Off The Beaten Path: Hawai’i

Well, if they make wine in Tahiti, they can surely make wine in Hawai’i – and they do. Not just fruit wines, but grape wine too. Volcanic soils are dominant and ridges in the high altitudes of the volcanic mountains are used to plant grapes above 1500 feet. …

It’s World Malbec Day!

To celebrate World Malbec Day, we thought we’d share some fun facts about Malbec! While we Americans have recently had Malbec become a part of the collective wine connoisseur consciousness, it has actually been popular in Argentina for over a century Malbec was originally used only for blending…

Off The Beaten Path: Tahiti

Suffice to say, if the French are there, so is wine. One of the strangest places to find grape wine, where it actually is made from that location, is Tahiti. The French Polynesian island produces a very, very, very small amount of wine, but it produces it nonetheless. …

Off The Beaten Path: Moldova

So now our theme emerges in the Off The Beaten Path series.  Coat tailing.  Picking up from our previous article on Tunisia and people we reached out to not knowing where it was on the map, our next wine producing country is much the same. Somewhat sandwiched, but…

Off The Beaten Path: Tunisia

In our previous Off The Beaten Path post, we spoke about Corsican wines and the multitude of influences that created the modern day scene there.  If you noticed, there was one or two strange places to have brought winemaking influence to Corsica.  One of which was Tunisia. Sadly,…

Off The Beaten Path: Corsica

Coat tailing off of our Understanding AOC series and introducing the Off the Beaten Path series this April, we are taking a look at one of the lesser-known regions of France, the Island of Corsica. The simplest way we can generalize Corsica for those unfamiliar with the island…

What is Cheese Wine?

The wine world is always experimenting and pushing boundaries.  From the Passion Fruit wines of Hawai’i to the Honey Wines (Mead) of Europe, if it can be fermented, it will inevitably become wine at some point in history.  And why not?  Remember, it was not all that long…

Understanding AOC: Languedoc-Roussillon

The Languedoc-Roussillon region of France is a strange crossroads of wine blends, ancient politics, and relatively inexpensive wine for the high quality shopper on a budget.  It is even said that the sparkling wines of this region actually predate Champagne (not to mention they are a fraction of…

Understanding AOC: Loire Valley

Ok, no lie, we were holding off on writing about the Loire for as long as possible.  What direction should we go?  How should we present the information?  What is the best way to simplify such diversity?  This is not an easy region to generalize.  There are some…

Understanding AOC: Provence

Provence AOC (or Provençal wine) comes to us from the southeastern area of France along the Mediterranean Sea – an area with a winegrowing history dating back to the Greeks some 2,600 years ago. While the region is known the world over for Rosé wines, whites and reds…