Wine 101

Wine 101 / August 31, 2017

Cheers to Cabernet Day!

Cabernet Sauvignon is planted all over the world. Known for big, rich flavor, this dry wine is California’s most successful grape varietal. Due to strength of its tannins, Cabernet Sauvignon ages beautifully.Where is the Cabernet?Best known and grown in Napa Valley, Paso Robles and Sonoma’s Alexander…

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Wine 101 / April 12, 2017

Toast to Malbec World Day!

April 17 marks Malbec World Day – a day to celebrate a magical little grape, with roots set far south of the equator. Like the beat of the Tango, this Argentine native will dance its way into your heart with its variety of pairing options and great value.A few of…

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Wine 101 / March 1, 2017

Grape to Glass: Your Magic – How to Enjoy Wine

It’s time to enjoy!Aging wine in the bottle is also called cellaring. If you’ve brought a bottle home and you’re storing it in a dark, cool place, you’re aging your wine. In pop culture, it seems like old wine is always better wine – but truthfully…

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Wine 101 / January 19, 2017

Grape to Glass: Bottling

After the winemaker feels like the wine is complete, it’s time to bottle the wine for distribution.TimingWine ages in two different ways. Aerobically – that’s when it’s fermenting in the tank, completing the chemical changes that take it from grape juice to wine.  Wine also ages…

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Wine 101 / January 12, 2017

Grape to Glass: Barreling and Aging

History of barrelingAfter we stored our wine in clay pots and before we kept wine in glass bottles, most wines were stored and sold in barrels.  Although we no longer store and transport wine in bottles, we’ve become accustomed to the flavors that barrel storage brings to the…

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Entertain/Food, Wine 101 / November 3, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Wine Guide

Once you have your Thanksgiving menu planned, it’s time to move on to the next most important part of the meal – the wine.Below is our guide to creating perfect Thanksgiving pairings from appetizers to dessert!All of the wines featured in this guide are available in the Wine…

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Wine 101 / October 27, 2016

Grape to Glass: Fermentation

Fermentation is the process in winemaking where sugar converts to alcohol. This is where we turn grape juice into an alcoholic beverage. Back in the 1800’s, Louis Pasteur noticed that there was a connection between yeast and fermentation. He recognized the process where the yeast acts as the catalyst…

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Wine 101 / September 8, 2016

Grape to Glass: Harvest & Crush

California’s wine country comes alive during harvest and crush. In most of the Northern Hemisphere, harvest takes place during late August through early October, with sparkling wine grapes harvested in late July, and late harvest grapes picked later in October. For the previous 10 months of the year, winemakers…

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Wine 101 / August 25, 2016

Grape to Glass: Ripening

Ripeness in grapes for winemaking is determined by many factors. The decision to harvest grapes is determined by the kind of grape, the location, the length of the growing season, the sugars and the acidity. Unlike other fruit like bananas and apples, grapes don’t keep ripening when they’re…

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Wine 101 / August 22, 2016

Grape to Glass: Veraison

In the world of grape growers, veraison is an exciting time. Not only is it when the grapes start to change color, it also means that harvest is just around the corner.Usually in mid-August, the grapes begin to take on their final colors of purple – but this happens…

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Wine 101 / August 10, 2016

Sisterhood Direct Social Director Interview: Meryl Holland

This is the first in our series of interviews with the first group of women to join Sisterhood Direct as Social Directors. Sisterhood Direct is a brand new direct wine service that lets you make money while you share your love of wines. In case you missed it, catch up…

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Crafts, Style, Wine 101 / August 2, 2016

Crafty Party Planning: Matching Wine Labels and Invitations

When it comes to planning a party, coordination is key. Now you can take your party to the next level with personalized invitations and matching wine bottle labels.Our friends at Windsor Vineyards have partnered with Evite to create four custom invitations and six matching wine labels for summer birthday…

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