The South American Wine Industry

According to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson’s seminal World Atlas of Wine, South America is, after Europe, “the world’s most important wine producing continent.” European vines were cultivated in Peru as early as 1531 – long before those vines reached any part of the New World except Mexico. South America’s viticultural landscape has been influenced…

Tasting Wine: Swirl, Stare, Sniff

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You’ve seen the moves—the Swirl, the Stare, the Sniff. Perhaps you’ve even performed them yourself. But do you really know why you’re swirling your wine or what you’re looking for when you hold your glass up to the light? Don’t worry! If you still have some lingering doubts, we won’t tell anyone, and we’ll even…

Mendoza Malbec

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Even though Malbec is currently most associated with Medoza, Argentina, the grape’s origins are French. Experts have traced Malbec to Auxerrois, a small region in Northern Burgundy, and to Southwest France. The grape currently thrives in several French regions. It is perhaps most associated with Bordeaux (where it is one of the five allowed varieties,…

Chardonnay: To Oak or Not to Oak

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For a very long time winemakers noted something mysterious happening to their wine as it was aged in oak barrels – if the wine was left in the barrel for a while after it had fully fermented, it took on a soft and supple character. It wasn’t until a Frenchman named Pascal discovered the bacteria…

Modern vs Traditional Wine Making in Burgundy

One of the things that came up during Vine Talk’s tasting of wines from Burgundy was the difference between wines made in a modern style and wines made in a more traditional style. One of the reasons that the wine from Burgundy is so treasured the world over is because it is a wine that…

Columbia Valley Chardonnay

Though some might argue that delicate is not a word that has much to do with Chardonnay, many producers in Washington State are taking that sentiment to task and turning out fine examples of Chardonnay that show the wine’s refined side. Chardonnay as most Americans know it is a wine that really came of age…

Giving Wine As a Gift

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Wine is a wonderful gift, as are the enjoyable conversations and happy memories that it inspires.  However, deciding which wine to give can be a difficult task given the huge number of terrific wines that are available.  Here are some suggestions to help you find that perfect bottle. • Consider the recipient’s taste in and…

The Burgundian Wine Business

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As our wine expert Emilie mentioned, the key word for the wine business in Burgundy is “small” – small vineyards, small yields, small production, and small producers. The scale of wine production in Burgundy means that things are done a little differently there when it comes to making wine. Especially in the glorified areas of…

The Grape Harvest

Often, people ponder over the “secret” to making a great wine. In fact, there is no “one” thing that determines a wine’s quality or taste. Winemaking involves hundreds of decisions before the grapes even start to ferment! The way a vine is pruned, when grapes are harvested, and so on, play crucial roles in the…

Pairing Wine with Dessert

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Wine Expert Stephanie Caraway helps solve the tricky problem of pairing wines with dessert. Our own Wine Expert Stephanie Caraway provides a little insight into the tricky business of pairing wines with dessert. Have any good pairings for us? Share them in the comments below!