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June 15, 2017
When you’re wine tasting, you undoubtedly hear the terms aroma and bouquet tossed around. You’ve perhaps even considered them to be one in the same, as they are used so interchangeably. And, while they are indeed related, there is a distinct difference between the two.

 

 
June 10, 2017
Merlot, which in French means The Little Blackbird, is the second most popular red grape in America (after Cabernet Sauvignon). Known for being soft, ripe and elegant, most Merlots are easy drinking reds that go well both with food as well as on their own. This is an approachable grape varietal and is often recommended as the first red wine someone new to red wine should drink.

 

 
June 1, 2017
Whether you call it a Rosé, a Blush, or a Rosado, what we are talking about here are pink wines. Unfortunately, these wines have a bad reputation that stems back from Sutter Home’s introduction of their White Zinfandel in the late 1970’s. Many people think of pink wines as cheap, sweet and thin and refer to them as a ‘starter wines’. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Simply stated, the popularity of these pink-tinted wines is on the rise.

 

 
May 25, 2017
Edam Cheese is a semi-hard, pale yellow Dutch cheese with a mildly-tangy and slightly salty taste. Traditionally the cheese is made in a ball shape, but you may also spot it in squat rounds, or a loaf shape. It is a commercial cheese made in cheese factories.

 

 
May 15, 2017
No list of favorite French cheeses would be complete without the inclusion of A.O.C. Roquefort Cheese. Roquefort is an ancient cheese which dates back about 2,000 years and it well deserves its reputation as one of France's national treasures.

 

 
May 1, 2017
There’s no mystery to serving wine, right? Just open the bottle and pour. Of course you know that serving a wine with the appropriate foods can help to enhance flavors and qualities of the wine- a juicy char-grilled steak with a big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon or broiled salmon filet with a buttery Chardonnay. You may even think about decanting a wine to let it “breathe” before serving it. But did you know that serving wine at the right temperature has an important impact on how it will taste?

 

 
April 25, 2017
Pinot Blanc may not receive the same respect given to noble varieties like Chardonnay and Riesling, or even other Alsatian whites like Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. But at its best, with grapes from low-yielding vines, Pinot Blanc can produce exciting values: creamy, medium bodied wines, with honey-like aromas and flavors.

 

 
April 15, 2017
This is one of the best British cheeses, worthy of a sonnet. It is a quintessential English cheese, suitable not only for celebrations, but also to perk up everyday dishes. It is the only British cheese to have a Certification Trade Mark and an EU Protected Name.

 

 
April 1, 2017
It is April now. The beginning of Summer is in sight. Perhaps you are starting to think of outdoor entertaining. It might be fun to “mix” things up with what wines you serve your guests. Mix can be taken literally and figuratively...

 

 
March 20, 2017
The origins of Petite Sirah are equally as ambiguous as Syrah. We know Petite Sirah has been grown in California for at least 130 years. In fact, it was, until twenty years ago, the most planted red grape varietal in the state, mostly planted in the San Joaquin and Monterey Counties.  

 

 
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