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Screwing Around with the Cork

Screwing Around with the Cork

Most winelovers would like to say that they always open a bottle of wine using proper technique. That said, many times necessity (aka lack of an opener) overrides technique, and the vinous will takes over. Personally, I have been know to open a bottle of wine using a self-created method I call “pigeage-bouchon” or punching down the cork with […]

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Decanting Wine

WHY WE DECANT WINE  Reason #1 – Letting the wine breathe: If you like big reds, then you need a decanter. Here’s why: The aroma and complexity of full-bodied, red wine actually improves with aeration (the addition of oxygen). Simply removing the cork does not allow the wine to breathe. You need to get the […]

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The "ah ha moment"

  Everyone has one. That singular point in time when you “got” wine for the very first time. It’s your vinous “ah ha moment” and there isn’t a sweeter sip to be had. Lots of people drink wine, but once you’ve experience your wine WOW you will never approach a glass in the same manner. You stop merely sipping wine […]

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Fireside Sippers

Fireside Sippers

With lots of candy leftover from the Halloween season, I find myself temped to nibble a piece at the end of the day. Trouble is…I also find myself wanting a glass of vino. For me,there is no better time to uncork a simple ruby port than the start of the holiday season. From Nov 1st to […]

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Season of Change

Harvest time rocks. It signifies a time of change. Take for example the changing of the seasons from summer to fall with leaves changing from green to autumnal colors. Better yet, the veggies on our table go from flowering to root, meats are roasted instead of grilled and (wait for it) the grapes on the […]

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Hot Small Brand

 Every so often, I taste a wine that screams Tuesday night! It is a wine that pairs perfectly with a burger, pizza or a simple salad. More importantly, it does so for around $10 – $15…and for me, Four Vines Naked Chardonnay did just that. In fact, I chatted about this wine more than a year ago on the […]

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Cute As A Cupcake: Wine Marketing 101

One of the biggest complaints I hear from my students is that they cannot remember labels. We have all been there. You taste  great little value wine or even a premium wine and the next day, you cannot remember the name on the label. At Cellar Door, we hear often hear customers stuggle with labels […]

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The Nerve of Pinot Noir

Unlike any other grape I  know, Pinot Noir has nervous energy that (simply put) is addictive. Zesty, full of life and honest, this thin-skinned grape likes to grow in cool climates graced with plenty of sunshine. From Burgundy, France to Oregon to Central Otago region of New Zealand, Pinot Noir has mastered the art of expression. No […]

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