All you need to know about Gamay: A quick guide

All you need to know about Gamay: A quick guide

Gamay is the signature red varietal of Beaujolais, the most southern sub-region of Burgundy (in France).  The grape itself is called Gamay, but you will almost always see bottles labeled by the region: Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages, or Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais...

All you need to know about Tempranillo: A quick guide

All you need to know about Tempranillo: A quick guide

Tempranillo is Spain's signature red variety. Wines are known to be fruity and fleshy, while also having very complex, savory flavors! They are elegant and masculine at the same time. Tempranillo is a wine that makes you think! In the past, Tempranillo was known to be...

All you need to know about Albariño: A quick guide

All you need to know about Albariño: A quick guide

Albariño is a fantastic crisp and bright wine that pairs wonderfully with seafood. Albariño is one of Spain's signature white wines, mainly from Rias Baixas in Galicia (which is on the northwestern coast of Spain). In Portugal, it is known as Alvarinho. Albariño wine...

All you need to know about Chenin Blanc: A quick guide

All you need to know about Chenin Blanc: A quick guide

    Chenin Blanc is a fantastic white varietal that can be made into many styles, from dry, to sweet, to sparkling! It is very versatile, but doesn't always get the attention it deserves. The grape originated in the Loire Valley of France (a region north of...

All you need to know about Zinfandel: A quick guide

All you need to know about Zinfandel: A quick guide

Zinfandel is a robust and jammy red wine that is grown and produced all over California! Do you remember when you first found out that Zinfandel was a red grape and not a white grape? ... or maybe that's just me, and you knew all along. Mom always had a bottle of...

All you need to know about Syrah: A quick guide

All you need to know about Syrah: A quick guide

Syrah is a bold and dark wine. It's one of the darkest, "inkiest" red varieties, and it's pretty bold in flavor and body too! Often the grape will drink fuller than Cabernet and Zinfandel. This variety is also exciting because it can taste so different depending on...

All you need to know about unoaked Chardonnay: A quick guide

All you need to know about unoaked Chardonnay: A quick guide

    Unoaked Chardonnay is a clean and crisp style of this popular full-bodied variety. Are you a Chardonnay lover? Its reputation can fall under the category of "oak bomb" (buttery, rich, creamy), and many judge the variety based on whether or not they...

All you need to know about Pinot Grigio: A quick guide

All you need to know about Pinot Grigio: A quick guide

    Pinot Grigio was once described to me as the white wine with no defining characteristics (as in if you taste a white wine, and there's nothing about it that stands out, it's probably Pinot Grigio). This can hold very true in some cases, but recently I...

All you need to know about Sauvignon Blanc: A quick guide

All you need to know about Sauvignon Blanc: A quick guide

    Sauvignon Blanc is a zesty white wine known for its delightful citrus, tropical fruit, and sometimes green flavors! It was probably the variety that got me into wine in the first place (after all the boxed stuff I had in college). I had a wine epiphany...

All you need to know about Cabernet Sauvignon: A quick guide

All you need to know about Cabernet Sauvignon: A quick guide

    Cabernet is one of the most popular varietals in the world. It is truly the world's most famous grape. It is a big, bold, dry red that most seem to enjoy! Cabernet Sauvignon actually came from an accidental crossing of two other well-known varieties:...

All you need to know about Pinot Noir: A quick guide

All you need to know about Pinot Noir: A quick guide

    Pinot Noir is one of the most prized red varieties in the world! It's a light-bodied red wine that really expresses the area where it's grown! There's something magical about Pinot Noir. Everyone seems to love it. Growers, winemakers, Sommeliers, and...

All you need to know about Oaked Chardonnay: A quick guide

All you need to know about Oaked Chardonnay: A quick guide

    Chardonnay is one of the most well known and widely produced white wine in the U.S. It has friendly flavors and it can grow everywhere. It also can be made into many different styles (oaked, un-oaked, sparkling, etc.) It's a grape that is generally...