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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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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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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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The Story of Tasca Conti D'Almerita

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On Saturday, Scott from Country Vintner will be tasting out Tasca Conti D’Almerita’s Regaleali le Rosé from their Tasca Regaleali estate. Located in the mountainous heart of inland Sicily, Thousands of roses from all over the world thrive at this estate, inspiring a name change for this rosé that reflects the beauty that the surrounding roses bring.  With 200 years of winemaking under their belt, this family continues their long and distinguished wine making history today. For eight generations, the Tasca d’Almerita family has been devoted to Sicily, its land, its unique nature and its surprising and inimitable resources. Their...

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