Wine Roundups

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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Covenant Wines RED C

Guide to Wine for Passover

by Stephanie Block Mazel tov, it’s almost Passover! We know that our Jewish readers are elbow-deep in matzo balls and bidding a fond farewell to Wonder Bread for the 8-day unleavened extravaganza, and we know our non-Jewish readers love learning about all sorts of wine cultures, so here is a timely guide to the kosher-for-Passover …

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Paso Robles Adelaida District

Exploring the Adelaida District of Paso Robles

In 2014, the vast Paso Robles AVA was divided into eleven sub-regions. “Paso Robles was the largest un-subdivided AVA within California at approximately 614,000 acres,” writes Jason Haas for Blog Tablas Creek, back in September of 2013. “By contrast, the Napa Valley appellation (which includes sixteen AVA’s delineated within its bounds) is roughly one-third the …

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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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Jose Rallo

Wines From Italy: Donnafugata and Tenute Rubino

L to R: Nino Santoro, Vineyard Manager and José Rallo, Owner, Donnafugata Winery. With the Italian Wine Professional course from Italian Wine Central slated to take place at our Napa Valley Wine Academy HQ in just two weeks, we wanted to highlight four wines that students will be tasting during the course. These four–two from …

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Pouring Report: Italy, France and Portugal

We’re thrilled to introduce the first of many “Pouring Reports” that will post throughout 2016. We hope that these Pouring Reports will serve two purposes. First, to introduce you to an array of wines that fall within the “Good” to “Outstanding” category, as outlined in the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting. Second, to inspire you …

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Adventures in Alsace

Adventures in Alsace

Cover Image: The village of Niedermorschwihr. Photo Credit: Wines of Alsace. by Shelley Cartland Before my multi-country solo wine tour, my answer to “What is your favorite wine?” was always: “French, anything French.” But to be honest, I only truly knew the most popular red wines from the largest regions. So, while I began my …

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Thanksgiving Wines to Drink

5 Wines to DRINK this Thanksgiving

We know there are plenty of lists out there on wines to pair with foods on Thanksgiving. But what about a list that is devoted entirely to wines meant for drinking? Period. No fuss over pairing with certain foods–just sip, dice that onion, sip, slice those carrots, sip, peel those potatoes, sip, take in some …

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