National Beer Can Appreciation Day

On this day, January 24th, 1935, the first can of beer was sold in VA. By the end of the year, 37 breweries were selling canned beer. Take a moment and think for a second about how this occurred with no internet.  No mass connection or tweets bragging…

Appellation

Wine Term: Appellation Variations: Viticultural Area, Wine Growing Region, Region Alternate Usages: AVA, AOC, DO, DOC, QbA, DVA What it really means: Where is the wine from? You never want to say, “What city is the wine from?” – that just sounds uninformed.  It is best to ask,…

Customer Take Over Version: Knit

If you’ve ever been verbally accosted by a Sommelier at a restaurant or Wine shop/bar, you’ve probably heard them throw out something about a wine being “open-knit” or “tightly-wound” – but what does that actually mean?  Our Customer (and fan of Jessica) Danielle P. asked that exact question:…

It’s National Hot Buttered Rum Day!

Spinning off last week’s Hot Toddy Day, the next best thing you can drink in these cold, cold months is a rich, buttery, spiced rum beverage. C’mon, what’s not to love!? Butter, check.  Rum, check.  Spices, check.  Sweet beverage, check.  Hot beverage, check. You get the idea… There…

Customer Take Over Version: Minerality

Our customer Andrew writes: “I really want to understand what “minerality” means when applied to wine. Does “exhibits minerality” = “not fruity” or what? Thanks.” Aaaaaand away we go! Wine Term: Minerality Variations: Flint, Wet Stones, Gun Flint, Flinty, Pebbles, River Stones, Slate Alternate Usages: Dry, Austere, Chalky…

It’s National Hot Toddy Day!

Yup, cold and flu season is in full swing.  Winter is upon us. Hot Toddy to the rescue! Generally speaking, no two Hot Toddies are the same. Your most-general base is: a hot liquid, sweetener, lemon, and alcohol of choice.  After that, the world is yours… Get Wet…

Sorry, We’re Closed…

As we wind down 2019, we will be taking time away from the blog, same as last year. Best to you and yours this holiday season, be well, see you again in early 2020! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Customer Take Over Version: Graphite

Graphite, much like wet stones, as a wine term (believe it or not) is a hard pill to swallow for a few.  We’ll let our customer Steve Dummit take it from here… “C’mon now, Cameron. Graphite has no odor or taste! It is a very inert 3-dimensional carbon…

The Future of Wine?

Last year we wound down the year by delving deep into the pages of wine history, so we figured this year would be fun to speculate on the future… Where evidence is still being found in the ongoing history of wine, and much is still speculative – some…