Sniffing the Cork
So often in popular culture, certain beliefs and convictions make their way into popular (or popularly accepted) wisdom. Some myths are debunked and some persist and are propagated over the years.
This series will tackle a few common myths from the wine. The first installment will be about sniffing the cork.
From Carneros to Oakville
Napa Valley is itself an appellation and has 13 unique sub appellations (AVA’s) within its boundaries. Each AVA has a distinctive microclimate, soil, terrain, and elevation that imprint identifiable characteristics into the fruit. Starting in the southern district of Los Carneros we explore eight AVA's of the southern Napa Valley...
Storing, Shipping & Sipping
Your touring the wine country collecting prizes from a number of wineries and you need to get them home. Wineries can only ship what they make, so they can't consolidate your shipment. Luckily there are services that do this, and more.
Ask the Advisor, Roses in the Vineyards
Ask the Advisor, Why are there roses in the vineyard? "A Rose is a rose is a rose," as on Gertrude Stein postulated as part of her 1913 poemSacred Emily, interpreted as meaning "things are what they are,". But in a vineyard a rose bush is more than just a pretty piece of visual poetry. It has a job to do.
Host a Tasting Party
There are a number of ways to host a wine tasting party and it depends of course on how formal you want to be, if you are going to have food to sample, and what kind of wine focus do you want. These events can be elegant and regal or professional and sober (must you spit at the table?) or just great fun.
I have created a list of things to consider and some specific tasting ideas and plans. If you live in the wine country you might ask if a winemaker or winery staff person could lead a tasting. The wine buyer at your local market or wine shop might love the opportunity to be involved.