Sediment in Wine

Nearly all sediment found in wine is naturally occurring and is in no way harmful. In fact, many wine pros and enthusiasts like to see a bit of sediment in their wines, particularly red wines that have been in bottle for more than five years. Sediment in wine can indicate a wine that has not been heavily filtered or otherwise processed. Sediment is a...

A Brief History of California Wine

Winemaking in California began far before this land was a state. Franciscan monks first planted grapes in California near San Diego in 1769. They methodically moved north up the coast establishing missions and along with them vineyards that by 1823 reached from the Mexican border to Sonoma County. Soon after, various European settlers established vineyards in California often bringing their native grape varietals as...

Understanding Méthode Champenoise – the Champagne Method

Méthode champenoise – no this is not the French rapper the kids are talking about. Like any self-respecting rapper méthode champenoise has many aliases: méthode traditionnelle, traditional method, and metodo classico (Italy) among others. If you see Méthode champenoise, or any of its aliases, you know that the sparkling wine is made in the traditional method first perfected in Champagne, France. As you likely...

Glorious Rosé

Walk by any sidewalk cafe in Manhattan, Houston, San Francisco, Atlanta, or Milwaukee and count the glasses of pink wine on the tables. My friends, we are in the midst of a Rosé invasion and all that I can suggest is to surrender. Being in and around the beverage biz for three decades (but who’s counting…) I’ve seen my share of trends and fads...

Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

Ordering wine in a restaurant is a task that strikes fear into the hearts of many diners. Many people are intimidated by the entire process afraid to look foolish. Relax. There is no need to approach what should be an enjoyable meal with dread or doubt. Here are a few rules to obey when ordering wine in restaurants. I offer 10 tips on how to...

Unsung Italian Wine Varietals

I suppose that we have made progress since we have to dig a bit deeper to uncover the unsung varietals of Italy. Not long ago many grapes that now enjoy minor-celebrity status like: Aglianico, Arneis, Cortese, Falanghina, or Verdicchio were virtually unknown. (If you want to learn about these and more grapes read – Speak Italian Grapes and don’t miss our Italian Wine Primer.) Lucky...

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