September 2, 2017 Evans Gebhardt Comments (0)

Biggest mistake most often made?  Drinking reds too warm and whites too cold.  Drives me crazy so I thought I would share some thoughts on getting the temp right.  Jancis Robinson's research is that to get the most flavor out of any wine, no matter red, white, or rose, your target range should be 60 - 65°F.  That's nice and a...

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Merlot vs Cabernet: Choosing the Right Red

June 12, 2017 Comments (0)

When it comes to red wines, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are two of the most popular choices. It’s not surprising that these two wines are so beloved: Both have strong, fruity flavors that don’t require a subtle palate or experience with wine tasting to enjoy, making them good choices for beginners and casual wine drinkers. Of...

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Saintsbury Winery Co-Founder Richard Ward Passes

June 6, 2017 Comments (0)

One of the great innovators of Napa Valley wine has died. Richard Ward, an early pioneer of Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay passed away May 27 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67. Ward helped put Napa Valley on the map for Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. In the 1970s, Napa Valley was rapidly gaining the reputation it ...

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Big Bottles of Champagne

February 14, 2017 Evans Gebhardt Comments (0)

There is nothing like bringing out a 15 liter bottle of Champagne at your party. Talk about huge WOW factor! Ironically, these big bottles of funare named after Biblical figures (which accounts for the differing spellings). To keep things straight, here's a list of sizes. Size Name ...

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A Beautiful Ending

May 30, 2016 Tanya Tuccillo Comments (0)

Days 8 and 9 of our Tuscan Biking and Culinary Adventure Saturday morning in Montepulciano brought bright sunshine and warm air perfect for biking. Some highlights: -the gourmet breakfast made by Mama in our luxurious accomodations, courtesy of Bliss Travels. Six different cakes and tarts - we absolutely love that these are ...

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Montepulciano Awaits

May 28, 2016 Tanya Tuccillo Comments (0)

Day 8 of our Tuscan wine, food and bike adventure. We awoke to a lavender-scented breeze and vineyards drenched in sunshine. Walking down to the breakfast terrace we were greeted by the site of the lovely Coralia racing up the driveway in her car, with a fresh-baked pear cake. Another moment on our journey which couldn't get any bet...

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