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Wine & Cheese Pairing Tips - National Cheese Day

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National Cheese Day has finally arrived! We can certainly say we already used this holiday as an excuse to enjoy a beautiful spread of cheeses and a bottle of wine! So that got us thinking, how many people know that basics of cheese and wine pairing? In celebration of National Cheese Day, below we've compiled some tips on pairing, and a list of some perfect pairings you can make yourself!

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National Water A Flower Day

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Have you ever considered that flowering plants, provide practically all the plant-based food that humans and livestock consume? Or that the fermentation processes your favorite beers and wines go through convert sugar from flowering plants, like fruits and grains, into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Without flowers our world would be dull, in more ways than one. Today is National Water a Flower Day! Celebrated annually on May 30th, when flowers are in full bloom, it aims to remind us all to keep them hydrated and abundant. Join us tomorrow for our Special Tasting with Devil’s Backbone to sample their Hibiscus...

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American Craft Beer Week

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Did you know out of over 7,000 breweries in the U.S., 98% of them are small and independent craft brewers?  You’ve probably heard the saying, “Life’s too short to drink bad beer”. Well… they’re right. In recent years the craft beer industry has exploded, with craft brewers nationwide, even all over our home state of Virginia. Since creativity and passion runs high for these brewers, it deserves to be recognized. While the Brewer’s Association celebrates American Beer Month in July, in 2006 they decided they wanted to honor these modest brewers before the summer beer rush flooded in. The Association...

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The Marvel of Moscato

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Are you a huge Moscato lover like us? Well... did you know the Muscat grape family is among the oldest in the world? Moscato is loved by many but it's true magic comes from it's alluring history. The Muscat family of grapes contains over 200 varieties, including Moscato, that’s use dates back through centuries suggesting that it may be the oldest domesticated grape variety. For over 3000 years the Mediterranean region has been cultivating Muscat but theories of its origin differ. Some believe it was first used by the ancient Egyptians and Persians while others strongly believe it was the Greeks who brought...

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé: Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé: The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived! Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day! Us Americans cherish the fourth Thursday of November every year as we feast on turkey, but in France, the third Thursday of November calls for fireworks and one of the year’s biggest parties! Not for the celebration of independence or a new year… but the end of a tiring harvest for the winemakers of eastern France’s Beaujolais Region. Now with millions of bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau distributed each year and held for release at 12:01 am, it’s no wonder the rest of the world takes part...

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