Intro to Sauvignon Blanc & Its Best Regions

Sauvignon Blanc

If you’re interested in exploring aromatic white wines, then Sauvignon Blanc is a great place to start. This white grape originated in western France. Though today, it grows successfully in New and Old World regions globally. Let’s dive into top regions where you’ll find the best Sauvignon Blanc. The Grape Variety Sauvignon Blanc is a […]

Loire Valley Winery Guide

Guide to Loire Valley Wineries, Girl with red hair overlooking chinon with glass of red wine

Guide to Loire Valley Wineries The Loire Valley is known for its glorious châteaux, goat cheese, rolling green pastures, and unique, food-friendly wines. Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc hail queen & king of Loire Valley grapes, but producers make a range of styles from sparkling to sweet. We spent a long weekend exploring the Touraine […]

Basic Guide to Burgundy

Guide to Burgundy

Whether you’re a wine novice or well on your way to becoming a connoisseur, you’re bound to be enamored with Burgundy at some point on your wine journey. Home to some of the world’s most sought-after wines, Burgundy sets the gold standard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region’s first vineyard was planted in Meursault […]

Guide to Riesling

Guide To Riesling

Your Guide to Riesling Find the essential guide to Riesling: everything you need to know about one of the world’s most popular white wine grapes. Flavor & Aroma of Riesling Riesling is a highly aromatic grape. Fruit Fruit flavors tend to be a mix of tree fruits (pear & apple), stone fruits (peach & nectarine), […]

Wine & Weather: The Best Climate for Grapes

Climate for grapes

Have you ever wondered why wine is only made in certain regions around the world? Wine has been a part of human civilization for over 8,000 years. Though not all countries around the world are capable of making it. Actually, all wine growing regions have one thing in common—they’re located between the latitudes of 30° […]

Wine and Cheese Pairings Explained

wine and cheese pairings

While there are many pairings we love, wine and cheese truly is the ultimate match. Yet with such a vast array of cheeses produced around the world and even more styles of wine, creating the perfect wine and cheese pairing isn’t always easy. Thankfully, once you understand a few basic wine pairing principles and learn […]

Green Wine: Find Your St. Patrick’s Day Pairing

Saint Patricks Day Table Settings for Green Wine Pairings

Green Wines: Keeping St Patrick’s Day Classy Green beer or Green Wine? As a Chicago girl, I relate to the need for St. Patrick’s Day exploits. On my 21st birthday, I celebrated at Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Actually, it ended up being the last of its kind, as the south side Irish neighborhood got […]

Why Wine is Expensive: and why price matters

Why wine is so expensive: the cost of red wine matter and may indicate quality, but not alwasy

Why Wine is Expensive I didn’t come from a wine-drinking family. My mom only recently started to keep wine around–a bottle of Moscato from Aldi. She was as equally horrified at the taste of my Italian Falanginha as I was of the $3 price tag for her juice of choice. This isn’t a blow to […]

Pinot Gris vs Pinot Grigio – What’s the Difference?

Pinot Gris vs Pinot Grigio

If you’re a white wine lover, and even if you’re not, chances are you’ve tasted Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris at some point in your wine drinking life. Perhaps as an easy sipping, fresh white wine for a summer afternoon by the pool or perhaps something more memorable and robust. So, when it comes to […]

Chocolate and Wine Pairings to Make Your Heart Swoon

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Chocolate and wine are two of life’s greatest indulgences. They’re also two of the most popular ingredients for a romantic Valentine’s Day. According to The Daily Meal, Americans purchase 58 million pounds of chocolate in the seven days leading up to February 14th! That’s a lot of chocolate. Whether you’re grabbing that cheesy heart-shaped box or […]