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Mystery Solved: What are hops in beer?

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Beer is comprised of four main ingredients: barely malt, yeast, hops, and water. While you may know that beer contains hops… do you know what they are and why they’re used? We’re here to lay it out for you. The brewing process is more complicated than most tend to realize. While winemaking carries it’s own weight in difficulty, brewers take on a different set of challenges: they’re basically magicians. To produce the exact product they have envisioned, a brewer must meticulously choose and combine an array of items in perfect proportion. This includes malts, roasted grains, unmalted grains, sugars, dozens...

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California Wine Month & The Magic of Monterey

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Did you know California, as a state alone, is the world’s 4th leading wine producer? Aside from topping the charts globally, they are also the largest wine producer in the United States. Every September is California Wine Month – a time to cherish these famed producers during the annual harvest season and an excuse to drink some exceptional wines.  Aside from all the fancy statistics that earn these Californian vintners their respect, their eco-friendly approach to winemaking shows why they’re a force to be reckoned with. Winegrowers look for sustainable alternatives for their vineyards and winegrowing methods to protect the delicate...

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Join our Team or Donate! - Roanoke Regional Heart Walk

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Help us reach our goal and let's be heroes together.  Click here to donate and/or join our team! Roanoke Regional Heart WalkOctober 12th, 2019 | 10AMRiver's Edge Park South For years it's been debated whether or not the resveratrol and antioxidants in red wines can be heart healthy (in moderation). With no clear evidence and other health factors to consider, it is safe to say that red wine won't prevent heart disease. So what can we do to help?  If you attended our Holiday Open House in October last year, you might have seen that we accepted donations, as well as donated a percentage of the...

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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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