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Corporate Holiday Event Planning in July...???

July 13, 2017

Corporate Event Planners know, the early bird gets the best company holiday party!

So the boss has instructed you to plan the company holiday party, the problem is, it's the middle of November and the best venues and most all the caterers are taken! To add to your troubles, you've never planned.

Champagne 101 for Valentines Day!

February 06, 2017

How to Open Champagne Bottles

Don't know how to open Champagne bottles? Don't fret! While opening a bottle of sparkling wine may not be intuitive, it is quite easy and we will give you a few tips on how to do it best. You want to open a Champagne bottle in a way that both respects.

After Wine...now What?

November 23, 2016

So you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving Dinner and polished off a bottle or two of delicious local wine. So....now what?

You may have family visiting from out of town, or maybe you have a weekend party to attend. Either way, one of our great seasonal cocktails goes a long way toward making things.

The unsung Wine Warrior, Tempranillo

August 12, 2016

Tempranillo is one of the world's greatest wines, but one that sadly is too often overlooked by many wine enthusiasts.

Capable of great aging, the winemakers of Spain have been aging these wines ten or more years before releasing them to the public for consumption for centuries.  These are wines.

The Wine Season Turns with the arrival of Veraison

August 02, 2016

Veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season, is officially underway.

Known as the onset of ripening, veraison marks the colorful transition from grape growth to grape ripening, resulting in several changes in fruit development.  They not only change color, but they begin to.

How the Vines make the Wine- the Annual Cycle!

June 27, 2016

How do things grow from Root to Fruit?

If you've ever visited a working vineyard and beheld the vines, you've undoubtedly heard the terms bandied about: Bud Break, Fruit Set, Veraison. But how does that seemingly barren chunk of wood you see in December become the fruit laden cornucopia of grape.

Be the Host with the Most with a Wine Tasting Party!

June 21, 2016

So You Want to Host A Wine Tasting Party....

It's Viognier or the Highway for Summer Whites!

June 14, 2016

Viognier: A White Wine for Red Wine Drinkers?

A California Dynasty :Malolactic Fermentation and Chardonnay

May 13, 2016

During the 80's the US fell in love with oaky, buttery Chardonnay. We loved it the same way we loved the family intrigues and endless catfights on mainstream soap operas like Dynasty and Falcon Crest. It was a decade of big shoulder pads, big hair, and even bigger wines. How exactly do.

Heat Things up or Keep it Cool with your Syrah

May 04, 2016

How do YOU like your Syrah?

Syrah Grapes

You can buy a Gala apple from Chile, New Zealand, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. and each will taste pretty much the same. That's the idea.

Not so with wine grapes. Fruits they may be, but where and how they grow (terroir) has a huge impact on grapes.