Rosé vs. Blush

Today marks International Rosé Day! Not International Blush (or Pink) Day. So what do we mean by that? “Pink” or “Blush” wines represent (in modern times) sweeter stylings whereas “Rosé” indicates the dry stylings found in the greater areas of Europe.  Now from a labeling perspective, they can…

Nose

Wine Term: Nose Variations: Bouquet, Aroma Alternate Usages: On the nose, aromatics of, hints of, bouquet of, notes of What it really means: The smell While you’re correct that a wine “smells” a certain way, you’ll never want to say it that way, it is just uncivilized.  Quickest…

An Introduction to Wine: Simplified

While we’ve spent the better part of the last year decoding wine and wine regions (and will continue to do so), there is still the first wall most people need to get over to begin understanding at that decoding level. Our new series, Wine: Simplified, will be the…

Washington Wine Facts

It’s Washington wine Month! Here to celebrate this exceptional wine state we offer some awesome facts about Washington wines: While it may seem to be counterintuitive, the wetter, more foliaged western side of the state grows and produces the least wine, it is actually the drier eastern half…

National White Wine Day!

Today marks National White Wine Day, and it couldn’t come at a better time!  It’s hot outside!  And as the days are long, you’ll need a cold, refreshing glass of white wine to cool you off in the warm mornings, hot middays, and simmering summer afternoon/evenings. Today is…

Fun Facts About Mead

Today marks National Mead Day, and to help you celebrate, here are some fun facts about Mead! There are those who claim that Mead might have predated beer and wine, and it was on a global scale.  It was said to have been drank on Mt. Olympus by…

It’s Albariño Day!

Only one way to celebrate today, and that is with this guy: Whoops!  Wrong guy… This guy: Albariño (or Alvarinho for our Portuguese friends). This botanically aromatic grape has become quite the rage in the wine world in the last few years, largely due to its acidity, friendliness…

Ice & Wine

While it has long been held to be a total faux paux, it is becoming more commonplace to practice this questionable ritual, especially here, in the peak months of summer. Here we offer our guide to when, how, and why it is ok in certain applications, and when…