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

chocolate and wine pairings, wine and chocolate, wine pairings

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 […]

Champagne 101 – Learn About Our Favorite Bubbly

Champagne 101, sparkling wine, non-vintage champagne, vintage champagne

Hey Champagne fans, need a little bubbles 101? Champagne is one of those more tricky types of wines to understand. So, here’s a quick rundown of a few styles of everyone’s favorite bubbly to expand your palate and amp up your sparkling addiction! We won’t go too much into detail about how to make this […]

Is Wine Good for You? These Are The 5 Healthiest Wines

Is wine good for you?

Wine has been a part of international cultures since we figured out fermentation makes grape juice more fun. We’ve come a long way since then. According to OIV in their last State of the World Vitiviniculture report, we consumed an estimated 244 million hectoliters of wine globally in 2019! Yes, that’s a lot. Perhaps while […]

Which Wine to Pair with Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day wine pairings, presidential wines

Between riots, impeachment, and a national divide, you might be feeling like you need something substantial to get you through the 2021 Inauguration Day Circus. The right drink pairing for January 20th needs to be strong, bold-flavored, and American. California Cabernet Sauvignon When I was first studying wine, my teacher—a sassy General Manager at a […]

Best New Wine Regions – 2021 Edition

Best New Wine Regions, Tasmania, wine country

It wasn’t so long ago that Napa Valley was the wild, wild, West of the wine world. Vintage restaurant wine lists invariably showcased Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and maybe some Mosel wine. It only took the infamous 1976 blind tasting in Paris to put Napa beside the world’s best wine regions. Our taste for wine ballooned to […]