Wine Recommendations

Pet Nats

It’s Fizzy, It’s Delicious, It’s a Pét-Nat

In anticipation of Independence Day and the sweet sounds of corks popping and something fizzy and alcoholic filling your glass, I want to encourage you to set aside the Cava, forget the Champagne—Franciacorta? Don’t even go there—and break into the effervescent world of pétillant-naturel wine, or “pét-nats,” as the sommelier kids call ‘em. First, a …

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Wines from Greece

New Wines of Greece: 6 Producers to Try

Earlier this year, New Wines of Greece reached out to us and offered up a smattering of samples from several growing regions. Stephanie Block sipped and reviewed them below based on their merits and gives a general overview of what to know about wines from Greece. – Jonathan Cristaldi, Editor-in-Chief  by Stephanie Block Travel back …

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Memorial Day Rose

Memorial Day: Skip the Red the White and Go Rosé

The thought of imbibing on rosé year-round once raised eyebrows by the wine elite–it was a sure sign of the amateur wine consumer. But, as with most things, the times they have a-changed. It’s no longer a faux-pas to crack open a bottle of your favorite Provençal rosé in the dead of winter–hey, if you’ve …

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The State of Virginia Wine

The State of Virginia Wine

In celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, which is today, April 13, we asked Alicia Cypress, a fellow of the 2016 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, and digital editor with NPR, to report on the state of the wine industry from Virginia. Cypress attended the Virginia Wine Summit last week and offers insights into wine styles, tourism and her …

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Found Father of Wine - Thomas Jefferson

Founding Father of Wine – Thomas Jefferson

In celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday–April 13–we are digging deep into this founding father of wine and third POTUS’ grape-growing experiments from his celebrated home in Monticello, Virginia. Consider this a teaser to our American Wine Studies certification program, which covers the history of winemaking in the U.S. and explores American Viticultural Areas from coast …

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Carneros Wine Alliance

Carneros Wine Alliance Annual Spring Barrel Tasting

The Carneros Wine Alliance held their annual Spring Barrel Tasting on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Below are my tasting highlights from the event, and just before that is a brief history of the region, written by Catherine Bugue, Director of Education at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. I’m tellin’ ya, folks. I’m a big Carneros Chardonnay …

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