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  • Be Nice

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Sue Straight Date: 4/29/2015 Don’t mean to sound like your Mom, but common courtesy will get you far. This applies to all aspects of life and tasting room experi

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Sue Straight Date: 4/29/2015 When you are out wine tasting, there really aren’t any stupid questions (well, ok, other than the time a customer asked me why it sm

  • Dress Appropriately

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Sue Straight Date: 4/29/2015 No, I’m not talking wine country dress code here, just comfort and practicality. The weather in wine country is often c

  • “It’s all good!”

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Sue Straight Date: 4/29/2015 Over the past 30 plus years, I have poured wine for thousands of people, many of whom were in

  • How To Hold A Wine Glass

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Sue Straight Date: 6/11/2015 “How do you hold a wine glass?” I get asked this question frequently. The first thing I would say is “carefully and upright, so you don’t spill the wine,” but there actually is a right and a wrong way to h

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

    Date: 10-03-2017

    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 f

  • Get the Red Out!

    Date: 10-03-2017

    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 sever

  • No need to rinse out your glass!

    Date: 10-03-2017

    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 dilu

  • Don’t be afraid to spit!

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Sue Straight Date: 6/29/2015 I know this may sound gross, but when you are out wine tasting, spitting is an excellent idea. If you plan on tasting more than 5 or 6 win

  • Ten New Pink Wine picks with Class and Style

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Christopher Sawyer Date: 6/29/2015 During the summer and fall months, dry rosé style wines are fantastic to serve with tangy cheeses, charcuterie platters, gazp

  • What is a good wine?

    Date: 10-03-2017

    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, musi

  • Walk A Vineyard

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Mike Madigan Date: 8/3/2015             At any stage in the development of the grapes, whether there&rsqu

  • Have a Wine Tasting Party!

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Sue Straight Date: 6/29/2015 Here is a recipe for a fun and informative wine tasting party:   6 to

  • Why Swirl the Wine?

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Mike Madigan Date: 7/21/2015   Quite simply, it wakes the wine up, coaxes it open for appreciation and so all the flavor components in its structure are mor

  • Tips on Pairing Food with Wine

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Lamar Engel Date: 7/12/2015 We often hear the term - 'How to pair wine with food' which for most of us, can be daunting as the choices seem endles

  • On Merlot

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Mike Madigan Date: 8/11/2015  Everyone who has something against Merlot or think they have some legitimate stance against Merlo

  • Not So Cold!

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Mike Madigan Date: 8/20/2015 With whites, you want to normally serve them chilled, plainly cold.  That’s your impulse, we

  • Young Does Not Mean Bad

    Date: 10-03-2017

    Author: Mike Madigan Date: 8/8/2015   Not bad at all.  Yes, if a wine is young it needs time.  But, as well with this title, I suggest we drink more wines

  • Wine and Pizza

    Date: 10-03-2017

    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.&nb

  • A Wine-dy Drive

    Date: 10-03-2017

    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