Wine 101

The life of a wine grape

Today we’re learning about the life of our tiny friend – the wine grape. These little guys might not have a super long lifespan, but their time here on earth is so valuable for us wine lovers.

The Comprehensive Guide to Opening a Bottle of Wine

I swear, every time I go to someone’s house for drinks there’s always a different type of corkscrew being used. How many types of corkscrew are there in the world? How do you use each one? Are some better than others? Help!

Holiday Survival Guide: Holiday Dessert Pairings

According to our friends at wine.net in their article called Which Wines Go Best with Thanksgiving Dinner?, “when you are pairing with a sweet dessert, you want the wine to be at least as sweet as the food.” Here are some awesome holiday dessert pairings that really validate the phrase “Eat Pie. Drink Wine. Be Thankful.” Apple…

Terroir: Taste the Place

Terr-what? Our thoughts exactly! Simply put, terroir (pronounced ‘ter-wahr’), is the reason why Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France tastes different than Pinot Noir from Oregon. Like many wine terms, terroir has French origins. Although there is no literal English translation, it generally means “a sense of place.” Poetic, right? This refers to all of the…

#Winesday: Wine Connoisseur Translator

If you’ve ever found yourself at a dinner party, wine bar, or fancy restaurant and thought: “Terr-what? Who’s Stelvin? And since when did wine have so many body parts??” You’re not alone. Check out our A-Z wine terminology list, and get on your way to becoming a Sommelier! (hint hint, see: Sommelier below)   Acidity…

#Winesday: Get to know Aglianico

Ciao, winos! There’s so much more to Italian vino than your go-to Pinot Grigio and Chianti in wicker baskets. Let’s talk about an ancient grape with an up-and-coming popularity on American wine lists: Aglianico.   Region     Aglianico (“alli-yawn-nico”) hails from the Campania, Basilicata and Puglia regions of Italy, the southern part of the…

Do we care too much about labels?

We don’t know about you, but there are some days when we wander down the wine aisle at our local grocery store in hopes of stumbling upon our next new favorite wine. After we spend a good 5 minutes staring at the wine, waiting for one to sound extra appetizing, we give up, look at…

#Winesday: Riesling

With a wine like Riesling, its reputation precedes it. You’ve heard all the rumors: it’s way too sweet, super dry, or smells like gasoline (seriously, look it up). But we’re here to put all those rumors to rest. If you’re not up to drinking this vino, we’ll give you a few good Rieslings. (We know,…

#Winesday: Cabernet Sauvignon, aka miss popular

When two wines really love each other, they come together to make a wine the world loves. And that little vino? It grew up successful, rich, and goes by the name Cabernet Sauvignon. But it’s close friends call it Cab Sauv. In 1996, a research group at UC Davis discovered that Cab Sauv is actually…

Label Language: Sparkling Wine

Reading a sparkling wine label is like trying to learn a foreign language (or more specifically, French). All the fancy terms and elegant phrases tend to go way over our heads, so we’re here to dumb down the lingo so that we’re all able to knowledgeably enjoy our bubbly together. While you’ve read that fermentation…

#Winesday: Chardonnay

Grab your glasses, it’s #Winesday! Today we’re celebrating the most planted white wine grape in the world: Chardonnay. Even if you’re not an avid wine drinker, you’ve definitely heard of Chardonnay. But you might not know much about this varietal other than its iconic taste and color. That’s ok, neither did we! While Chardonnay can…

Tanning and Tannins

You are what you eat, right? Or in our case, we are what we drink. Believe it or not, we’re a lot more similar to wine grapes than we thought, and not just because we can be both sweet, and bitter, at times.  We’re talking about how a grape’s skin reacts to the sun almost…

#Winesday: Petite Sirah

Happy #Winesday winos! Today, we’re sipping on a little Petite Sirah. But don’t be fooled by its name, this varietal is anything but small. In fact, “petite” actually refers to the size of the grape, not the body or flavor of this red wine (which, in our humble opinion, is out of this world). While…

The history of sake

Sake and Sushi. They go together like red wine and dark chocolate. Like Romeo and Juliet. Like socks and sandals. Ok maybe not that last one, but you get the gist. But where did this iconic duo originate? While sake and sushi are traditional Japanese cuisine, sake surprisingly originated in China. Also known as nihonshu,…

