National Drink Wine Day

A long time ago (like, the Dark Ages) water wasn’t safe, but wine was. Good times. Due to this, wine was more widely drank than water in wine producing areas of the globe. Today is a day to celebrate that time and drink as such, it’s that simple….

Beefy

Wine Term: Beefy Variations: Brawny, Muscular, Chewy What it really means: The wine will punch you in the face, not say “sorry,” then proceed to walk away casually as though nothing happened. Sounds aggressive, right?  Well it is!  A beefy wine has no time for elegance or finesse. …

Valentine’s Day is this Friday!

Aside from making sure you have a reservation locked down, dusting off your Love Unlimited Orchestra records, getting fresh roses, and getting the wrinkles out of the satin sheets before Friday, don’t forget the wine! We always recommend grabbing a bottle of your partner’s liking, or trying something…

Pisco

Today marks Pisco Sour Day. For us, this is a special day.  Why you ask?  Well, yes, we love Pisco Sours, but that is not the reason alone, nor the main reason.  We’ll elaborate… The Pisco Sour, while known to be a very, very popular Peruvian cocktail, was…

Cloying

Wine Term: Cloying Variations: Sweet, Flabby What it really means: The wine is noticeably sweet, to a fault. The wine is sweet.  Destructively so.  It’s flabby, unidimensional, and well…cloying. Nothing good comes from this description of a wine, it’s a fault, even if the winemaker intended to make…

Angular

Wine Term: Angular Variations: Lean, Thin What it really means: the wine shoots straight through the center of the palate to the back of the mouth, generally the finish feels centered as well. This is the opposite of a round, smooth, or fleshy wine.  Painting in broad strokes:…

National Beer Can Appreciation Day

On this day, January 24th, 1935, the first can of beer was sold in VA. By the end of the year, 37 breweries were selling canned beer. Take a moment and think for a second about how this occurred with no internet.  No mass connection or tweets bragging…

Appellation

Wine Term: Appellation Variations: Viticultural Area, Wine Growing Region, Region Alternate Usages: AVA, AOC, DO, DOC, QbA, DVA What it really means: Where is the wine from? You never want to say, “What city is the wine from?” – that just sounds uninformed.  It is best to ask,…

Customer Take Over Version: Knit

If you’ve ever been verbally accosted by a Sommelier at a restaurant or Wine shop/bar, you’ve probably heard them throw out something about a wine being “open-knit” or “tightly-wound” – but what does that actually mean?  Our Customer (and fan of Jessica) Danielle P. asked that exact question:…

It’s National Hot Buttered Rum Day!

Spinning off last week’s Hot Toddy Day, the next best thing you can drink in these cold, cold months is a rich, buttery, spiced rum beverage. C’mon, what’s not to love!? Butter, check.  Rum, check.  Spices, check.  Sweet beverage, check.  Hot beverage, check. You get the idea… There…