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California Wine History

Date: Fri, May 4, 2012 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Beginnings, Blights, Bans and Bounty The California Wine Industry may have John Smith to thank for failing at the very first attempt to produce wine in the US. He happened to be in the wrong place – Virginia (bad conditions) – at the wrong time – 1607 (no technology.) A bit further west existed the [...]

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Beaujolais Nouveau | Always Available on the Third Thursday of November

Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Beaujolais Nouveau is a great attention getting red. Chill it, pour it, and drink it heartily – Beaujolais Nouveau is the red that break the rules. This fruity, young wine is an attention-getter in a lot of ways. Made exclusively from the Gamay grape that is hand-picked in the Beaujolais region of France, Beaujolais Nouveau [...]

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Pizza Wine Pairing

Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2011 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Pizza and Wine | Great Pairings Pizza and wine are fast becoming the best of companions. Just about every type of food – seafood, vegetables, meat, fruit, and even chocolate – has become a topping. The best part is that for every type of pizza, there also is a great wine for your pizza wine [...]

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Wine Party Favors

Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Wine and Party Favors Favor your Guests with Wine, the Perfect, Personalized Give-Away for Showers, Weddings, Anniversaries and Party Favors. Those novelties, goodies and other creative tchotchke remind us fondly of the people and events that we celebrate. So why not bottle that sentiment? With wine. Who doesn’t like wine and party favors? Customized bottles [...]

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Vintner’s Circle Selected as Finalist for the New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards

Date: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Best Practice in Marketing Finalist Vintner’s Circle (www.vintnerscircle.com), a franchise of wine making shops, announced today it has been selected as a finalist in the sales and marketing category for The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards 2011. For the past six years, The New York Enterprise Report has been recognizing the tri-state area’s [...]

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Sweet wine

Date: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Sweet Wines – Simple to Make, Satisfying to Taste Ending a meal with something sweet is an age-old tradition. The word “dessert” comes from the French word “desservir” meaning “to clear the table.” While we typically default to cake, cookies, ice cream and other confections, sweet wines are an interesting and refreshing alternative that gives [...]

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Stemware Care

Date: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Caring for High-end Stemware If you are like most people then everything goes into the dishwasher, including wine glasses. Proper stemware care protects the tastes of your wine. The purist have the following rule – “you should flush your glass 4 or 5 times with only hot water to get rid of the wine residue, [...]

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End of Summer Wines

Date: Tue, Sep 7, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Goodbye, Labor Day. Goodbye long days, warm nights, beach vacations, dinners by the pool and drinking outdoors. Welcome chilly mornings, early evenings, long sleeves and lit fireplaces. With the passing of the holiday weekend, we give a sad salute to summer and gear up for brisker weather. But summer hasn’t given up on us yet, [...]

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Ice Wine Poached Peaches

Date: Fri, Sep 3, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

For juicy, dripping, hand-sticky end-of-the-summer fruit, it’s hard to beat a raw peach. But alas, we all don’t live in permanent supply of perfectly ripe peaches, and even September supermarket fruit can be tough specimens. This recipe for ice wine poached peaches is an easy way to turn sub-par stone fruit tender and flavorful, delicious [...]

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Grape Juice for Grown Ups

Date: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Sometimes, it seems, that the occasional late afternoon calls for a cocktail. Nay, craves a cocktail. This phenomenon is particularly acute in late summer, when afternoons seem hotter than what might be deemed appropriate for polite society. A wine-based cocktail, with grape juice made musky and rich with sweet vermouth, is in order. Vermouth is [...]

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Labor Day Wines

Date: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

In honor of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, I would like to introduce (or re-introduce, for those of you already familiar) a few American grape varieties and the types of wines they make. Most wines with which the world is familiar come from the Vitis vinifera grape species: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and the [...]

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Region At a Glance: Cataluña

Date: Tue, Aug 31, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Cataluña is a region in northeastern Spain, nestled on the Mediterranean coast and stretching into southeastern France. Cataluña is populated by proud, independent people who consider themselves neither Spanish nor French but first and foremost Catalan. The majority of Cataluña’s populace is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and Catalan (Cataluña is “Catalunya” in Catalan). Barcelona, the [...]

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Hosting a Wine Tasting Party at Home

Date: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Hosting a wine tasting party at home is a delightful way to enjoy time with friends and family. Wine novices and experts alike can share in the fun, as home wine tasting parties are less about strict evaluations of wines than exploring and comparing individual impressions and preferences. To host a basic wine tasting party [...]

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Beaujolais Nouveau: Not Yet Arrived, But On Its Way

Date: Sun, Aug 29, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

As summer edges into fall, with days getting shorter and leaves enjoying their last few breaths of warm August sun, grape growers in the Northern Hemisphere are ever closer to the fall harvest. Perhaps none are closer to actually bottling and selling this season’s produce than wine makers in Beaujolais, France. This region, nestled in [...]

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