Educational Blog

  • Fall Wine Club Wines Announced!

    As soon as the weather cools down and we round the corner to autumn, club members will enjoy these wines for the fall!

    • 2019 Highlawn Picpoul Blanc (white)
    • 2014 Bee Hunter Syrah (red)
    • 2019 Cote West Counoise (red)
  • Wines of the Rhône Valley

    Did you know that every 13 seconds, a bottle of Rhone Valley wine being enjoyed someplace in the world? The Rhone is one of the major wine producing regions of France, often wrongfully overshadowed by Bordeaux or Burgundy. It's my favorite!
  • Is There Salt in Your Wine?

    Can your wine actually have sodium in it?!  Surprisingly, yes. This varies by varietal, root stock, soil, terroir and region however a "typical" American wine (take a Merlot from Napa for example) will have approximately 5 mg of sodium per 4-oz pour (40 mg/l). Whites in general are slightly higher. But there are wines with far more sodium than that. Read this post for how sodium and other salts find their way into a wine!
  • Team Cork or Team Screw Cap: where do you land?

    2K years ago the ancient romans used cork to seal their wine. Today we still use cork to preserve our wine, but so much has changed. You have screw caps, glass and other manufatured products for wine sealing. Which is best? Which do you prefer?
  • What Secrets Does Your Champagne Label Hold?

    Did you know that your Champagne label will tell you if your bottle is being sourced from a giant conglomerate or a small independent producer? It will also tell you how sweet the Champagne is. You just have to learn to read its secrets. Read on to learn more!
  • 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.
  • 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!