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Although their winery and tasting room are in Paso Robles, The Donati Family Estate Vineyard is in Paicines (pronounced ‘Pie-seen-ness’) which was California’s ninth appellation.
Vines thrive here, enjoying long, warm days followed by cool nights and cooling ocean breezes from the Monterey Bay. “It’s a lot cooler than people think,” notes Ron Donati. “On the UC Davis scale of growing areas and heat, Paicines is a cool Region II.” Donati red wines are known for their intensity, and our featured Cabernet was
allowed to reach temperatures of up to 85°F during ferment to extract color and flavors. The wine then aged a long 26 months in barrel before being bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve natural flavors and aromas.
Kristy Melton – Clos Du Val’s First Female Winemaker
How does a rodeo queen from West Texas transition from a career as a immunology researcher at the National Institutes of Health to ultimately becoming one of the up and coming Next-Gen Napa Winemakers, all by the age of 31? We met Kristy Melton, Clos Du Val’s first female winemaker, at a small tasting in Austin earlier this summer. As she says later in this interview she is not the stereo-typical “older man with dirty work boots and a dog by my side” winemaker.Selling Vintage Wine in the United Kingdom
The UK has restrictive laws regarding the sale of alcohol to he public. These licensing laws prevent individuals advertising and selling wine or alcohol to the general public. This article presents a number of options for those looking to sell their wine collection.How To Clean Red Wine Stains From Your Carpet
Whether a little or a lot of red wine accidentally ended up splattered across your carpet, here is a sure fire method for erasing the mishap, as if it never happened at all. There are many different suggested red wine cleaning solutions available online these days, but the one go-to quick fix that I use each and every time, includes water and OxiClean.A Skill To Wine Tasting
A fine glass of wine is one of life’s great pleasures: a way to wind down after a hard day, a way to celebrate with friends, to complement a well cooked meal. Whether the bottle was purchased at the supermarket or was received as part of seasonal gift boxes, partaking in a glass of wine continues a history of many thousand years of human experience. On a surface level, we sip, we decide if the wine is to our tasting, and we decide if we like it or not. The experience of wine is seldom just about taste though, it is a combination of all our senses contributing to our overall analysis and preferences. Subconsciously, most wine drinkers are also “wine tasters”, and it is a matter of mastering the terminology and techniques that elevate us to that status.Single Malt Whisky – Does Age Really Matter?
This article will explore the question: does age matter when it comes to single malt Scotch whiskies. It seems to be that there are two camps on the subject – age does matter and age doesn’t matter. Why is this so? What are the differences? Read on.Vinotemp Wine Refrigerators
For over 20 years, Vinotemp has established themselves as a mainstay in the wine storage industry. All their wine cabinets, coolers, racks, cellars, and cooling units are manufactured from within the United States. One of their competitive advantages is customization so consumers have more choices.How and Where to Keep Your Wine
Whether you’re the proud owner of a smart collection of top Claret and mature Burgundy, or the thirsty and (very) temporary custodian of a few bottles of cheap plonk for immediate quaffing, you’ll need to decide where to keep your wine. And if you’re not lucky enough to have access to a proper cellar, the question can be a tricky one.Bordeaux – The World’s Greatest Wine Region?
Despite its reputation for sky-high prices, a series of almost totally unfathomable classification hierarchies and the most astonishingly anachronistic system for sales and distribution of new vintages, Bordeaux remains the most prestigious and sought after of all the world’s wine producing regions. Why? Tradition – yes. Status – increasingly, and particularly in Far Eastern markets. But there is more to it than that. It is also a matter of quality. Wine from Bordeaux boasts a simply unmatched propensity to longevity and beauty – its top examples showing breathtaking complexity, velvet-like softness and a mouthwatering capacity to accompany sophisticated cuisine.How To Serve Red Wines
There is something about a glass of wine that does more than whet your palette or induce a relaxing warmth to your bones, isn’t there? Wine offers a distinct classiness when you’re entertaining or even a subdued elegence to the most humble meal or casual moment alone. But do you find yourself wondering about the REAL appreciation that wine connoisseurs develop and if you are missing out on the subtle distinctions and flavors that make some wines so much more expensive and sought after?All You Need to Know About Wine Cellars
Throughout time and history, wines were used for many purposes, from being used in ancient religious ceremonies from many cultures and regions to being used as a flavor agent. And most commonly, it is used as an important beverage that accompanies and enhances a wide range of European and Mediterranean-style cuisines.