From vine to wine

It’s simple really. A grape grows on a vine, and a few months later it has transformed into your favorite red. But what kind of sorcery is happening that turns that beautifully sober grape into a full-bodied Malbec? Here are the deets. Also, just an FYI, I’m skipping over the nitty-gritty of how grapes are…

#Winesday: Pinot Grigio

This #Winesday, we’re raising our glasses to a popular pour: Pinot Grigio! This dry, acidic white is one of the most popular wines out there, and for good reasons. But with popularity comes rumors, and this varietal is no exception to bad press. But we’re here to prove the stigmas wrong. You can’t always believe…

#Winesday: Get to know Rosé

You either love it or you hate it (or hate that you love it). Whichever it is, a glass of Rosé is inevitable during these hot summer days, and we’re here to teach you a thing or two about the pink drink (and convince you that it’s okay to drink Rosé. Yes, even the men…

The 5 S’s of wine

To my dismay, and yours, the five S’s of wine aren’t sip, sip, sip… Impress your friends at your next wine night by educating them correctly with the five S’s of wine: sight, swirl, sniff, sip and savor. These five wine tasting steps force you to slow down, learn a thing or two about the…

What the Colors in Your Wine are Telling You

Red, white, and Rosé. The only colors you really need to know when picking out wine. But what makes some bottles of Rosé a few shades lighter than others? Why are some reds on the verge of pink when others look more maroon? Fear not winos, here’s the breakdown of what the color of your…

#Winesday: All About Malbec

Happy Wednesday Winos! You made it through half the work week, and that calls for some celebration. We’re kicking off this #Winesday with a personal favorite: Malbec. I feel like Malbec is one of those wines that most people have definitely heard of, but few really know anything specific about it. It all started with…

What Does Aerating Wine Even Do?

Aerating? Decanting? English, please!! All these wine terms can be hard to keep straight, and even harder to understand. So what does it mean when you aerate your wine? This is basically just a fancy word that wine connoisseurs use to explain letting your wine breathe, which can seem like a weird concept since wine…

Which Wine Matches Your Relationship?

You really do love the wine you’re with, but which wine matches your relationship? The Party People: Sparkling Wine Like sparkling wine itself, your relationship with your better half calls for a celebration. Sparkling wine is synonymous with parties and celebrations, and these happen to be your two favorite things to attend as a couple.…

Top 5 Grape Varietals

Being that we’re a wine company, we’re constantly talking about interesting grape varietals from across the world. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to take a step back from the atypical and pay homage to wine’s roots - the OG Top 5. These guys are the big hitters, stars of wine country, and some of…

#Winesday: The Merlot Low-Down

November 7th was National Merlot Day! Join in on our week-long celebration and get the low-down on this popular red wine varietal. Overview Today, Merlot is the second most widely-planted wine grape in the entire world after Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s known for being well-balanced, smooth and perfect for pairing. Don’t let preconceived notions or shade…

Garnacha: A New Experience

Like a lot of wine drinkers, we know what we like. When we want a glass of wine (which is pretty often), we don’t want to guess wrong. We just want something we know we’ll love and won’t be wasting our money on. But forcing yourself to finish a glass so you get your money’s…

The Carignan Club: John Hughes’s Grape Story

You know the story well. A nice girl, gone unnoticed due to her unconventional beauty and seemingly bad luck. If only the poor girl would sweep her hair off her face! Surely then the popular boy would fall in love with her! You’ve seen it in The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything and almost…

Fight Night, Wine Edition: France V. Italy

Step right up to witness the fight of your life. Year after year we watch two countries battle it out on the vineyard. Forget Rousey and Holm; this is the Fight Night all winos have been waiting for. France v. Italy. For centuries there has been an ongoing competition between France and Italy in regards…

Diary of an Over-Eager Austrian Harvest Newbie

In January of 2016 I packed my bags, kissed my diploma goodbye, and set out on a year-long winemaking adventure in Austria. That’s right. This fresh-out-of-college Wisconsin native, up and moved to Austria to speak German and pick grapes for a year. (Ok, that wasn’t all I did, you can learn more about my experiences…

There is no black or white, Only shades of Gamay.

The story of Gamay goes to show that, when it comes to wines, you can’t let someone else judge which grapes are “good” or “bad.” In the wine world, there is no black or white. Only shades of Gamay. Think of it this way. Your friend is describing someone to you, but the image they’ve…

TBH, p. excited about these v. important Italian abbrevs.

