Sullivan Vineyard: World Class Winegrowing

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In the early days of Napa Valley’s modern wine era, it was the passion of pioneers like the late James (Jim) O’Neil Sullivan that led to the creation of great Cabernet from Rutherford. Jim’s deep respect and love for the variety led him to the region in 1972. Now under new ownership, with Ross Sullivan as a Strategic Advisor, “Our vision for the future is firmly grounded in the legacy of what the founding family built,” says Juan Pablo Torres Padilla, Managing Partner.

Wine Tasting: To Spit or Not To Spit

Even if you have never attended a wine tasting event, it’s almost certain that you have seen images of otherwise classy looking individuals spitting their vino into a bucket. It may seem at odds with the tone of the event, but in wine tasting circles, it is something that is very much an accepted part of the whole routine. To take it one step further, it is not that surprising to find wine makers who will spit their wines straight on to the cellar floor. That is not something that I recommend for a home event, however, it is still a good idea to supply spit buckets for the guests.

Luxurious Wine Chateaus and Wineries in the United States

It would have been unusual to build a solid industry for wine travel, even if wine and wine hotels have been considered top luxury products or services. But now it is a thriving and distinct industry. Below are some of the top luxury products or services on wine travel that can be seen in the United States.

Musings on Wine Tasting

Some personal thoughts on wine tasting. How experts might approach it, and a possible guide for beginners.

7 Obvious Reasons Stemless Wine Glasses Are Worth Their Weight in Gold!

Stemless Wine Glasses and Stemless Champagne Flutes are an inspiring choice in terms of style, comfort and most importantly saving your hard-earned cash. The world is moving forward and innovation is at a high.

Cognac Glasses – Do They Really Enhance the Drinking Experience?

Does the shape of a glass really do anything to improve the tasting sensation when you actually sip your cognac? Or is it just a ploy by clever marketers to encourage us to spend our hard earned cash?

Riedel Vitis – Virtual Perfection

I have to admit, when it comes to wine glasses, I am partial to the Riedel brand. Being a lover of wine, and being in a business that predominately focuses on high-end wine glasses is kind of like being a parent. Say you have four kids. You love them all out of duty and kinship, but let’s be honest–most of the time, there’s one that gets favored more. Maybe because you get along better, you have common interests, they have the same sense of humor as you, whatever the case. It’s human nature. So, Riedel is my favored kid of wine glasses.

The Grapes of Red Blends

Vintners all over the world blend certain types of red grapes to produce superb wines. Each grape used has its own distinctive qualities that create some of the best-loved red blends. Among the grapes used for these wines are cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and shiraz. Viognier, while a white variety, is also mentioned here as it is now used to blend with shiraz.

Merlot – Its Flavors, Food Pairing, and More

Merlot bursts with flavors of berries, cherries, and plums married with chocolate, pepper, and even leathery tones. While this wine is often mistaken for cabernet sauvignon in blind tastings, its grape is softer and fleshier than the cab. It is this softness that makes it an excellent blending ingredient in red wines. It’s often blended with cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc to infuse a balance of softness to the cabs’ structure and definition.

Top 7 Red and White Wine Types

Wine types are based on the type of grape used in the winemaking process, although wine labels sometime refer to the region in which the grape was grown rather than the grape itself. France is big on naming their wines after the grape growing region, and wine drinkers don’t much care which grapes are in the bottle, as long as the wine came from somewhere like Alsace, Bordeaux, and Champagne. That tendency is largely based on the fact that wine drinkers count on getting a wonderful tasting bottle of wine if it comes from a certain region…

5 Common Champagne Questions

Champagne is a popular beverage, but it is surrounded by so much mystery and superstition. Here are some common questions and answers on Champagne. What is the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine? Champagne is Sparkling Wine.

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