be introduced to many unique wines of Italy!