(Translation: To be honest, pretty excited about these very important Italian abbreviations) If you can interpret this headline, you must be a millennial. We live and breathe for abbreviations, amirite? Luckily, there are four GR8 abbreviated categories we can refer to when it comes to Italian wines. Brb enjoy.  GOAT The French are pretty much…

Wines to Fall for: What to Drink this Autumn

FALL IS OFFICIALLY HERE! Can you tell I’m excited? Let’s face it, fall is the best. You can try and debate me on this one, but you will lose. It’s the season for butternut squash soup, pumpkin spice lattes, beautiful color-changing trees, sweater weather, NFL (for those sporty types), no shave November (I mean, who…

Oaktoberfest: An Ode to Oak

Oaktoberfest: An Ode to Oak   Sorry Oktoberfest, move over light beer we decided to celebrate something new this year   Oaktoberfest is our dedication to the mighty oak tree We know you’re literally screaming with glee   Oak trees grow in forests ‘round the earth It’s time we appreciate what they’re really worth  …

Grigio vs. Gris: Do you (pi)know the difference?

Similar but not the same, two wines from one grape with a changing name. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio come from the same grape. The grape has a skin that is white, sometimes with a grayish, brownish, or pink hue. This grape is named for its color, gris and grigio, which both translate to “gray”…

Livin’ La Vino Loca: My Austrian Wine Experience

My year in Austria started out with me asking for mustard instead of soap when I wanted to wash my hands. Fresh off a plane, this was the first impression made on my host family, at that point they probably had second thoughts because they were under the impression that I spoke German (which I…

The Birds and the Bees

While reading through The Wine Bible (aka what all winos swear by), a wonderful book by Karen MacNeil, we found ourselves fascinated by her excerpt titled “The Sex Life of Wine Grapes.” A title that would not only make any grade schooler giggle, but apparently also several twenty-something-year-olds too. So sit down and listen in…

Dom Pérignon: The Monk, The Myth, The Legend

We all know that Drake and Future be sippin’ on Dom Pérignon for no reason (see: Diamonds Dancing). Well, do we have some news for you, homies. There are countless reasons to celebrate and sip on Dom Pérignon. Developing winemaking techniques and making Champagne famous are only a few of Drake’s accomplishments. Newsflash, Drake: none…

I’ve Got Your (Mal)bec

True story: On my first day of work, we had a team blind tasting competition. (Don't worry, I work for a wine company, so it’s cool.) Not only had I never done a blind tasting before, our CEO was joining us. Talk about pressure. Each team received the same wine and was expected to swirl,…

Intro to Italian Wines

Ahhh, Italy. Does anything get better than the sweet aromas of fresh bread, the rolling hills of Tuscany and the bustling cobblestone streets of Rome?  Actually, it does, because that list excludes the copious amount of wine originating from the country. So get ready class, because today’s oenology lesson is all about those fickle –…

How a Winged-Aphid Changed Wine Forever

Last weekend I went over to a friend’s house for a bonfire. A very Wisconsin thing to do, I know, but we only get summer for maybe two months every year. It’s my mission to be outside for every ounce of it. As I sat enjoying the cool night air and crackling of the fire,…

Why Does Rosé Taste So Damn Good?

As I slid into the booth at my favorite Milwaukee restaurant, I snatched up the wine menu. Scanning the list for the wine I wanted only took a few seconds. “Are we all good with a bottle of the rosé?” I asked the booth. Unsurprisingly, the answer was unanimous – yes, obvi. The waitress soon…

Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone

Dinner  is served: you’re dining al fresco on the terrazza of a centuries-old villa. Panoramic views of the gentle rolling hills, golden from the setting sun give way to a brilliant blue inland ake. You’re enjoying  traditional Roman cuisine, cacio e pepe made with the freshest bucatini and local Pecorino Romano cheese. You grab the bottle of…

#Winesday: Drink Pink

Gone are the days of boxed White Zinfandel. Rosé is trending, and it’s here to stay! This vibrant vino is a true example of a trash to treasure tale, quickly becoming the fastest growing wine category and everyone’s summer favorite. Discover rosé’s story and why you should drink pink: Rosé Revolution – The Maceration Method…

Dear Sangiovese, Don’t Ever Change.

