Buying Wine: Getting the Most for Your Dollar

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Here are some suggestions for getting the most for your wine dollar. Think big. The more specific a wine’s appellation (e.g. the Dundee Hills AVA which lies within Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA), the more expensive it’s likely to be. Look for wines that come from a great region (Sonoma Coast, Napa Valley, Burgundy, Languedoc etc.),…

What is Biodynamic Wine?

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We’ve all seen it – a wine list marked with asterisks indicating a wine is “biodynamic.” Is this just a fancy way of saying “organic?” Not exactly, but it does mean that the wine was probably made with organic methods and, usually, then some… Many winemakers both in the US and abroad have been frustrated…

Food Pairing Tip: Go Local

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Wine Expert Stephanie Caraway shares some food pairing advice

To Decant or Not?

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The debate over whether and when to decant wine has heated up in the past few years. Generally, decanting a wine simply refers to transferring the wine from its bottle into another serving vessel. For a young tannic wine (like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Nebbiolo for example), decanting the wine infuses it with more…

Rosé, Frequently Misunderstood

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Wine Expert Stephanie Carraway provides insight on this often misunderstood summertime favorite.

The Colonial Roots of the US Wine Industry

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“We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good…” Thomas Jefferson, 1776 In 1562, Jean Ribault arrived in North America, leading an expedition to establish a haven for Protestants from France. They founded Fort Caroline, the…

Chianti

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Chianti, a red wine produced in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, is a wine with a complicated history. Once upon a time “Chianti” signified the white wines of the area. A couple hundred years later it had become red, and winemakers of the area were starting their slow march towards producing the wine we drink…

VINE TALK Available Nationwide on Create® Channel

We are pleased to announce that starting in July, VINE TALK will be on the Create® Channel, the national 24/7 digital channel featuring popular lifestyle programming. The series will air Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning July 12th. In addition, there will be a full-day marathon of the series on Saturday, July 23rd. Please check with your…

An Overview of the Italian Wine Industry

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Prior to the Romans, Etruscans, as well as Greek settlers, made wine in the area that is now Italy. Currently, Italy is the second-largest producer of wine by value and by volume. Italy overtook France as the number one wine producer by volume in the world as recently as 2008, however, the Italians slipped back…

Pairing Wine with Grilled Food

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Summertime is synonymous with grilling. Here are some easy wine pairing tips to try the next time you find yourself at a cookout! One of red Zinfandel’s great raisons d’être involves its happy marriage with sweet-and-spicy grilled things, like barbecued ribs. Zinfandel is juicy enough to stand up to the sweet barbecue glaze, yet it’s…