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Tips For The Casual Wine Drinker: Is There a Right Way to Drink Wine?

Author: Zeke Quezada

Date: 7/16/2016

We all love to drink wine but what do we really need to know to make sure that we are doing it right?  Nothing! You put the glass to your mouth, you taste the grapes and you enjoy. That is the best tip we could ever give you. However, the little nuances of the wine world and perception about the unknown often leads to just a tiny it of anxiety. Don’t worry, we can help.
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Young Does Not Mean Bad

Author: Mike Madigan

Date: 8/8/2015

 
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Do not Leave Wine in a Car-!

Author: Alma M. Callan

Date: 7/24/2015

In the last week I've been travelling from Sonoma, Napa to San Francisco and have come across more people coming up to me sharing and being upset about their Wines being bad....
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Tips on Pairing Food with Wine

Author: Lamar Engel

Date: 7/12/2015

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What is a good wine?

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 6/12/2015

This question comes up a lot and the answer is fairly simple: if YOU like it, then it’s a good wine for you to drink. Like art, music, fashion, food preferences, sports teams and many other things, wine enjoyment is based on your personal preference. Period. Do not let some glass-wielding, self-proclaimed wine expert (even me) tell you otherwise. For example, I love the way Jimmy Choo shoes look, but would I buy them? Hell no. I would most likely twist an ankle and honestly, I’d rather spend that kind of money on wine. I refuse to suffer for beauty. That’s my personal preference.
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No need to rinse out your glass!

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 4/29/2015

Many tasting room visitors feel that they should rinse out their glass between tastes of wine. This really isn’t necessary - it dilutes your next taste and makes you look like an amateur.
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A Wine-dy Drive

Author: Mike Madigan

Date: 8/29/2015

If you want to come to wine country here in northern California, and aren’t in the mood to do any tasting, then I have an idea: How ‘bout a nice drive?  I’d start in Napa, frankly, along the Silverado trail then up to Howell Mountain, where you can appreciate unforeseen views and thick stretches of trees and wild dimensions; the encompassing forest and windy roads, removed from any noise or commotion.
And if you’re on the Sonoma side of things, take a relieving cruise through Dry Creek Valley, on Healdsburg’s west side, seeing all the enveloping vineyards and nearly inescapable wine elements and visuals around you, coupled with richly green hills and the freeness of that quiet air...  
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Not So Cold!

Author: Mike Madigan

Date: 8/20/2015

With whites, you want to normally serve them chilled, plainly cold.  That’s your impulse, we understand.  But you don’t have to.  There’s no rule saying you have to.  In fact, try serving your whites, especially Chardonnay and Viognier, a little more to room temperature. Of course not too elevated, but not so cold.
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Why Swirl the Wine?

Author: Mike Madigan

Date: 7/21/2015

 
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Have a Wine Tasting Party!

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 6/29/2015

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Ten New Pink Wine picks with Class and Style

Author: Christopher Sawyer

Date: 6/29/2015

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Get the Red Out!

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 4/29/2015

No need to cry over spilled wine (unless it’s really good red wine!). If you spill red wine on your carpet, furniture, tablecloth or clothes, there are several effective ways to easily remove the stain. There are a few commercial wine stain removal products on the market, but every day household items can be just as effective....
 
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Wine and Pizza

Author: Mike Madigan

Date: 8/23/2015

One of the most obvious pairings that I can think of for wine, and the most fun, and the most human.  Again, very much what wine’s intended to be, and innately is.  Fun.  Some recommendations, or “Tips” as it so categorically were, A Dry Creek Zin with a Sicilian-style pizza.  Now, I know, “Why not pair it with a Barbera, or Super Tuscan, or Sangio’?” Well, you could, but since we’re in California, and Zin is known to be the California varietal, try one with bold but not obnoxious fruit composition and forwardness, enjoy how it syncs and aligns lovingly with the herbs and earthy dimensions, spicy sausage, and that fluffy comforting dough upon which the Sicilian style prides itself.
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On Merlot

Author: Mike Madigan

Date: 8/11/2015

 Everyone who has something against Merlot or think they have some legitimate stance against Merlot.. my “opinion” is to let it go.  Much of the discord with Merlot of course precipitates from the movie “Sideways”, a film I quite enjoy to be honest.  BUT.. there are Merlots out there, domestic and distanced that would utterly wow you.  To write off all Merlot is absurd.  Now, if you don’t like Merlot as a result of simply not enjoying the innate characteristics of the varietal, then fine.  But to universally dismiss Merlot is putting you as the consumer in a position only to miss out on extraordinary wines.  Some producers that hold my attention with bottling extraordinary Merlot are Pride, St. Francis, Trefethen, Duckhorn, PlumpJack, Paradigm, Gundlach Bundschu, and countless others.  There’s incredible Merlot out there.  And if you should know, Merlot was the varietal that brought me into the wine world, to living as a proverbial wine consumer.
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Walk A Vineyard

Author: Mike Madigan

Date: 8/3/2015

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Don’t be afraid to spit!

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 6/29/2015

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Gently introduce your non-wine-drinking friends to the wonderful world of wine!

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 6/20/2015

If you have friends whose alcoholic beverage of choice is usually beer or cocktails, but they are willing to give wine a go, try the following:
 
 On a nice warm day, share a chilled sweeter style white wine with them, like a Riesling or Gewürztraminer. Prosecco, a fruity sparkler from Italy or Cava, a sassy Spanish sparkler are both excellent and refreshing and tend to be reasonably priced choices as well. I call these types of wines “patio pounders”, because you can easily pound back a few glasses while sitting on your patio. Hic! 

Invite your non-wine-drinking friend over to dinner and serve a big, fruity (red) Zinfandel with your main course. Zinfandel pairs well with BBQ ribs, salmon, Tri-Tip, pizza and pastas with spicy sauces. 
 
Take your friend out for a day of wine tasting and encourage them to ask your tasting host(s) questions. 

Have your friend try a nice, dry Rosé. Don’t fear the pink. There are lots of great, easy-drinking Rosés available right now and they are a really good “gateway wine.” 

Take your friend on a wine-buying trip at your favorite wine shop. Let them look at all the pretty labels and pick out a few fun wines to try together. Can you say “adventure?” I knew you could. 

Answer their questions about wine to the best of your ability. Learning about wine can be intimidating, but remember, wine really is just a beverage and it should be fun! 

Do a blind tasting for them. Buy two or three fruity white wines and two or three softer (not tannic) reds, put them in brown bags, pour and ask your friend what their impression of the wines is. Serve fun snacks to go with the wines. Offer them bonus points for descriptors! 

Check our website! We have tons of great wine information available!

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Suggest some books for them to read. My favorite wine books include: 
  • The Wine Lover’s Companion by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst
  • The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil
  • How to Taste by Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Genius by Janice Fuhrman
  • Wine For Dummies by Ed McCarthy & Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Cheers,

Sue Straight
The Wine Wench®  
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How To Hold A Wine Glass

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 6/11/2015

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