North Carolina Wine Facts

September marks North Carolina Wine Month, so here are a few facts you may or may not know about North Carolina and their wines: The single-most visited winery in the US is the Biltmore Estate Winery (pictured above), a huge point of note that it is visited more…

Cap’n Jack Sparrow?

Well everyone, happy Talk Like A Pirate Day! Aye ’tis a real thin’, ‘n ye can celebrate by natterin’ like a crazy pirate today. So ahoy everyone, start natterin’ like a damn pirate, wha’ are ye waitin’ fer!? (oh, if ye dunno how t’ natter like a pirate,…

Palate

Wine Term: Palate Variations: Entry, Flavor, Flavour, Hint, Invokes Alternate Usages: On the palate, redolent with, on the entry, upon entry, with flavors of, detecting hints of, invokes flavors of What it really means: How the wine tastes Ah!  The moment of truth!  It took forever for your…

California Wine Facts

CA Wine Month!  Let’s go! Time to dive into some fun and interesting facts about California Wines: California is the workhorse of American wine, making up around 90% of total production. California side stepped prohibition by making sacramental wine and shipping grapes to home producers who had the…

For the Beer Lovers…

Today marks National Beer Lover’s Day.  A fitting holiday for the beer lovers out there to begin warming up for Oktoberfest, which contrary to the name, begins on the 21st of this month and concludes with German-American Day on October 6th.  So it is high time we give…

Bordeaux

Wine Term: Bordeaux Variations: Bordeaux Blend, Bordeaux-style Blend, Right Bank Blend, Left Bank Blend, Meritage, Claret Usage: Do you have any [insert any of the above]? What it really means: A red wine blend, generally dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, made from the grapes of Bordeaux First…

Community Question: What Wine Term Escapes You Most?

It is painfully obvious that there’s a language to wine that the common consumer doesn’t readily speak. What is the word or term that most baffles you in conversation or writings about wine?  We’d love to help you understand what it really means. Please use the comment section…

Pours

Wine Term: Pours Variations: Color, Colour, Rim, Core Alternate Usages: The wine pours, out of the bottle, in the glass, rim of, core of What it really means: The way the wine looks in a wine glass Is it clear, cloudy, bubbly, red, white, pink?  Is it thin…

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…