A Taste of Romance from Italy’s “Valley of the Queens”

Give Your Queen a ‘Sparkling’ Gift this Valentine’s Day Italy may be famous for “La Dolce Vita,” but many agree it’s also the Land of Amore. Italians are passionate about everything, whether it’s opera, art, literature, fashion, food, wine or politics. The French may think they have written the book on romance, but the Italians... Read More


Chablis: It’s Not Just Any Chardonnay

In the 1970s, during the days of fern bar-restaurants and disco music, it seemed like everyone was ordering a white wine called “Chablis.” This order was given in the same mode wine drinkers these days casually order a “Chardonnay.” Now, while that glass of white wine may have been 100 percent Chardonnay, it could have... Read More


Women in Wine: Meet the Female Wine Retailers You Should Know (Part 1)

Women Wine Retailers – Part 1 A woman’s love affair with wine is somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. Women are out-purchasing men two-to-one when it comes to wine. This is according to a 2016 report by the Wine Market Council. With this information, it’s no surprise that stores and brand marketers are catering to women.... Read More


Valpolicella: One Region. Four Wines.

The “Valley of Many Cellars” Opens Its Doors The “valley of many cellars” (as its name translates to) is overflowing with exquisite wine including world-class Amarone.  But there is more to discover in Valpolicella. The third largest wine producing region in Italy, Valpolicella has been referred to as  “the pearl of the Veneto.”  At first... Read More

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Sherry: The Unsung Essence of Spain

Sherry. It’s time for the bottle to come down off the shelf and into your glass Sherry, a fortified wine produced exclusively in the region of Andalucia in southwestern Spain, is the essence of this country. Ancient Phoenician traders built a business on it. British ship merchants risked stormy seas for it. Flamenco guitarists crooned... Read More


Hard Cider: The Apple of New York’s Eye

New York is a burst of gold, garnet, and soft brown hues when the leaves change in autumn. Pumpkins pop out from their patches. Apple trees hang heavy with fruit, and you can smell their essence in the air. Pick-your-own orchards welcome visitors as do tasting rooms for a sip of what could be the... Read More

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Spain’s Txakoli Wines: Hard To Pronounce, Easy To Drink

If you’re traveling northwest Spain and find yourself gazing at Limestone cliffs towering dramatically over the Atlantic coastline, you have found beautiful Basque country. Thanks to the maritime climate, this region is cooler, damper, and greener than the other hot, arid parts of Spain. This coupled with the steep hills where vineyards are planted in... Read More

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Healdsburg: A Wine Country Town with a Sophisticated Kick

A Guide To The Town Of Healdsburg: Where Old-World Meets New Nestled among three wine appellations in northern Sonoma County, and right at the corner where modern meets old-world, the town of Healdsburg is bit of heaven on earth for wine and food enthusiasts. It’s a country town with all the charm of a picturesque square... Read More