Rosé outpaces overall wine category for summer: Nielsen

Source: BeverageDaily.com June 25th Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which will ramp up during the summer months thanks to the pink drink’s light and versatile appeal, says Nielsen. The rosé wine category is valued at $207m and has grown by 53% in volume sales over the last 52 weeks, outpacing the...

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...

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