St. Helena AVA

Welcome to beautiful St. Helena, located in the northern part of the Napa Valley, just north of Rutherford, south of Calistoga, and sandwiched between Spring Mountain to the west and Howell Mountain to the east. Home to over 80 wineries, the St. Helena AVA was blessed in the…

Bordeaux

Wine Term: Bordeaux Variations: Bordeaux Blend, Bordeaux-style Blend, Right Bank Blend, Left Bank Blend, Meritage, Claret Usage: Do you have any [insert any of the above]? What it really means: A red wine blend, generally dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, made from the grapes of Bordeaux First…

Diamond Mountain District AVA

Nestled in the Mayacamas range on the western side of Napa, west of Calistoga on the northern edge of the Napa-Sonoma county line, is the historic, high altitude AVA of Diamond Mountain District. The whole of the AVA encompasses a land area of around 5000 acres and sits…

9 Cabernet Sauvignon Facts

Sensing a theme here on the blog again… It’s International Cabernet Day, and thus, we offer fun Cab facts for you! Cabernet Sauvignon is the child of Cabernet Franc crossed with Sauvignon Blanc.  And it was most likely not intentional.  It occured in the 17th century in the…

Pours

Wine Term: Pours Variations: Color, Colour, Rim, Core Alternate Usages: The wine pours, out of the bottle, in the glass, rim of, core of What it really means: The way the wine looks in a wine glass Is it clear, cloudy, bubbly, red, white, pink?  Is it thin…

7 Pinot Noir Facts

Today is International Pinot Noir Day! To celebrate, we present some fun Pinot Noir facts for you today: Pinot Noir means ‘Black Pine Cone’ – ancient vine growers were pretty literal with the naming of this grape as the grape cluster looks like a pine cone, and the…

Rosé vs. Blush

Today marks International Rosé Day! Not International Blush (or Pink) Day. So what do we mean by that? “Pink” or “Blush” wines represent (in modern times) sweeter stylings whereas “Rosé” indicates the dry stylings found in the greater areas of Europe.  Now from a labeling perspective, they can…

Nose

Wine Term: Nose Variations: Bouquet, Aroma Alternate Usages: On the nose, aromatics of, hints of, bouquet of, notes of What it really means: The smell While you’re correct that a wine “smells” a certain way, you’ll never want to say it that way, it is just uncivilized.  Quickest…

An Introduction to Wine: Simplified

While we’ve spent the better part of the last year decoding wine and wine regions (and will continue to do so), there is still the first wall most people need to get over to begin understanding at that decoding level. Our new series, Wine: Simplified, will be the…

Washington Wine Facts

It’s Washington wine Month! Here to celebrate this exceptional wine state we offer some awesome facts about Washington wines: While it may seem to be counterintuitive, the wetter, more foliaged western side of the state grows and produces the least wine, it is actually the drier eastern half…