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…

Customer Take Over: Adrienne Cordray

Our next installment of Customer Take Over comes as a question from Adrienne, who isn’t an active customer as far as we can tell, but is clearly on the mailing list. Adrienne simply asked, “Do you carry vegan wines? I am vegan.” Well, no one in the industry…

Customer Take Over: Bob Dunehoo

Welcome everyone to our October 2019 Customer Take Over series!  Our first submission for the series comes in the form of a request from our customer Bob Dunehoo: “Cam – For those of us older consumers of your efforts to educate us about, and provide us with, great…

Finish

Wine Term: Finish Variations: Exit, Resonates, Waves, Length Alternate Usages: Finish of, exits with, resonant waves of, resonates with, with great length What it really means: The aftertaste of the wine Ok, never good to say the wine has a banana “aftertaste” – it sounds so much more…

Missouri Wine Facts

While September winds down, we want to take a moment to recognize that we are deep into Missouri Wine Month.  Shared with California and North Carolina, Missouri can be overshadowed, but here are some fun facts to help you keep the state in mind next September (or for…

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…

Facts About Grenache

Today marks International Grenache Day! Time for some fun facts about the grape: While Grenache goes by many names globally, one of best (and most hilarious) is “Hairy Grenache” – named for its hairy leaves, not the goatee the grape potentially sports before heading out on a date….

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…