Versatile and Spectacular Garnacha

Garnacha, or Grenache as they say in France and much of the New World, is an interesting and versatile grape of Spanish origin. It’s absolutely one of my favorite red wine grapes as it shines in so many applications. For the sake of brevity I will simply refer to the grape as Garnacha now that we have established that the varietal has more than...

The Best Rosé You’re Not Drinking this Year – Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo

Despite Rosé now properly being mainstream with the number of choices growing every spring there is scandalously still a Rosé living in obscurity – Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo. Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is a DOC in central Italy in the region of Abruzzo and within the area designated for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. I believe that this is the only DOC in Italy that is fully dedicated to Rosato or...

The Joys of Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah is a mysterious grape with that originated in France in the 1880s but it undeniably reached its greatest heights and popularity in the USA. First, let’s understand that Petite Sirah and Syrah are completely different grapes. They are related, as we will discuss soon, but different. The name Petite Sirah was given by winegrowers as the grapes do resemble small Syrah grapes....

Burgundy report: Good weather bodes well for 2017 following 2016 shortages

Source: harpers.co.uk By Jason Haynes July, 2017 Flint Wines’s Burgundy specialist Jason Haynes has just returned from Burgundy’s vineyards following a recent 10-day stint in the region. Here, he has the latest updates on how the growers and the vineyards are faring in 2017 while looking back the challenging shortages of the 2016 vintage. As the 2017 Tour de France circus pulled out of...

The BevX Guide to Wine Openers

You’ve bought the perfect bottle of wine but if you want to get the wine into your glass you likely have to own a tool. Nearly everyone, including the infrequent wine drinker, owns a wine opener of some sort. Tragically, most have shoddy tools more adept at shredding corks than removing them. There is no need to have an inferior wine opener or to fear...

Bastille Day!

On July 14 we celebrate Bastille Day. This French National Holiday is celebrated by liberty loving people around the globe. In 1789 tensions were high in France as a growing group of ordinary citizens were pushing for a national constitution. These French citizens were inspired by the newly independent United States of America and their newly formed Constitution that was adopted that same year....

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