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…

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…

For the Beer Lovers…

Today marks National Beer Lover’s Day.  A fitting holiday for the beer lovers out there to begin warming up for Oktoberfest, which contrary to the name, begins on the 21st of this month and concludes with German-American Day on October 6th.  So it is high time we give…

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…

Community Question: What Wine Term Escapes You Most?

It is painfully obvious that there’s a language to wine that the common consumer doesn’t readily speak. What is the word or term that most baffles you in conversation or writings about wine?  We’d love to help you understand what it really means. Please use the comment section…

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…