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Tips to Choosing Wines That Age Well

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A question that seems to pop up every now and then at a wine store – “How do I know what wines to cellar and what to drink now?” While it’s a question that can be answered, it’s not always cut and dry. Most wines are meant to be enjoyed within a year but some wines that are produced are intended to improve with age, becoming smoother and more complex over time as the harsh tannins break down. So how do we know which wines will age well? Sommeliers look for characteristics like the tannin structure, alcohol level, acidity, and...

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Why Pinot Noir is the Hardest Grape to Grow

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Did you know Pinot noir is the hardest grapes to grow? National Pinot Noir Day is this Saturday, August 18th and it’s prompted us to explain why some wine lovers make a big deal about Pinot Noir and you should too. Have you ever heard a winemaker say that it was a “good year” for wine? When growing and producing wine, the terrior (combined environmental factors that affect the crop) becomes a vital factor. This is especially true for the unpredictable Pinot noir grape; for instance if the grape is grown in conditions that are hot, not only will it...

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Virginia Craft Beer Month

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The Virginia Tourism Corporation has it right when they say "Virginia is for Craft Beer lovers". Over the last decade, the beer business in Virginia has rapidly grown but did you know August is Virginia Craft Beer Month? After a transformative legislation passed, the month long celebration was established to honor these masterminds and their impact on Virginia's economy. Back in 2012 former Governor Bob McDonnell observed the influx in Virginia's craft beer industry and signed Senate Bill 604. This bill allowed the retail sales of beer on brewery premises and in public tasting rooms, ultimately transforming the state's industry. With the new legislation...

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Introducing Deux, A Venue by Wine Gourmet

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When done correctly, food and wine pairing can enhance your dining experience immeasurably. Once you couple expert pairings with an intimate setting, the senses are stimulated in a way that creates long lasting memories. Without further ado, allow us to introduce the perfect pairing to our store and our newest venture - Deux, A venue by Wine Gourmet. Life's smallest and biggest moments are meant to be paired with the ones you love. At Deux, we are committed to enhancing the idea of togetherness, through curated wine dinners and private events in a personalized and intimate setting.When done correctly, food and wine pairing can enhance...

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International Beer Day - ONE DAY ONLY SALE at Wine Gourmet!

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Don't miss our ONE DAY ONLY International Beer Day Sale! Mark your calendars! Next Friday, August 2nd, is International Beer Day and we're having a ONE DAY ONLY SALE to celebrate!  Stop by Wine Gourmet on August 2nd between 10:00AM - 8:00PM and enjoy 10% OFF ALL beer and beer-related accessories and 25% OFF large format beers (16oz+).

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