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How to Pair Wine with Your Favorite At-Home Brunch Dishes, the Ultimate Guide

July 18, 2018

With the cost of living on the rise all over the US of A, how do you work in your brunch fix without breaking the bank? Turns out that with savvy planning, on-trend eats and the perfect wine picks, you can have your avocado toast and eat it too. Not to mention all the other perks of brunch like social time with friends, Insta-worthy pics and more!  Seriously, what did we do to deserve brunch?!

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How to Properly Store Wine

June 15, 2018

Stocking up on wine? Learn how to properly store your wine with these useful guidelines, keeping your wine safe and fresh until you are ready to uncork!

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Order Wine Like an Expert

June 14, 2018

Unless you are a true sommelier, most of us feel a tinge of anxiety when we are handed the wine list while dining out. This list most likely contains a large number of unrecognizable names, and you feel the pressure to make a snap decision while the waiter stares at you.

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A History of California Wine

May 29, 2018

Wine is both rich in taste and history. Looking at California, the first vines were planted as far back as the late 1700s. These first vineyards were produced by a group of missionaries, who used the wine for religious purposes. The commercial wine industry was not far behind and took off in the mid to late 1800s, thanks to a small group of European emigrants.

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Cooking With Wine

May 16, 2018


It’s well known that wine can be enjoyed with a delicious meal, but it also serves another purpose! Wine can be used within a dish to intensify, enhance and accent flavor and aroma. Its three main uses in the kitchen include as a marinade ingredient, as a cooking liquid and as a flavoring in a finished dish.

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What’s in a Name? The Reasoning Behind the Name on your Wine Label

May 10, 2018

To many in the U.S., the name that appears on a wine label is simply there to identify the grape variety found in the bottle. However, the wine naming process goes far beyond that. There are two main ways that a wine gets its name: either from the grape variety (the type of grape used to make the wine) or from the region of the world where the grapes were grown.

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The Mendocino Wine Region

May 2, 2018

One of California’s largest and most climatically diverse wine regions, the Mendocino wine region is part of the larger North Coast AVA. It continuously leads in the production of organic wines. In fact, almost 25% of the acreage in Mendocino County is grown organically, inspiring journalists to describe it as “California's organic wine Mecca.”

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Wine Spotlight: Adorada Rosé

April 25, 2018

A springtime favorite, Rosé sales have skyrocketed nationwide over the past few years. Present-day California is a leader in its production, and for good reason.

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April 18, 2018


Due to climate change and global warming, we are living during a time in which sustainability is at the forefront of our minds. This lifestyle includes buying organic, recycling more often and using less plastic. But what is the biodynamic movement and how does it factor in?

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Three Food and Wine Pairings for Spring

April 9, 2018

It's officially springtime! In the world of wine, that means it’s time to break out the white blends. And what’s better than enjoying a glass of wine in the beautiful springtime? Pairing it with a delicious meal of course.

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