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

Fabulous French Biodynamic Wines and some Exquisite Pairings #Winophiles

biodynamic adjective bio·​dy·​nam·​ic | \ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-di-ˈna-mik, -dī-\ Definition of biodynamic  1 : of or relating to a system of farming that follows a sustainable, holistic approach which uses only organic, usually locally-sourced materials for fertilizing and soil conditioning, views the farm as a closed, diversified ecosystem, and often bases farming activities on lunar cycles Followers of […]

Biodynamics at Montinore Estate

In our conversation with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estates, we asked him about biodynamics. The winery was Certified biodynamic in 2008. Rudy had set this process up while he was still working for the Montinore Estate as an employee. The Motivation & learning Pheloxera was what originally motivated him to look at biodynamics. They had […]

Pairing with Bubbles – Gloria Ferrer and the amazing Sarah Tracey

It’s the season for bubbles and this past October I was able to do an amazing tasting and pairing event with sparkling wines from Gloria Ferrer at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla Washington. I met Sarah Tracey of The Lush Life the evening before her Bubbles and Bites Seminar at WBC18. At the […]

The 12th Day arrives…2009 Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie & Duck

The 12th Day of Wine demanded digging in the cellar for something special and Michael perused the Tablas Creek Wines that we patiently wait to open, allowing them to age as we gaze longingly at the Vintage chart waiting for them to be in their prime. It’s worth noting that as we gazed at the […]

On the 11th Day – A Ballard Canyon Syrah from Larner & Beef Stew

We’ve come to the 11th Day in our 12 Days of Wine and we pulled a beautiful bottle of Ballard Canyon Syrah out from Larner Vineyard & Winery. 2013 Larner Estate Syrah – Reserve Our finest Syrah from the 2013 vintage has a vivid bouquet of violets, cassis, blueberries, pepper, vanilla and espresso. The intense, […]

On the 10th Doon of Wine…short ribs and Syrah from Bonny Doon

Randall Grahm is one of the hardest working guys in wine and he has always been an “of the people for the people” kinda guy.  I remember meeting him for the first time at a conference dinner 5 or so years ago.  A fan of his blog, I was a little star struck, but he […]

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Wine with Beckham Estate AD “Creta” Pinot Noir & bacon wrapped dates

Andrew Beckham has merged his two loves, ceramics and wine.  The bottle for this wine lists it as “Creta A.D. Beckham MMXVI Amphora Pinot Noir”.  This wine was made in a terra cotta vessel.  A vessel made right here in his studio on the vineyard.  There is a long story to go with this.  A […]

On the 8th day…a Cabernet..well a Cabernet Franc…a Blanc de Franc at that.

Day 8 of our 12 Days of Wine found us doing a late night pairing.  We met Leah Jørgensen of Leah Jørgensen Cellars this summer and had a wonderful conversation with her about her wines and so many other things.  You can find all that info here. One of the unique wines that she makes […]

The 7th day Pizza & wine in your PJ’s

On the 7th day…well we rested! Eating Pizza and Sucking Glass with Maloof Wines. Eat pizza, suck glass. The Mantra from RossandBee at Maloof Wines  We have been cooking a lot lately, and these 12 Days of Wine are keeping us busy.  Today on the 7th day of Wine, we rest. We pick up a […]

On the 6th day there was Joyful Noise

On the 6th day of Wine we opened our bottle of  Joyful Noise Pinot Noir made by Deven Morganstern.  2015 Joyful Noise Pinot Noir We met Deven and Callie  of Joyful Noise at the Uncommon Wine Festival this summer and spoke with them about the 2015 Pinot Noir.  The grapes for this wine come from […]