Mourvèdre is one of our favorite red grapes. It buds and ripens late, produces firm wines that can be high in alcohol, and creates deliciously earthy wines with soft fruit flavors. One of the many glorious grape varietals of the Mediterranean, the grape is extremely popular in the Rhone Valley and Provence regions of France (hello, […]
Making wine is risky business. Not only does it take costly equipment, from temperature-controlled tanks to pneumatic presses to oak barrels; it also includes some high stakes real estate and often-unpredictable biochemical reactions that keep winemakers constantly on their toes from fermentation right through to bottling. The biggest risk factor of them all? Mother Nature.
We’ve all seen it before: sprawled across the back of a wine label, written in a tasting note online, or heard it uttered from the mouth of a sommelier at a restaurant. The term “well-balanced” seems to be thrown around like crazy in the wine world, but what exactly does it mean? We’re here to […]
Fact: beer lovers who refuse to drink wine are missing out. Yes, of course, beer and wine are two very different beverages. Beer is brewed year-round from a variety of starches, treated more like an ever-evolving recipe to experiment with and perfect. It’s seen as a casual, (usually) unpretentious beverage, created to be delicious and […]
Planning on poppin’ some bottles this week? Do they have to be Champagne? ‘Cause maybe you could get as much bubbly love from a bottle (or three) of more affordable, incredibly increasingly popular Prosecco. One of the major reasons Prosecco is more affordable than Champagne has to do with the way it’s made. While Cava—sparkling […]
It’s a problem that plagues many wine drinkers, you enjoy red wine, but aren’t a fan of tannins – the compound that creates a drying sensation in your mouth, like when you over-brew black tea. For some of you, the natural histamines that go along with it may even create an allergic response. So what […]
It’s the picture of summer: the sun is out, shades are on, barbecue is sizzling, and it’s time to stretch out in the lounge chair with a refreshing glass of…red wine? The warm weather months can be tough on red wine lovers, who might not be able to stomach a glass of their favorite rich […]
The holy grail is finding a good bottle of wine for under $10. We’re not just talking about a wine that is drinkable, we’re talking about a wine that you genuinely enjoy drinking, and want to drink again and again.
It’s quite possible that you don’t think of the local liquor store as a place for purchasing fine wine – unless of course you live in a state where the liquor store is your only option. You probably prefer to discover higher-end bottles at specialty wine shops, from the wineries themselves, or even online. And […]