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Pinot Noir: The Heartbreak Grape

08.18.22 10:25 AM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Pinot Noir: The Heartbreak Grape

Happy National Pinot Noir Day!!
As we now have a greater following, I thought I would re-circulate some of my prior wine education blogs.  Hopefully you can enjoy learning about the amazing world of wine, as I have all these years. I'm currently studying for the Certified Sommelier Examination (...

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: The Regal from Rhône

04.05.22 03:51 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape: The Regal from Rhône


Châteauneuf-du-Pape 

Pronounced: shah toe nuf-dew-pahp 



Below is a map of southern Rhône. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the southern Rhône’s most exclusive appellation: 


The name Châteauneuf-du-Pape literally means the “New castle of the Pope“. During the 14th Century, the city of Avignon,...

Chenin Blanc, My New Obsession

03.29.22 05:04 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Chenin Blanc, My New Obsession

I've always been more of a red wine drinker, especially in the winter and fall, but I think as I study more wines from around the world, my palate has definitely grown. I have always appreciated Champagne, Prosecco, and Chardonnay (my favorites of all time being Far Niente and Château Montelena Char...

Pinot Noir "The Heartbreak Grape"

02.22.22 06:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Pinot Noir "The Heartbreak Grape"

As we now have a greater following, I thought I would re-circulate some of my prior wine education blogs.  Hopefully you can enjoy learning about the amazing world of wine, as I have all these years. I'm currently studying for the Certified Sommelier Examination (The 2nd exam) administered by t...

The Picpoul Varietals

05.12.21 07:11 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
The Picpoul Varietals


As I was looking for a wine to blog about this week, I came across a grape I had never heard of: The Picpoul (also seen with the spelling Piquepoul). It is grown primarily in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc regions of France as well as Catalonia, Spain. It exists both in dark-skinned (Picpoul no...

The Malbec from Mendoza Argentina

04.21.21 04:57 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
The Malbec from Mendoza Argentina

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Malbec is a red grape, originally from France in areas such as Cahors and Bordeaux, that has found fame across the seas in Argentina, flourishing particularly well in the foothills of the Andes in the region of Mendoza, in Argentina’s Cuyo region. These wines are classically described as full-b...

Wine Faults......

04.07.21 07:40 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Wine Faults......


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Wine faults..... not wine vault......are when wine becomes bad for one reason or another. Sometimes it's just that the wine has lived beyond its age. Other times, it's because it was improperl...

Sauvignon Blanc 

03.31.21 05:20 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Sauvignon Blanc 

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Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape varietal that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. It is the momma-grape to the Cabernet Sauvignon. The papa-grape is the well known Cabernet Franc.  The Sauvignon blanc most likely gets its name from the French words 'sauvage' (wi...

Quick & Tangy Bruschetta

03.23.21 07:14 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Quick & Tangy Bruschetta

Quick & Tangy Bruschetta 


This is one of my favorite appetizers. It pairs well with wine. ;) Minimal but quality ingredients.


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Ingredients

*A fresh loaf of Italian bread 

*5 or 6 vine-ripe tomatoes (or any favorite), chopped into small pieces and placed in a small bowl

*3 Tables...

Aglianico

03.17.21 08:52 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Aglianico

In the foothills of Mount Vulture in Basilicata, southern Italy, some of the greatest wines are grown. The volcanic soil often imparts extra depth of flavors and minerals.  Last September I did a blog on this wine. (Aglianico, A Southern Italian Gem - The Working Mom). I wanted to ...

Vertical Tasting of a Prominent Left Bank Bordeaux

03.10.21 04:30 AM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Vertical Tasting of a Prominent Left Bank Bordeaux

I have really embraced the world of Bordeaux wine, still a newbie with these French wines, but my palate is ever expanding with the 6,000 wineries in this region. I was able to find very a reputable Left Bank Bordeaux. Remember that a Left Bank Bordeaux has a higher ratio of Cabernet Sauvignon than ...

Duckhorn versus Decoy

02.24.21 07:22 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Duckhorn versus Decoy




Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley California has always been a favorite of mine. Having visited many years ago, the tasting room, cellars, and the vineyard itself is so impressive. Their Merlot is the most notable of their wines, but all of their wines are top rated and delicious. If you've ever see...

Drunk in the Wild

02.17.21 06:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Drunk in the Wild

Our ancestors drank beer, wine, and mead. They have been for 9000+ years. No one is certain, but it's likely that barley got wet (and fermented), grape juice sat too long (and fermented), and water sweetened with honey, sat too long (and fermented). My guess is the folks who tried this stuff were ki...

Blanc de Blanc versus Blanc de Noir

02.03.21 04:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Blanc de Blanc versus Blanc de Noir

The three main grapes used in Champagne production are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, both “black” grapes, and Chardonnay, a light-skinned grape. 


In Champagne, the term Blanc de Blancs designates Champagnes made only from Chardonnay grapes, whereas Blanc de Noir is created using only Pinot Noir or ...

Beaujolais, the Festive Cousin of the Pinot Noir

01.27.21 11:32 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Beaujolais, the Festive Cousin of the Pinot Noir




Gamay..... sounds like something you would shout as you win a round of some game.... but it's actually a grape varietal, and sometimes a great one at that. Gamay was originally planted just outside of the Burgundy region of France in a region calle...

Famous Wine Quotes

01.20.21 07:06 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Famous Wine Quotes

Wine Wednesdays often involve a glass of wine, so as I toast to the future ahead, I thought I would also reflect on our past with some famous wine quotes........



*He really was a wise old man.....



*Lover of wine from the 8th century BC



*Galileo was forever the scientist, but he also loved his vino........

Champagne, France

01.13.21 04:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Champagne, France



Before I started learning about Champagne, I merely thought it was just sparkling white wine. I had zero concept of the rules, regulations, and deeply rooted history that went into this incredible wine. This week, I'd like to journey back to France, in the Champagne appellation. This is a place of m...

Why Wine On Wednesday?

01.06.21 08:57 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Why Wine On Wednesday?



Happy New Year! You may think that Wine Wednesday is a random thing. Why have "Wine Wednesday"? For me, I thought the phrase just sounded catchy, but after doing some digging, there is actually some research behind the mid-week glass of vino. 




According to Cobevco, (a United Kingdom wi...

Holiday Wine Around The World

12.30.20 04:00 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Holiday Wine Around The World

This week I thought I would focus on the holiday wine traditions around the world. For those of us in the northern hemisphere it is cold, dark, and often festive with the holiday lights, sounds, and scents.

The Wassail is a tradition most commonly associated with cider country Wassail in England. It ...

Wines of Hungary

12.16.20 07:13 PM By Lisa - Comment(s)
Wines of Hungary



The Hungarian wine industry can be traced back to the Roman Empire. Through the mid-1900s, Hungary saw a decline in the quality wine while the country was under communist rule. Quantity and profit for exports was favored over quality. It wasn't until the 1990s that the Hungarian wi...

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