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Soave wine is smooth treat from Italy

Soave wine is smooth treat from Italy

ine enthusiasts already know a lot about the “Big 6” and popular wine varietals, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and others. But, sometimes, I like to take a closer look at lesser-known varietals. Soave (pronounced So-Ah-Vay) comes from northeastern Italy near the home of a much more widely known varietal you may have heard of — Pinot Grigio. Despite being less popular in the United States, Soave – which literally means smooth – is actually one of the top-selling…

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The Right Wine Glass Matters

The Right Wine Glass Matters

oes how you hold your wine glass indicate your level of wine sophistication? That statement is probably a little extreme, but I am asked frequently if there truly is a proper way to hold a wine glass and if it really matters at all. Is it proper etiquette to hold your glass a certain way? Of course, it’s easiest to just grab a wine glass by the bowl, but is that really OK? As I always say, my No. 1…

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Insist on your rights as a rosé or red drinker

Insist on your rights as a rosé or red drinker

ave any of these uncomfortable situations ever happened to you? You order a bottle of rosé and your dining companion looks at you in horror and exclaims, “You drink pink wine? I never drink the pink stuff!” Or perhaps you order a white wine to have with scallops and your friends all clamor at the table, “Look he’s drinking white wine! We never drink white wine — just red!” Maybe you’ve been at a wine tasting and heard someone ask,…

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Keep your favorite bottles safe from heat

Keep your favorite bottles safe from heat

e’re right in the thick of another hot summer, and while your burgers and hot dogs should be cooking on the grill, you definitely want to avoid ending up with a cooked wine, but that’s exactly what can happen if you don’t take some simple precautions during the summer months. I wasn’t just using “cooked wine” as a joke above — when wine is overheated and eventually goes bad because of it, it’s called a cooked wine — and it…

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There’s nothing bad about boxed wine

There’s nothing bad about boxed wine

t’s known far and wide — boxed wine generally has a really bad reputation, but in case you haven’t noticed over the past few years, the attitude is slowly changing. As technology has advanced and the overall quality of wine available to consumers in America has improved, boxed wines aren’t what they used to be — and believe it or not, even the snobbiest of wine snobs has to admit that there are some undeniable advantages of boxed wine over…

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Zinfandel a varietal with roots in the U.S.

Zinfandel a varietal with roots in the U.S.

At Zin Valle Vineyards, we specialize in growing and producing zinfandel, a wine best known for its intense fruitiness, lush texture and relatively high alcohol content. What many people don’t know is that zinfandel is California’s most widely planted grape varietal — and since it’s planted far more in the United States than any other country, it has become known as “America’s grape.” According to the California Association of Wine Grape Growers, zinfandel now accounts for more than 23 percent…

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Tuscany’s Vino Nobile enters the spotlight

Tuscany’s Vino Nobile enters the spotlight

There are two wines from Tuscany that most wine drinkers have tried or at least heard of: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. But there’s also a third major wine from Tuscany that’s getting more and more presence on American wine menus as it becomes a bigger and bigger favorite among sommeliers — Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vino Nobile, as it’s often referred to as, is now getting more of the attention it deserves, especially considering it really nails the trifecta…

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Try a little pinot with your Super Bowl pizza

Try a little pinot with your Super Bowl pizza

Aside from the game, a lot of the talk surrounding Super Bowl Sunday is about which party you’re going to go to and who will bringing what kind of food. There’s tends to be Evites, lists and a lot of shopping to do. When it comes to drinks at a Super Bowl party, of course, beer will be a staple — but why can’t wine enthusiasts enjoy themselves too? You might be thinking, “But what kind of wine is going…

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How can you have a Two Buck Chuck?

How can you have a Two Buck Chuck?

It’s a common question in the Zin Valle Vineyards tasting room — how is it that one wine can cost just $10 while other wines cost $200 or more? What are the things that make one wine so much more expensive than another — after all, they’re both just wine, right? Well, the short answer is that several variables go into each and every bottle of wine — even if they come from the same winery. There’s the weather: Was…

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Albariño perfect for pairing or by itself

Albariño perfect for pairing or by itself

One wine that’s appearing more and more on wine lists across the country is Spain’s famous Albariño wine. Pronounced ahl-bah-reen-yo, the wine is a crisp, complex, dry white wine, Albariño has become a relatively recent favorite among American sommeliers over the least several years for its ability to pair well with food — and even stand sufficiently on its own. Grown mainly in the northwestern coast of Spain, Albariño represents about 92 percent of the area’s grape plantings and has…

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