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Wine Expert Offers 10 Tips to Read the Bottle Like a Pro

Everyone knows you can’t judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to wine, the label can speak volumes about what’s inside. If you’ve ever puzzled over how to decipher a wine label, you’re not alone. So much terminology. So many languages. So many options! It’s tempting to just choose the prettiest or most interesting label and hope for the best. To take the guesswork out of wine buying – and help you appreciate the wines you drink – the experts at Royal Wine have some tips on how to “read the bottle.” Gabriel Geller, VP of Public Relations...

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Santa Margherita “Behind the Vine” Summer Tour

World-renowned Italian winery, Santa Margherita, is proud to announce the launch of their Behind the Vine tour, bringing the Italian winery experience to U.S. consumers all summer long. As part of the drive, Santa Margherita will host a series of experiential pop-ups in key markets nationwide to showcase the essence of the brand’s Pinot Grigio, Sparkling Rosé and Prosecco Superiore wines, while encouraging consumers to celebrate al fresco entertaining during the warmer months. “Come summer, consumers are always looking for more ways to enjoy the outdoors with their friends” said Vickie Perez, Director of Marketing at Santa Margherita USA. “As such, we are bringing our unique Italian vineyard...

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Kendall-Jackson’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series Ultimate Wine Country Experience

Kendall-Jackson’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series, an elegant open-air feast under the amphitheater of the Sonoma County night. The dinner series takes place in Kendall-Jackson’s beautiful Wine Estate Gardens every second Saturday of the month from May through October, and the series will kick-off on Saturday, May 12. This food and wine event is the epitome of a perfect wine country culinary experience that can’t be missed by locals and travelers alike. Guests will immerse themselves in the center of the stunning gardens around a shared table hosted by Kendall-Jackson’s own wine experts, culinary staff, and master gardener – Farmer Tucker Taylor. Each...

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Wyvern Hotel Launches Wine Tasting Series

The Wyvern Hotel in Punta Gorda, Fla., announces its first Passport to Wine Grand Tasting Series, offering a tour of more than 30 different exclusive and rare wines from different regions and countries, including the U.S., France, Italy, South, America, Europe and the Southern Hemisphere. The wine tour program features six tasting stations, region specific hors d’oeuvres which complement each event’s wines, and a Bubbles Station, traveling through the hotel’s 88 Keys Restaurant, Lobby and River Room. The Wine Tour series begins on May 31, 2018 continues the last Thursday of every month, and ends on August 23, 2018....

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Malene Wines Debuts Mobile Tasting Room in a 1969 Airstream Overlander Trailer

Taking a fresh approach to the tasting room concept, Malene Wines, the newest member of Crimson Wine Group, is proud to introduce its official Malene Rosé 1969 Airstream Overlander Trailer. Reflective of the wine itself, Malene’s new mobile tasting room will be temporarily parked adjacent to Chamisal Vineyards’ tasting room in San Luis Obispo, but it can easily hit the road and head to the beach or music festivals to serve Malene Rosé on tap. “Malene is a Provençal-style Rosé from Santa Barbara. It’s a complex Rosé, true to its French roots, but grown in California,” said Malene winemaker...

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VieVité Côtes de Provence Rosé to Debut New 2017 Vintage

Though traditionally rosé brands introduce their latest vintage during the month of March, VieVité Côtes de Provence Rosé is excited to introduce the 2017 vintage, which has already reached the U.S. and is in the process of being rolled out throughout the country. VieVité, which is one of the first true Côtes de Provence rosés and currently among the top five selling brands in the rosé category, has become known over the past few years as being among the first to bring its latest vintage to market. “Changes in the climate and an earlier spring than average, has pushed...

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California Eco-Friendly Winery Events For Earth Month in April

Eco-conscious consumers have many ways to celebrate with sustainably produced wines during California’s 6th Annual Down to Earth Month in April. California wineries will be offering dozens of sustainability-focused events and activities throughout the month from Earth Day wine festivals, farm-to-glass tours and walks with the winemaker to vineyard hikes, VIP eco-tours and more. Created by Wine Institute — the association of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses — Down to Earth Month raises awareness about the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) Sustainable Winegrowing Program, one of the most comprehensive and widely adopted in the world, involving vineyards that grow 70 percent...

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Five Elegant Chardonnay Wines from Santa Barbara

  “Chardonnay wine is the superstar in Santa Barbara, one of the most diverse regions to produce some of the best grapes in the world,” said moderator Elaine C. Brown at the Santa Barbara Vintners Road Trip Chardonnay seminar. “The wine region is located along the coastal range of North and South America. The transverse mountain range turns fully from a north-south orientation to an east-west angle. It’s the only wine region bordering the Pacific Ocean on two sides. Clouds roll over the top of the mountains with an ocean influence.” It’s this nook with a turn in the...

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Luxurious Wines in Napa Valley: Classic Meets Modern at Hourglass Wines

As one of the premiere wine destinations in the world, Napa Valley has no shortage of excellent wineries. Besides its place as a wine and culinary mecca, it’s first and foremost a land of incredible natural beauty. The valley that extends from the town of Napa in the south to Calistoga, the narrowest point at the north, enjoys a perfect combination of warm daytime temperatures and very cool, foggy nights thanks to the valley’s proximity to the Bay Area. Add to that Mediterranean climate the rich, diverse soils of Napa Valley, and it’s no surprise that you’d be hard pressed to...

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Winemaking De-mystified at Beneduce Vineyards

A wine connoisseur I am not, but I’ve definitely made an effort to visit local wineries, whether I’m in San Gimignano or Seneca Lake for the weekend. This has been especially true for the wineries that are in my New Jersey backyard; these include the Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere, Cape May Winery in Cape May and Amalthea Cellars in the Atco section of Waterford Township. One thing I have noticed is that in the United States, wine isn’t for kids. This doesn’t come as a real shock. In America, wine isn’t a part of our daily lives. Instead, we sip...

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Cassis Monna and Filles: Black Currant Wines of Québec

Crème de cassis, a sweet red liqueur made from black currants, has traditionally been a Burgundy specialty. Popular throughout Europe for use in cocktails and as an after-dinner liqueur, as well as the favorite drink of Agatha Christie’s fictional detective Hercule Poirot, crème de cassis is also quite popular in Québec. On a recent visit to Île d’Orléans, an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River just a few minutes from downtown Québec City, I discovered Cassis Monna & Filles, a boutique liquoriste that makes the crème de cassis along with three aperitif black currant wines and...

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Russian River Valley Vintner Mike Sullivan

Sonoma County is famous for its wine, and that’s no surprise as it boasts acres of vineyards and hundreds of wineries. Among these is the Benovia Winery. With estate vineyards not only in Sonoma County, but also Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley, Benovia Winery is responsible for creating small lot wines, specifically Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. Enter vintner Mike Sullivan. The son of grape growers, he’s very comfortable in the vineyard, where he started working at the age of 18. Then, after pursuing a degree in fermentation science, he discovered his passion for the craft. Today, he...

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