The Smell of MANGO in Wine – The Aroma Archive Ep23 – Mango

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The Aroma Archive is your resource for understanding all the aromas in your wine. This video is all about Mango in wine and what that means.

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A Truly Arrogant Ale

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A Toast to the Beer Glass

As promised, and in lieu of our Domestic Microbrew tasting this coming Wednesday, I am going to take you on a trip to the magical world of the malty beverage and highlight proper beer-ware. Now proper beer-ware is subjective. If you are happy drinking beer out of a red party cup then by all means, go for it. But if you don’t feel like contributing to your local landfill, consider a glass that may assist in accentuating your beer experience.

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Value Italian Wines

In the spirit of our “Value Italian” wine tasting on Thursday, I thought I would highlight some of our bargain Italian wines. I will admit that my Italian wine knowledge is not as strong as I would like it to be, but I always find that research is a great teacher. Since I love rustic Tuscan cuisine in my own home, as well as experimenting with simplistic ingredients that are in season, I really ought to be focusing in incorporating Italian wines into my rotation. And fortunately enough, there are plenty of fantastic Italian wines out there that won’t break the bank!

Wine Review: Orin Swift’s The Prisoner 2008

Dave Phinney’s story is one of the most unique and admirable in today’s wine industry. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Political Science, Phinney began pursuing his team by working harvest at the Robert Mondavi winery. The next year he began Orin Swift Cellars with just two tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes.

Wine Review: Block Nine Pinot Noir

Looking for a great Pinot Noir under $20? Caiden’s Vineyard’s Block Nine is a small production winery focused solely on Pinot Noir. Their niche: quality Pinot Noir at an affordable price. If you aren’t particular where your Pinot grapes come from, this non-AVA California Pinot Noir based in St. Helena, Napa Valley encompasses all of the bright red fruit and toasted oakiness one comes to expect from a California Pinot.

Mendoza Magnifico

Argentina has multiple wine growing regions, but Mendoza is the shining star, producing more than 60% of Argentina’s wine. Argentina itself is the 5th largest wine producing country in the world and they have been making wine since the 1500′s. Up until the 1990′s Argentinians have been more focused on quantity rather than quality, with 90% of wine produced being consumed inside the country.

Hats Off to Magic Hat

Last week we hosted a tasting showcasing the wonderful beers of Magic Hat Brewing Company. Magic Hat representative, Jessie Morris enthusiastically discussed the seasonal releases and brewing techniques of the off-the-wall company located in Burlington, Vermont.

New Mexico’s Gruet Sparkling Blanc De Noirs

Ever tried a wine from New Mexico? How about sparkling wine from New Mexico? Gruet Winery, located about 170 miles south of Albuquerque is putting New Mexico on the wine map.

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