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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 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 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 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 15, 2017
We have all come across wines that were in need of some sort of help. For certain wines, the help could be as easy as allowing the wine to breathe. Wine is said to be alive, in that it changes chemically as it ages. But do wines actually breathe?

 

 
March 4, 2017
There is no doubt that one of the most enjoyable ways for a group of wine lovers to learn about wine is a "blind tasting" where the participants sample several wines without knowing what they are until after the wine is tasted. This is a wonderful way to learn about wine, however there are a couple of issues that you need to be aware of.

 

 
February 4, 2017
Cima Collina roughly translates as “hill top,” and there’s really no better way to describe the quality Cima Collina winery produces. Here at A Taste of Monterey, we are excited to have Cima Collina represented as one of Monterey County’s top wineries. A quote from winemaker, Annette Hoff, truly reflects the character and approach of the winery.

 

 
January 4, 2017
The long days of the harvest are over. Primary fermentation of the year’s
grapes is over and by now wines are being stored in steel tanks or wood
barrels. The vines are dormant in the vineyard with the settling in of colder
weather. It must be quiet in wineries this time of year in winter, right? Not
really.

 

 
December 9, 2016
There’s a chill in the air these days. Yes, even here in California. This time of year certain flavors and foods seem to be more appealing than at other times. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, ginger, cardamom, anise, clove, sage…all are popular seasonal flavors.  Just as certain flavors and foods have a special appeal in the waning months of the year, this is also true of wines

 

 
December 5, 2016
 "This is a Rhône-style wine." You've heard the line before, but the definition of a Rhône-style wine can vary and calls for some discussion. As always, we're here to bolster your vino knowledge. So grab your corkscrews and let's go Rhône!

 

 
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