It’s Carménère Day!

Today is Carménère Day! Let’s look at 10 facts about this historic European grape! Being one of the older vitis vinifera of Europe, Carménère is thought to have been a favorite of ancient Romans, especially when produced in modern day Spain. The grapes origins are in Iberia, although…

A Guide to Pairing: Tempranillo

Today marks International Tempranillo Day.  So let’s talk food pairings! First off, a bit about Tempranillo: Tempranillo is a VERY old grape, dating back to the Phoenicians over 3,000 years ago Tempranillo in its name (from temprano, meaning early) indicates it’s an early ripening red grape Tempranillo is…

A Guide to Pairing: Merlot

Today marks International Merlot Day, so what better way to celebrate than talking about Merlot pairings! A bit about Merlot: Merlot, like Cabernet Sauvignon, is a child of Cabernet Franc, a fact that was only recently revealed through DNA testing Merlot has a silky skin for such a…