It’s IL Wine Month! (Part 1)

While we’ve covered different aspects of IL wine in the past couple of years, this year we’re going to focus on a few of the varietal wines you’ll find in IL that may not be too familiar, unless you’re a local. Much of the US wine game is…

CA Wine Month

A bit on the state of affairs: There is a sense of unease right now during California Wine Month. The 2020 harvest is surrounded by concerns arising from statewide fires and smoke that began from a lightning storm in early August. New fires have also broken out during…

Let’s Talk Pinot!

Happy International Pinot Noir Day! In honor of today (and the wine you should be enjoying on such a day) we decided to talk a bit about the ancient Pinot Noir grape. Wait…ancient? Yes! Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes, with its DNA dating back at…

It’s Prosecco Day!

Today is National Prosecco Day.  A day dedicated to the most famous bubbles of Italy! Did you know that the name Prosecco is highly guarded, possibly even more so than Champagne?  That’s right.  Technically only wines from Champagne, France can bear the name “Champagne” on their label, buuuuuuuut…

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,…

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…