It’s Bastille Day! La Fête nationale, The National Celebration, The French Revolution!I can’t help but think of Champagne on a day like this, and what better way to celebrate than pop a bottle of bubbles and yell “Vive La France!”Here are my top 5 Champagnes that could have been used to celebrate the revolution! Continue reading Top 5 Champagnes for Bastille Day!
Whether you call them “porch pounders” or “summer sippers,” these refreshing wines evoke everything you love about the season — brilliant sunsets, long hot days and backyard barbecues. They are the quintessential easy drinkers and they make everything a little brighter and more fun.Here are some of my favorites: Continue reading Somme Things I Think About: What do I want to drink on a summer day?
Kia Ora! (Maori greeting literally meaning “be well,” but more commonly used to mean “Hi”)On a wine trip to New Zealand earlier this year, I fell in love. No, I didn’t meet Mr. Right, but I did fall for the wine region of my dreams! New Zealand is most famous in the US for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and while it fully deserves that fame, there’s so much more to love across both islands. Continue reading New Zealand – The Land of Diversity and Innovation
Jefferson toasted, Hancock smuggled, and Washington greeted voters with a healthy glass of Madeira. But how did this tiny island beverage come to be colonial America’s top wine? Why, the perfect combination of luck, timing, and political prowess – of course! But to understand the importance of Madeira in American history, we must first start at the beginning.Continue reading How Madeira fueled the American Revolution
It’s a common question – if how long can I keep a bottle of wine after opening it? While some are confused by the question (they’re in what we call the “clean bottle club”), it’s still good to know what happens to a bottle of wine after opening. Air is a wine’s best friend and its worst enemy. After opening a wine, air brings out and enhances the aromas and flavors of the wine. That’s the purpose of swirling your glass or using a decanter. But too much oxygen leads a wine down the path to becoming vinegar. That’s why many wines go “bad” a few days after opening. So here are some tips on how to preserve that bottle.Continue reading Tips & Tricks on Preserving Wine