CA Wine Month

A bit on the state of affairs: There is a sense of unease right now during California Wine Month. The 2020 harvest is surrounded by concerns arising from statewide fires and smoke that began from a lightning storm in early August. New fires have also broken out during…

It’s National Red Wine Day!

While the summer heat may make you want a glass (or two) of white, tonight is a great night to crack that bottle of New World red that you may be holding on to for a yet to be determined special occasion. No better place than here, no…

Using Corks to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Note: The content of this blog was recently featured in Today – you can see the article here. Recently, the conversation piece about corks in fruit bowls to ward off fruit flies came up. So we decided to move that conversation here on the blog! Two things attract…

Let’s Talk Pinot!

Happy International Pinot Noir Day! In honor of today (and the wine you should be enjoying on such a day) we decided to talk a bit about the ancient Pinot Noir grape. Wait…ancient? Yes! Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes, with its DNA dating back at…

It’s Prosecco Day!

Today is National Prosecco Day.  A day dedicated to the most famous bubbles of Italy! Did you know that the name Prosecco is highly guarded, possibly even more so than Champagne?  That’s right.  Technically only wines from Champagne, France can bear the name “Champagne” on their label, buuuuuuuut…

Fun Facts About Albariño!

Today marks the opening of International Albariño Days, a five day series of global festivities surrounding this fun, yet mysterious grape! And to celebrate, we offer 10 fun facts about the grape you should be enjoying sometime between now and next Wednesday: Albariño is mostly grown in the…

Balance

This one is pretty straightforward, is the wine balanced on the palate? If any one aspect stands out further than another (very acidic, super fruity, highly noticeable alcohol, etc.) the wine is not in balance, or it is not a balanced wine. If everything feels in congruent harmony,…

A Still Life by Glenn F.

Customer and defacto blog contributor Glenn F. had sent us this photo a little while back, and while we had been holding off to use it for content this fall, it just seems a waste to sit on, so we thought we’d share it here. While many customers…