Picture this: you’re sitting on the veranda of an Italian villa. A cool breeze is blowing off the Mediterranean Sea. The sun is setting in the distance. You have a plate of authentic lasagne waiting to be devoured. Your wine glass is empty and you’re ready to drink as the Romans do, but what vino…

Collecting Wine is a Paradox

I don’t understand wine collectors. For that matter, I don’t understand collecting anything consumable (I’m looking at you, guy paying $2,500+ for a bottle of bourbon). Last summer, a wine collection with 4,600 bottles went to auction and was valued at roughly $7.6 million. If I had 4,600 bottles of incredible wine, do you know…

#Winesday: 9 Ways to Recycle Your Bright Cellars Wine Inserts

Curious about what to do with your Bright Cellars wine inserts after you’ve finished reading them? We polled our team to find out their favorite ways to recycle their inserts once they’ve soaked up all of that educational content. Here are a few of our favorite creative uses:   1. Wino wallpaper This is a…

Ancient Gods Who Liked to Party

Surprising to none, wine is not a new fad. Sure, Cleopatra and Abraham Lincoln probably weren’t sipping rosé with their baes or arguing with their squads about which Red Blend is the Napa Valley Red Blend, but wine has been around for thousands of years. We know that the average wino isn’t necessarily a history…

Your Best Staycation Ever

Plane tickets are pricey, hotel beds are uncomfortable, cat sitters are expensive…The best way to beat that “I need a vacation from my vacation” feel is simple: stay home! Staycations are quickly becoming the new vacations. There is something to be said for relaxing and recharging in the comfort of your own humble abode. Of…

Red Blends: The Goldendoodles of Wine

We’ve all heard the expression “two heads are better than one.” Perfect pairings bring out the best in one another. Think, goat cheese and honey, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Golden Retrievers and Poodles…yeah, I’m going there. Why shouldn’t this logic also apply to wine? Historically, the industry standard suggested that single varietal bottles are…

#Winesday: Keep it Cool

There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold glass of vino on a hot afternoon. If you find yourself reaching for a bottle that’s lukewarm on the counter…chillax! Check out our tips for quick-chilling your wine all summer long: Get Salty Place your wine in a bucket of ice, cold water and salt. Salt reduces the…

Real Pairings for Real People

When thinking of food and wine pairings, your first thought is likely the age-old Champagne and Caviar or Cabernet Sauvignon and Strip Steak au Poivre. No? Good, because those certainly aren’t our go-to’s. When we want to get down with an exceptional food and wine combo, we go for what we like to call “real…

#Winesday: Wine’s Best Friend

June 23rd is Take Your Dog to Work Day! As if wine and work wasn’t already the greatest combination imaginable, at Bright Cellars HQ, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day. This got us thinking…If our dogs were bottles of wine, what would they be? Well, a few glasses of vino and several…

Summertime Red Wines

You’re on a patio, the temperature is somewhere north of 80, you have a grill, some meat, and a bunch of empty glasses. What do you reach for? Frozen margaritas wouldn’t be wrong (frozen margs are never wrong), but we’re pouring juicy, chillable reds! Whites and rosés are often considered the go-to summer sippers, but…

Wine & Sunshine: A Guide to Summer Sipping

‘Tis the season for summer entertaining! Stumped on how much wine you’ll need for your warm weather get-togethers? No sweat! Follow these simple guidelines for keeping everyone’s glasses half-full. Calculation for Your Celebration Beverages for Your Bash If you have leftover vino: problem (is that ever a problem?) solved! Mix up one of our favorite refreshing…

#Winesday: Grape & Grill

Burgers, brats, and barbecue are all essential to a summer cookout. But even more essential? The beverages! While wine isn’t typically thought of as the go-to drink at warm weather get-togethers, the proper pairing can bring any grill-out to the next level: Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon Pair with: steak, cheeseburgers   Why this works –…

Interview with a Somm

It’s no secret, the world of wine is equally confusing as it is captivating. We sat down with our Wine Director and Certified Sommelier, Gretel, to get her take on interesting wine recs, underrated regions, pairing suggestions, and more!   What’s your go-to bottle or varietal of wine? G: Bubbly and Rosé are so food-friendly,…

Tastebud Tango: Blind Tasting Like a Pro

Its no surprise: one of the best (and most enjoyable) ways to learn about wine is to actually taste it. Understanding and comparing wines is ideally done through blind tasting – knowing nothing about your bottle before your glass is poured, and discovering its secrets as you sip! Collect your wines, find a vino amigo, and…

