Champagne Harvest

It takes almost a full year of everything going right to have a great harvest. During springtime, you worry about frost, during the summer you worry about heat spikes that damage the grapes. 2017 has been a very cruel year for most French wine growers. Unseasonably cold snaps and frostsRead More →

Cork or screwcap? This has been a hotly debated question which many winemakers have asked themselves when bottling their wine. Recently, Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory looked to test whether the sound and sight of a cork-stopped and screw-capped wine being opened would influence the perception of the wine inside theRead More →

Ingredients .25 oz Triple Sec .25 – 0.5 oz Maria Gaetana Agnesi Brandy 6-8 oz Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 1-2 oz Fruit Juice Instructions In a GOVINO stemless wine glass or Pinot Noir wine glass, add brandy, triple sec and fruit juice to glass. Add ice and fresh fruit. FillRead More →

Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

It seems like 2017 will go down as another wild ride for grape growers and vintners. On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) hosted the 2017 Napa Valley Harvest Press Conference, which provided a comprehensive discussion of the growing season and issues affecting Napa Valley vineyards duringRead More →

Margrit Mondavi, the cultural affairs and arts curator of the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery died on Friday. She was 91 years old. To those who knew her, she was much more than the wife of Robert Mondavi. She was the backbone of Napa Valley’s cultural and artistic development. Her avidRead More →

Champagne Harvest

Napoleon Bonaparte said, ” Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” This year the winemakers in the Champagne region of France will definitely need it. The 2016 vintage was full of bad news for the region. Bad weather, frost, rot and mildew in Champagne has producedRead More →

Five Must Have Wine Books

It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to wine or if you are a seasoned wine professional, these 5 books should be on every wine lovers book shelf. The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil Workman Publishing $25.00 Recently updated, The Wine Bible is the almost as lengthy as theRead More →

wine glasses

There are many local wine stores who host weekly or monthly tastings. These tastings range in price from $5.00 to $50.00 depending on what wines are being poured during the tasting and if there are any additional amenities like cheeses, appetizers or other small bites. If you are fortunate enoughRead More →