from grapes to wine

Learn about the grapes and varietals that create the wines you love.  We help you explore the journey these grapes take from getting from the vine to your glass, the history of the grapes, the growing seasons, harvest, fermentation, barrels, bottling to your glass. We even talk to the wine makers about their stories and the journey from dirt to glass.

We break this down into three categories.

(more varietals will be added as we continue to explore all of the variations)

White Wines

light bodied Whites

the wines

Albariño

Gruner Veltliner

Muscadet

Pinot Gris

Picpoul

Sauvignon blanc

Soave

Vermentino

 

full bodied Whites

the wines

Chardonnay

Marsanne Blend

Semillon

Viognier

 

 

aromatic Whites

the wines

Chenin Blanc

Gewurtraminer

Muscat Blanc

Reisling

Torrontes

 

Red Wines

light bodied Red

the wines

Gamay

Pinot Noir

 

 

 

 

 

 

medium bodied Red

the wines

Barbera            Montepulciano

Cabernet Franc      Negromaro

Carignan      Rhone/GSM Blend

Carmenere              Sangiovese

Grenache     Valpolicella Blend

Mencia                           Zinfandel

Merlot

full bodied Red

the wines

Aglianico                  Petit Verdot

Bordeaux Blend          Petit Sirah

Cabernet Sauvignon     Pinotage

Malbec                                     Syrah

Mouvedre                    Tempranillo

Nebbiolo             Touriga Nacional

Nero D’avola

Specialty Wines

Sparkling Wine

the wines

Cava

Champagne

Lambrusco

Prosecco

 

 

 

the wines

Rosé

 

 

 

 

 

desert wines

the wines

Madeira            Fortified Wine

Marsala     Late Harvest Wine

Port              Dried Grape Wine

Sauternais                    Ice Wine

Sherry                Noble rot wine

Vin Santo

 

blog posts on wine

The 9th Annual Uncommon Wine Festival at Vista Hills

While we are visiting the Willamette Valley we will be attending the Uncommon Wine Festival at Vista Hills Vineyard.  Vista Hills Winemaker and GM, Dave Petterson took a little time out of a busy day in the cellar to talk with me about the origins of the event. John and Nancy McClintock, the owners of […]

Spring Vegetable Frittata to pair with an Alsatian Pinot Blanc

I recently had occassion to make a frittata.  We were doing a tasting of Alsatian Pinots with the French Winophiles, with some beautiful samples provided by @AlsaceWines.  When I searched for a pairing to go with the Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc, a suggestion of eggs and spring vegetables came up.  I settled on a pairing […]

A Palette of Pinots – The Hues of Alsace

What comes to mind with you think of “Pinot”? Do you think of a ruby-red pinot noir from Burgundy or a rich deep pinot from Sonoma? Is it the pale straw of a pinot grigio from Italy? Whatever color variation of this grape you thought of, you probably were not thinking of Alsace when you […]

Dipping my toe in Crémant D’Alsace

Okay, not literally… Later this month the #Winophiles are exploring Alsace as the region celebrates #AlsaceRocks.  While we were waiting for the wines for our upcoming post to arrive, I picked up a crémant d’Alsace that was available locally to pair with a weekend dinner.  This is just my quick prep work, on June 16th […]

Lambrusco and Chinese Takeout

When I was a child there were two types of wine as far as I was aware, Blue Nun and Cold Duck.  My childhood in the late 60’s into the early 70’s saw my parents hosting small parties or attending them and I remember the tall blue bottles of Blue Nun and the deep purple […]

Côtes de Bordeaux pairings through Blaye, Cadillac & Castillon with #Winophiles

For many people, when they think of French Wine regions, Bordeaux is the first to come to mind.   Big, bold, age-worthy red wines driven by Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot dominate the region. These can seem like rarified, expensive wines that are slightly beyond reach. Finding Côtes de Bordeaux is an opportunity to dive into this […]

Bella Conchi Spanish Brut Rose (Cava)

This post is a throwback.  It was an evening off alone, and I pampered myself with a little Cava and pairings.  It’s kinda making me crave some bubbles now…   So Michael is working tonight and he doesn’t typically like sparkling wines, so…Tonight we dive into the Spanish Cava. About the Cava This Cava is […]

Elements of a great Sangria Party

A while ago we posted about white sangria. We were testing out a few recipes for a Sangria Party we were hosting. We found our winner for our white sangria, a sauvignon blanc based sangria with honeydew melon, limes, cucumbers and mint. You can find the recipe and instructions here. We also made a red […]

Want to learn about Picpoul?

We did a wonderful twitter chat with the French #winophiles on Picpoul. Here is our post Picpouls from Pinet and California and a Seaside Pairing. We’ve also included the great twitter conversation feed below!  If you want to learn more, scroll to the bottom, there are links to a dozen or so wonderful articles by […]

Picpoul from Pinet and California and a seaside pairing with #Winophiles

Picpoul or Piquepoul is a grape of the South of France. While it is used as a blending grape in the Rhône, when you travel to Occitanie on the Mediterranean Sea you find it made as a single varietal wine. It is a wine of place, pairing perfectly with the briny oysters and other seafood […]