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Washington State Wine Country: The Beginner’s Guide

Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Wine Activities, Wine Store Blog | 0 comments

Washington State Wine Country: The Beginner’s Guide

When some peo­ple think about a wine get­away, they imme­di­ately assume they’ll be book­ing a flight across the ocean to some­where in Europe. After all, French or Ital­ian wines are some of the best, right? No argu­ment there. France and Italy makes some won­der­ful wines. But, if you live in West­ern Canada or the West­ern United States, Wash­ing­ton is a fan­tas­tic place to book a wine tour or a wine get­away. It’s close, local, and you’ll speak the language. Wash­ing­ton State...

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Wine Travel 101: Travelling with Wine in your Bags

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Wine Activities, Wine Store Blog | 0 comments

Wine Travel 101: Travelling with Wine in your Bags

Trav­el­ling and world-class wine almost always go hand-in-hand. Espe­cially if you’ve planned a spe­cial wine tour in a far-away location. But, what about if this happens: You’ve just spent one of the best weeks of your life tour­ing around the Loire Val­ley, sam­pling some of the best wines money can buy. A few bot­tles really spoke to you, so you bought them to take home. Now, you have to take them home. What to do? Do you wrap the bot­tles in a towel, shove them in the mid­dle of your...

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Appetizers with Wine: The Beginner’s Guide

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Wine Pairings, Wine Store Blog | 0 comments

Appetizers with Wine: The Beginner’s Guide

Maybe you’re hav­ing a wine-tasting party and want to serve appe­tiz­ers to go with it. Or maybe you’re just look­ing for some­thing to nib­ble on while you and some friends enjoy a glass or two. What­ever your rea­son, appe­tiz­ers with wine are a fan­tas­tic mix. But, choose care­fully. Pick the wrong appy to go with your wine and you might end up throw­ing off your palette. That makes for a sub-par wine expe­ri­ence, and who wants that? Rule One for appe­tiz­ers with wine: keep it...

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The Wine Lover’s Guide to Biodynamic Wines and Wineries

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Organic Wine, Wine Store Blog | 0 comments

The Wine Lover’s Guide to Biodynamic Wines and Wineries

If you’re like me, you appre­ci­ate the time and effort that goes into mak­ing organic foods. It’s not easy, I’ll tell you that much. But lately, bio­dy­namic wine has been on my radar. In essence, bio­dy­namic wine is a farm­ing tech­nique that goes above and beyond organic pro­duc­tion. The end-goal is the same: make high-quality grapes. But, bio­dy­namic winer­ies do this with just the unique nat­ural resources of the vineyard. No syn­thetic fer­til­iz­ers, growth stim­u­lants,...

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Rose Wine: A Beginners Guide

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Rose Wine | 1 comment

Rose Wine: A Beginners Guide

Ah, rose wine. One of my per­sonal favourites for a casual bar­be­cue in the summer. Rose wine is one of the eas­i­est wines to iden­tify. Instead of being a defin­i­tive red or white, rose wine looks pink or even slightly orange. Rose wine comes in all kinds of vari­eties, from still wine, to semi-sparkling, to a full sparkling wine. You can find it rang­ing from sweet– to dry-tasting, too. Typ­i­cal flavours range from straw­berry to cherry to rasp­berry. And you might even taste a hint of...

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Tuscan Wine: The Tuscany Wine Tours Basics

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Wine Store Blog | 0 comments

Tuscan Wine: The Tuscany Wine Tours Basics

Think­ing of a wine tour in Tuscany? Hey, I think it’s a great idea! Tus­cany not only has jaw-dropping (and world-renowned) wine, but it’s also the birth­place of Renais­sance art. Not to men­tion, it’s the ‘stomp­ing ground’ of well-known greats like Michelan­gelo and Leonardo da Vinci. There must be some­thing in the water, for peo­ple and for grapes. The place just car­ries pas­sion with it.   Tus­can Grapes for Tus­can Wine When you’re talk­ing about mak­ing a Tus­can wine,...

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