Today is National Beer Day

A very wise, well-traveled winemaker once told us: “It takes a lot of cheap beer to make great wine.” Today is a day to celebrate for us, as America is home to the finest cheap beers on the planet, and we only deal in great wines. So crack…

Varietal

Wine Term: Varietal Variations: Single varietal, Varietal wine What it really means: The wine is made from* and labeled as a single grape variety. A varietal wine is labeled as a single grape wine.  Examples would be wines labeled as: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot,…

International Whisk(e)y Day

It’s International Whisk(e)y Day! Dude… What are you doing reading a wine blog today!? You know exactly what you need to be drinking and doing right now. And don’t forget today is Friday, so NO WORK TOMORROW! Oh, and drink responsibly. 🎵“Show me the way to the next…

Customer Take Over Version: Linear

Customer David C. writes: “What is meant by ‘linear?’” At the end of January we wrote about ‘Angular’ wines – not to be mistaken for ‘Linear’ wines, see below: Wine Term: Linear Variations: Straightforward, commonplace What it really means: the wine does nothing to play outside of the…

Filtered vs. Unfiltered

There are 2 types of finished wines. Wine Term(s): Filtered and Unfiltered No one or the other is better, they are a stylistic choice by the winemakers in modern times. Historically speaking, wines always had to be filtered to remove potentially harmful bacteria, but due to modern winemaking…

#OTBN2020

The last Saturday in February is reserved for Open That Bottle Night. That’s tomorrow night! Last year we spoke in some depth on the history of this modern drinking holiday and what it represents. A very brief recap: We all get stuck with that bottle of wine that…

Lees

Wine Term: Lees Another departure from our general format for these Wine: Simplified posts.  Sorry, we’ve given enough wine speak insight to get you some free pours at the tasting room or make some new friends with the staff (which generally also results in free pours).  Now we’re…

Field Blend

Wine Term: Field Blend We’ll go about this one in a different manner than usual as ‘Field Blend’ is very specific.  To call it a red or white blend doesn’t do the wine justice, so there aren’t really any different terms associated with it that describe it so…

National Drink Wine Day

A long time ago (like, the Dark Ages) water wasn’t safe, but wine was. Good times. Due to this, wine was more widely drank than water in wine producing areas of the globe. Today is a day to celebrate that time and drink as such, it’s that simple….