Stop and Smell the Rosé: Wine Tasting by Smell

Baking spices, black currant, and barnyards, oh my! There are hundreds of aroma compounds found in wine. Swirl your glass, take a whiff, and follow these tips for identifying wines by smell: Each wine has its own unique set of characteristics, but the following aromas are commonly identified in these varietals:    

#Winesday: The Wine Down Under

Australia: home to the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House, and some of the most delicious wines in our cellar. It’s National Hug an Australian Day!  Wrap your arms around one of the country’s top wine varietals, and see what all the yabber is about: Shiraz – Oz’s most well-known grape Let’s set things…

Seeing is Believing: Wine Tasting by Sight

A lot of clues about a wine are hidden in its appearance. Before you polish off your glass, follow these visual tips for getting to know your vino! Compare your glass to our color guide below, and discover what your wine’s shade reveals about its make-up:

How to Pick Out a Sweet Wine

You’re either one of two people: craving something for your sweet tooth or looking to avoid making your numerous cavities worse. Whichever it is, we’ve got the low-down so you know whether or not you’re picking a sweet vino off the shelf. Here are some clues: fermentation, alcohol content, varietals, and region. Essentially, fermentation is…

Super Bowl Party Pairings

Whether you live and breathe football or just show up for the food, everyone can be a Super Bowl champion with these Super Bowl party pairings. Wondering about your best wine matches? Chicken Wings The best rivalries are between two strong opponents. Malbec and Shiraz are in the starting lineup when taking on a grilled…

How Winter Weather Affects Your Wine

The weather outside is frightful…but the wine is so delightful. It’s winter in the Midwest, and along with the obvious disadvantages (i.e. the icicle that formed underneath my nose this morning), wine shipments are hurting a bit too! So how does winter weather affect your wine? Winter weather can have a few negative effects on…

How to Pick the Right Wine Glass

Choose the perfect glass to impress friends, family… or your cat.  Red wine glasses are often larger with a wider bowl and rim. This wide design allows more contact with oxygen, which aids in properly releasing the aromas and flavors in the wine. These glasses are usually rounder and fatter, because #realwineglasseshavecurves     White wine glasses…

Holiday Survival Guide: Christmas Cookie Pairings

It’s #NationalCookieDay! Because we’re in the holiday spirit here at Bright Cellars, we decided to put together a list of the ULTIMATE Christmas cookie pairings. (You’re welcome.)   Gingerbread & Riesling Riesling’s notes of sweetness are the perfect match for a spicy gingerbread cookie. The wine’s generally oily texture combines with the sharp ginger taste, creating a…

Holiday Survival Guide: Thanksgiving Food Pairings

Thanksgiving preparation is hard. And when my mom asked me what I was bringing to Thanksgiving dinner, I replied, “several bottles of wine that I’m not sharing with anyone else.” (She wasn’t thrilled.) So I did a little research to find the best and easiest Thanksgiving food wine pairings. Now she HAS to accept my contribution…

Can White Wine Come from Red Grapes?

Is it really possible to get white wine from red grapes? Surprisingly, yes. It may sound crazy, but the process actually makes a lot of sense. I’ve always assumed that white wine was made with white or green grapes and red wine is made with red or purple grapes. But virtually all grapes have clear juice,…

Macaroni + Cheese and Grenache

Pairing of the Week Macaroni and Cheese and Grenache Flavors and Aromas Macaroni and Cheese: Provolone, Gorgonzola, Parmesan Grenache: Blackberry, Black Cherry, Tobacco, Anise Why It Works Grenache has a full-on flavor of blackberries and is medium-bodied. The acidity of the Grenache balances out the fattiness of the cheese, making for the perfect pairing.   …

Tacos and Pinot Noir

Pairing of the Week Tacos and Pinot Noir Flavors and Aromas Tacos: Beef, Cumin, Cayenne, Cheddar Pinot Noir: Black Cherry, Plum, Leather, Tealeaf Why It Works The mixed red and dark fruit flavors combine with the cumin and cayenne of the taco seasoning, creating a balance on the palate between sweet and spicy.   More from Bright Cellars:…

Apple Pie and Riesling

Pairing of the Week Apple Pie and Riesling Flavors and Aromas Apple Pie: Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Nutmeg Riesling: Green Apple, Apricot, Ginger, Honeysuckle Why It Works The acidity in Riesling brings out the delicious baked flavors in apple pie. Riesling can even have notes of petroleum, complimenting the flavor of the flaky crust.  

