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25
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Merlot   Merlot originated in Bordeaux, France and is the most widely planted grape in France, even ahead of the ever so popular cabernet sauvignon (with whom it shares a father – cabernet franc). The first merlot grape was used in a Bordeaux wine blend with cabernet sauvignon in the 1700s. Though the grape blends well with cabernet sauvignon to produce world-class Bordeaux blends, it is also great as a single varietal. It was American growers in California who first discovered and appreciated the blend as a stand alone varietal. Merlot is an easy to drink wine with low tannins. It has flavor profile consisting of cherry, plum, licorice, and hints of chocolate. Merlot is a perfect wine for […]

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04
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Chardonnay   Originating in France, chardonnay has become one of the most popular wines in the world. It wasn’t until the 1960s when it started to gain widespread popularity; however, now there are nearly 100,000 acres of chardonnay in California alone.   Despite its popularity, chardonnay is one of the most polarizing wines amongst wine drinkers. Some love the buttery, oaky flavors it has while others find it too sweet. When it’s an oaked chardonnay, it has a flavor profile that is distinctly buttery, but it also tends to have the flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, green apple, among others. It’s these kinds of flavors, along with its full-body, creamy texture that makes it appealing to the masses. That being said, […]

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28
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Tempranillo Known for being Spain’s most famous red grape, tempranillo is used to make a large variety of Spanish red wines. It is the main grape in the region of Rioja and the main grape in Rioja wine, which some compare to Burgundy. While the grape is often used in blended Spanish wines, non-blended tempranillo is being produced more now. (It is also produced simply as a tempranillo wine in other countries as well.) Various clones have come to adapt to the different Spanish regions, and because of this, wines can seem so different despite using the same grape. This red wine is consistently well balanced and the amount of tannins allows it to age for longer periods. Tempranillo […]

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26
May

A Frozen Drink in Summertime Heat

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  It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and in my mind, the unofficial start of summer (I’d like to believe we’re finally done with snow for the next few months). That means taking advantage of eating outside, reading a book outside, and just generally, being outside. But it also can get incredibly hot during the summer months, which can put a cramp in my outside time. So to stay cool, it’s time to break out the blender and enjoy some frozen drinks. With alcohol. Frozen drinks tend to be so easy and so delicious and are a nice change of pace from just a glass of wine or beer.   There are of course the standard frozen margaritas or frozen rosé, but you’d […]

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21
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Gewürztraminer   Gewürztraminer (pronounced guh-VURZ-tra-meen-er) is one of the most aromatic wines you’ll encounter. This is appropriately fitting, considering the prefix, gewürz, means spice in German. Gewürztraminer comes from a pink grape, the savagnin rosé, and does well in cooler areas. While the wine does have a German name, and the grape comes from Germany, it actually originated in Italy in a small town at the foot of the Dolomite Mountains. It is here in the province of Trentino-Alto Adige and in the France region of Alsace that you’ll find some of the best gewürztraminer being made. As for the aromas and flavors that you’ll find, there often is roses, orange marmalade, lychees, grapefruit, apricot and ginger/gingerbread. While there […]

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05
May

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Every 5th of May, people throw parties and restaurants have some kind of discount to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. For a little background on the day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the anniversary of the Mexican army’s defeat over the French at the Battle of Puebla 1862 as part of the Franco-Mexican War. (It is not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated in September.) There were over twice as many soldiers for the French as there were for the Mexicans, yet the Mexican army came out victorious. The victory bolstered the resistance, and with the help of the US, the French withdrew in 1867. The day is celebrated every year in the Mexico state of Puebla, but […]

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16
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Cabernet Sauvignon   Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that you see everywhere, but otherwise may not know much about. The cabernet sauvignon grape is the love child between sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc; it is a full-body red that is incredibly tannic, but also layered and powerful. Because of the tannins, Cabernet Sauvignon has the ability to age well once it’s bottled, though this isn’t to say it can’t be consumed right away. The other characteristic that sets cabernet sauvignon apart from other wines is its distinct flavors and aromas. Black current and black cherry are the two you’ll likely pick up first, but it also often contains hints of tobacco, licorice, green bell pepper, and cigar amongst others. […]

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09
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Riesling   Riesling is one of the most versatile wines in the world. Though it hails from Germany, the grapes can be found in regions all over the world. Because Riesling grapes are grown in different areas, it is made in different styles; the wine tends to reflect the region from which it comes. While it may be made in different styles, the same characteristics tend to carry throughout: high acidity, low alcohol, and aromatic. Riesling often carries the fruity aromas of peaches, melons, apricots, and apples. It’s a light, refreshing wine that smells good and is easy on your taste buds. Where Riesling really gets interesting is when the topic of dry or sweet wine comes up. Riesling […]

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07
Apr

Springtime Spritzer

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Hello Readers! I hope you are enjoying that springtime weather, I know I am. I am so ready for summer and all the warmth it brings; I’m over not being able to go anywhere without a coat. I myself am always cold, but since it is getting warmer out, I would like to share a story of how I discovered Wine Spritzers and Sangria. For most of my adult life, I always observed that red wine seemed to be for the cold season. You never drank that full-bodied Malbec on a hot day because the sun was meant for a crisp and cooling Moscato, right? True, but if you prefer red wines, you don’t have to forgo it just because […]

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02
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Sangiovese   One of the most popular varietals of Italy, Sangiovese grapes are grown in the Tuscany region of central Italy and are used to produce great wines such as Chianti, Vino Nobile do Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino. Though mostly grown in Tuscany, the Sangiovese grapes are used for wines in the regions of Umbria and Emilia-Romagna, and are now being seen in different parts of the world – California, Australia, and Argentina for example. What’s interesting about the Sangiovese grape is that research has found one of its parent grapes to be the Calabrese di Montenuovo in southern Italy. There are different mutations of the grape as it can alter its genetics to fit its environment. However, […]

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