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....

The Ongoing Attempt to Kill America’s Greatest Wine Retailers

National Association of Wine Retailers June 25th, 2017 In the face of the declining brick and mortar retail sector at the hands of Amazon and other online players, it’s hard to overstate the shortsightedness of the opponents of retailer-to-consumer wine shipping. Without the ability to access the broader, more expansive national marketplace for fine wine via direct interstate shipment , traditional specialty wine retailers...

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...

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