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You don't know wine until you know Riedel

posted on September 15th, 2015 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

You may be wondering how I can possibly make a statement such as the title of this blog, "You don't know wine until you know Riedel." Well, this is the best way I can express what I have learned from my experience with this centuries-old glassware producer out of Austria. When we partnered with Riedel, they didn't have interest in just stacking up displays of glassware for our customers to purchase in-store - they had a full vested interest in educating us on the use of their glassware and how it makes a dramatic difference in the beverages you enjoy...and I assure you, it does. If you are like me and have had the displeasure of tasting a bad wine or two, or three, you have likely been mistaken by thinking it was a bad wine. Riedel opened our eyes and taste buds to realize that the wine you thought was bad might actually be the fault of the glass you are enjoying it from. My team had an opportunity to experience a full wine tasting presentation given to us by our partners at Riedel… Read More

Summer Sippin' Wines & Accessories

posted on June 28th, 2013 by Kim Kaczor-Wardlow

Our Summer Sippin' promotion is well underway and the response thus far (from you) has been spectacular!  This celebration of Summertime wines and all of the complimentary accessories (aka cool stuff) are really something to behold and enjoy. Let’s talk about some cool wines you should definitely try: Drouet Le Muscadet A true underdog for far too long but at $7.99 this flirty, racy Muscadet will certainly please your pallet (and pocketbook). Ramier Chardonnay This clean and refreshing Chardonnay is a great summer sipper.  With hints of zesty green apple, citrus and pineapple flavors, this great value at $7.99 is a “must try” on your next visit. Honoro Vera Garnacha Have a craving for a big, brash, fruit bomb to go off in your mouth?  Solution – a bottle (or two or three) of this fabulous Spanish gem.  And at $7.99, a true value to boot!   Now, if you have the urge to really splurge make sure you try these other highly prized wines that are part of our… Read More

The Other Cabernet – Cabernet Franc

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Geoff Nicoll

In the timeless and indelible words of the great Rodney Dangerfield, “I don’t get no respect.” Or some would say the other Cabernet, the Cabernet that lives in the shadows. All the world watches Cabernet Sauvignon while Cabernet Franc, the original Cabernet and integral part of the wine world, waits for its day in the limelight. In terms of production, Cab Franc is one of the 20 most widely planted varieties in the world and goes under many different names, including Bouchet and Cabernet Aunis. Playing the underdog role seems to be where this wine is destined, even though, according to DNA testing, Cabernet Franc is the sire to the more famous and heralded Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, Cab Franc crossed with Sauvignon Blanc (yes a white) created Cabernet Sauvignon. How’s that for an interesting tidbit?   Cabernet Franc is an earlier ripening, thinner skinned, lower acidity grape that fairs well in cooler climates where physiological ripeness can be a challenge. It is… Read More

The Wines of Loire Valley

posted on June 21st, 2013 by Geoff Nicoll

As a fan of the Loire Valley, its breathtaking landscape, delicious cheeses and of course its spectacular wines, I feel it is justified to help shed some light on some fantastic finds that were discovered on a jaunt to the beautiful countryside. Following a string of good vintages, 2009 through 2011, it was destined that the streak would end, or the last grape would drop. Nothing good lasts forever! Fortunately, that sentiment will have to be put on hold until another year as 2012 turned out to be spectacular. The spring started out tough, with frost, hail, rain, everything bad and detrimental to a good bud set. Of course, along with the rampant moisture came the mildew, which continued to devastate the already compromised crop. Then comes a cold snap where nothing progresses, the fruit was late to set, what was left of it, and things just looked dismal. With as much as half of the vineyards being assailed by Mother Nature, it looked bad for the farmer, the consumer and the region… Read More

Everything’s coming up Rosés

posted on June 14th, 2013 by Geoff Nicoll

Summer is just heating up and the season of pinks is in full swing! Considered the birthplace of rosé, the South of France has become synonymous with these glorious and tantalizing gems that bring such joy to the table. Fortunately, we have shaken the stereotype that pinks are sweet as largely most are not. They are serious (if you take such things seriously) wines that have a distinct place in a dining experience. And taking the lead from our friends in the Mediterranean, many other regions have launched their own delectable gemstone colored treats. They come in all shapes and sizes, from many of the most popular winemaking countries, and each brings its own allure. Not just any pink, but dry, vibrant, flavorful wines that quench as well as complement a wide variety of foods. Decades ago, Americans fell in love with White Zinfandel, which was actually an accident where the fermentation got “stuck’” and the wine never finished extracting color and going dry. It became sort of… Read More

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