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…

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast is an AVA that encompasses vineyards that run along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean within the larger region of Sonoma County. Because the vineyards that grow in this area are closest to the ocean, they’re also the coolest and get the most moisture from the fog that rolls in off the ocean….

Summer Wine Picks

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Barbecues, sunglasses, suntan lotion, swim suits…summer is upon us! Here are some great wine picks to enjoy this summer. Reds Our guess is that no matter how big you like your wine, once the weather gets warm, you start to shy away from your usual Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. If you’re like a lot of…

The Cork and the Screw Top

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The cork and the screw top — is one better than the other? Here’s a quick overview of both. The Cork A cork is traditional and romantic — who doesn’t have memories of bungling an attempt to pop a cork at a most inopportune moment — or smile at the satisfaction of getting that “pop”…

Barossa Shiraz

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  Whether you call it Shiraz or Syrah (as it is known in some regions), it’s a big, bold wine. Shiraz is known for its spice and for big flavors. It’s a grape that, although it has always been one of the more popular varietals has not yet had its moment in the spotlight. Shiraz…

Pairing Wine with Take-Out Part II: Mexican, Pizza, Burgers & Fries

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Wine does not have to be reserved for special occasions – or even for a home-cooked meal! It can be enjoyed with any type of food, any day. As always, the number one rule of wine pairing is to make sure you like what you’re drinking. (A famous New York City chef only drinks red…