Customer Take Over Version: Minerality

Our customer Andrew writes: “I really want to understand what “minerality” means when applied to wine. Does “exhibits minerality” = “not fruity” or what? Thanks.” Aaaaaand away we go! Wine Term: Minerality Variations: Flint, Wet Stones, Gun Flint, Flinty, Pebbles, River Stones, Slate Alternate Usages: Dry, Austere, Chalky…

Customer Take Over Version: Graphite

Graphite, much like wet stones, as a wine term (believe it or not) is a hard pill to swallow for a few.  We’ll let our customer Steve Dummit take it from here… “C’mon now, Cameron. Graphite has no odor or taste! It is a very inert 3-dimensional carbon…

Customer Take Over Version: Tannin

So, this one comes from our customer Bill Carroll: “I’d love a better understanding of tannins and how they effect (sic) the overall taste and enjoyment of certain wines.” Away we go! Wine Term: Tannin Variations: Grip, Grippy, Grab Alternate Usages: Unfiltered, sediment, solids What it really means:…

Customer Take Over Version: Jammy

Our customer Pete Hovde inquired: “I have seen some wines described as “jammy”. Is that considered a good or bad characteristic?” Well, here we go… Wine Term: Jammy Variations: Fuited, Fruit-forward, Juicy Alternate Usages: n/a What it really means: A wine with lots of fruit smells, generally sweet…

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is Coming…

For those of you who religiously follow this blog, you already know about our Lord & Savior, Beaujolais Nouveau. Being a brand that exists entirely on surplus from high-end wineries, Beaujolais Nouveau is that unattainable grape, a wine that no matter how hard we tried, we’d never get…

Customer Take Over Version: Foxy

Our customer Dan Sullivan writes: “Years ago a very famous wine editor described a wine from Bordeaux as being very foxy.??????? Never having tasted a fox I asked him if there was a restaurant in NYC that had fox on the menu.  No response.” Please hold while we…

Forest Floor

Wine Term: Forest Floor Variations: Underbrush, Sous Bois Alternate Usages: n/a What it really means: Wet Earth/Dirt Fragrance Anyone who has spent time in the great outdoors, especially in a forest, knows that unique fragrance of the morning dew on the top soil of the forest floor.  As…

Structure

Wine Term: Structure Variations: n/a Alternate Usages: n/a What it really means: How’s the wine? Structure is a catch-all to describe the tannin, acidity, alcohol, body, and sweetness.  Basically, how’s the wine?  Is it big and bold?  Light and effervescent?  Rich, yet dry?  Utilizing the structure lets you…

Musings on Merlot

For many, the end of daylight savings is cause for upset.  The lost daylight hours.  The dark evening commute surrounded by unnamed head and tail lights.  Colder weather.  Shorter days.  Hibernation mode.  The stress of the impending holidays.  The list goes on… But not for us!  It’s cause…

Oak Knoll District AVA

Situated towards the southern end of the Napa Valley, just north of the city of Napa and the Los Carneros AVA, lies the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley (OKD). Being at the southern end of the valley, the climate is a bit calmer, cooled by the San…