Monthly Archives: February 2013

Going Solar: Just One More “Sustainability” Step

The decision to go solar was an easy one for Dana Merrill of Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery in Templeton, Calif. As this story details, he had already seen how his son had slashed home energy costs by going solar. Receiving grant funding from th…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Where Albariño Reigns Supreme

Imagine a wine region being granted official “appellation” status for a single grape variety. Actually, you don’t need to imagine. That is the story of Rías Baixas (ree-ahs-buy-shuss), generally considered the most important Denomination of Origin…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

A Bodega by Any Other Name…

We always love to hear from our club members, particularly after they’ve received a shipment and had a chance to try at least one of the featured bottlings. That’s what happened recently when this question came our way… QUESTION: I recently rece…

Posted in Wine FAQ

A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

In America’s never-ending “burger wars,” some people are in the In-N-Out camp, while others are passionate supporters of Five Guys. In the Pacific Northwest, Burgerville reigns supreme. Fact is, just about every city, state and region has a handfu…

Posted in Editor's Journal

A Simple Recipe for Cabernet or Syrah Lovers

The last thing you want to do on a lazy winter weekend is deal with a complicated recipe. This one is easy, and the dish matches beautifully with Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. RACK OF LAMB Ingredients 2 8-rib lamb racks Olive oil Salt and pepper Ga…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Not All Shiraz Is Created Equal

We know that Shiraz is a synonym for Syrah—they are exactly the same grape. We also know that the variety “shows” differently depending on where it’s grown and how the crushed grapes are handled in the cellar. The wine media likes to talk about th…

Posted in Wine in the Glass

The Flora Springs Approach to Sustainability

Flora Springs is an acclaimed Napa Valley winery that’s probably best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend known as “Trilogy.” The wine has developed such a large fan base over the years that the winery hosts an annual pre-release party. (…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

What’s the Proper Temp for Serving Wine?

We know that soft drinks are meant to be served well chilled and that hot chocolate should be served…well…hot. But what about wine? The question of the proper serving temperature for wine comes up quite often, so we thought it was time to tack…

Posted in Wine FAQ

5 Fascinating Presidential Wine Facts

Happy President’s Day! I think we can all agree that no matter what our political persuasion, it’s extremely important for us to support our President when it comes to the truly critical decisions that impact the future of America. You know…such…

Posted in Wine Buzz

If You Like… You Might Like…

During the 1980s, a new type of wine known as White Zinfandel caught the fancy of the American public, and helped transform millions of people into “wine drinkers.” White Zin is a “blush” wine that’s quite sweet, and Americans have a very large co…

Posted in Wine in the Glass
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