Fun Facts About Albariño!

Today marks the opening of International Albariño Days, a five day series of global festivities surrounding this fun, yet mysterious grape! And to celebrate, we offer 10 fun facts about the grape you should be enjoying sometime between now and next Wednesday: Albariño is mostly grown in the…

Balance

This one is pretty straightforward, is the wine balanced on the palate? If any one aspect stands out further than another (very acidic, super fruity, highly noticeable alcohol, etc.) the wine is not in balance, or it is not a balanced wine. If everything feels in congruent harmony,…

A Still Life by Glenn F.

Customer and defacto blog contributor Glenn F. had sent us this photo a little while back, and while we had been holding off to use it for content this fall, it just seems a waste to sit on, so we thought we’d share it here. While many customers…

The Heat is On!

Well, the summer heat has descended upon the vast majority of the US, and yes, if you’re asking yourself if it’s unsafe to ship wine, that means you shouldn’t be doing it.  Thankfully we have our Summer Buy & Hold option to add to any order and have…

Idaho Wine: Then & Now

And by “then” we mean somewhere around 2-9 million years ago.  Yes, that’s pretty standard if you want to think about the terms of grapes and terroir.  Well, consider it “soil construction” of sorts.  No volcano that exploded last year (or in the last 1,000 years) is laying…

The Wine Regions of Idaho

Aside from the few established AVAs in the state, it’s important to think of Idaho wines under the guise of “regions” – geographical areas outside of the standard AVA lines we think of wine as conforming to in areas like California, Oregon, and Washington. It’s a relatively new…

The AVAs of Idaho

Idaho wineries fall into what one can see as 3 categories: Non-appelated wineries Appellation wineries (including Sub-Appellation wineries) Urban Wineries Really, this only speaks to the location of the winery itself relative to the AVA boundaries.  It is not reflective of the wine they make being or not…