The month of December is full of parties and holiday celebrations. Here are some of our top picks for this cold and festive month!
Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here. With all of the shopping, prepping, baking, and cooking you have to do, let us take care of the wine. Here are the perfect wines to serve at your Thanksgiving celebration!
Port Wine History & Traditions
The Portuguese have been making wine for over 4,000 years and remarkably some of the traditions remain. Traces of winemaking history are visible throughout the Duoro region. Centuries-old socalcos (wall-stoned terraces) still stand on the hillsides. Stone markers from the original demarcation of the region in the 18th century (the first in Europe!) dot the landscape. And a time-honored tradition of winemaking continues in the modern era.
All About Port
Learn all about one of the most complex and age-worthy wines in the world – Port. This article breaks down different styles of this delicious and layered wine.
Madeira was initially made over the course of long trips across the ocean. Turns out that shipping wine around the world just to cook it is not a good business model. These days, winemakers in Madeira use less time-intensive methods to make their wines. Read below to learn more!
History of Madeira
Learn about the “happy accident” of Madeira wine and its special place in American history.
Champagne Basics | Part 4 – History and Celebration
People have been making wine in the Champagne region for thousands of years, but it wasn't until the 1700s that it became what we know today. This article discusses some of the history of the wine, and how it became so popular for celebrations. (Spoiler: it’s because the Champagne houses are good at marketing.)
Champagne Basics | Part 3 – The Land
In this week’s Champagne post, we are going to look more closely at the land where the grapes are grown and the wine is made. Discussing all 320 villages within Champagne would make for a pretty long article, so we'll cover the basics of the region’s geography, climate, and geology.
Champagne Basics | Part 2 – How it’s Made
Whether referred to as the “Classic Method” or the “Champagne Method”, making champagne is a painstaking, multi-step endeavor that requires patience and precision. In a process that is part chemistry and part artistry, different still wines are blended together then undergo a series of transformations before becoming a bottle of bubbly.
Champagne Basics | Part 1, Grapes
Everyone loves a crisp, bubbly Champagne, especially around the holidays. But what precisely is the definition of Champagne? It’s more than just sparkling wine. With all the complexities of French wine laws, there are all sorts of requirements to meet before a wine can be labeled Champagne. This series of articles will break down the specifics of what makes a Champagne…well, Champagne. To start, let’s examine the different grape varieties that make up Champagne. There are a total of seven different grapes that can be included!