10 Historic Wine Facts

1. In ancient Greece, it was customary for the host of a gathering to drink the first cup of wine…to ensure his guests he did not poison them… 2. Today, bumping glasses with a “cheers” is meant to express good wishes before drinking. In ancient Rome, however, a “cheers” was meant to bump glasses to…

10 Key Characteristics of Wine

10 Key Characteristics of Wine & What They Mean    

The BEST Way to Chill Wine

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want our wine chilled to perfection in upcoming seasons. I did a little *research (*sipped a glass of Riesling while scouring Pinterest) and found a pretty awesome solution to cooling your wine without watering down your precious vino. The results? The BEST way to chill wine. Ever. …

What is Decanting?

Decanting is a highly debated technique in the world of wine. Some believe that decanting can significantly improve a wine, while others feel it purposeless. Before we join the great debate, let’s get the facts. I started with researching what decanting actually means. (Apparently it doesn’t mean “when a group of 15th century witches congregate…

Perfect Pairings: Burgers and Wine

In honor of National Burger Day last week, here’s a list of the most perfect pairings for your favorite burger. (And it’s an excuse to have burgers and wine, like, every night.)   Malbec Fruitier, medium-bodied, bold reds are the best bet for an awesome pairing with beef. Wines that are more tannic, like Malbec,…

Spiced Pantry’s BEST Summer Pairing

What’s the best summer recipe to pair with Sauvignon Blanc? Shannon from Spiced Pantry, a food subscription box that sends a new country’s pantry ingredients and recipes each month, has the answer. Mexican Grilled Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Crema Sauce These grilled fish tacos are the perfect summer meal. They’re a breeze to make,…

Strawberry Watermelon Rosé Punch

Strawberry Watermelon Rosé Punch. Yep, that just became a thing. Make it happen, winos. What You’ll Need: 1 bottle of red of rosé Strawberry lemonade  Frozen strawberries (to double as ice cubes) Watermelon           Step 1 Fill the pitcher with the frozen strawberries (to use as ice cubes) and watermelon pieces …

Old World vs. New World Wine

The terms “Old World” and “New World” are often used to describe wine. But what makes one wine “Old World” and what makes another “New World?” (Note: the difference is NOT that Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” is played throughout production of New World wine. I’m just as disappointed as you are.) Region is the real way to…

Wine Math

Wine math: the only math you really need to know.    

What happens to leftover grape skins?

We know that grapes are made into wine, but what happens to the skins? It turns out they have a lot more use than being tossed out or being fed to this guy. Let’s be real, in a perfect world all of the grape skins would be going to feed this adorable dude. Can you…

Why Isn’t Wine Made with Regular Grapes?

There are some pretty key differences between wine grapes and the kind of grapes we eat. So what makes the two grape species so distinct? Let’s break it down. Table (aka Regular) Grapes: Fairly large and tough Crunchier Travel much better than wine grapes Thin-skinned No seeds Crisp/sour taste   Wine Grapes: Small and delicate…

The BEST White Sangria

For those about to craft…we salute you.   Y’all… You can quit the Internet now because I am currently typing the most important thing you ever have or will read in your lifetime. First of all, white sangria is a thing. Second of all, I have the recipe of all recipes that will change your casual…

Can White Wine Really Come From Red Grapes?

“Can white wine come from red grapes? If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? What is the meaning of life? Did Kate Middleton really look THAT good right after she had Prince George and Princess Charlotte?” These are some of the questions that…

10 Popular Wines And How to Pronounce Them

I’ll Have What She’s Having   We’ve all been there. The classic “point at the menu” game. You’re at a restaurant, and because you’re a Bright Cellars member (obviously), you are looking for a new wine to try (proud of you)! But as soon as the server asks you for your drink order, you freeze…

The Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Red Wine

As shocking as it may seem, not too long ago we didn’t have a taste for red wine. We tried it after we started drinking wine regularly, thinking it’d be as delightful as our favorite white. But we didn’t account for the higher tannin levels of reds leaving a distinctly acidic taste in our mouths.…

Which White Wine Is Best For You?

This post goes out to all you white wine lovers. The people who have been there with white wines since day one. The brave savants who identify with our anthem, “started from Moscato now we here.” This is our swan song. We’ll admit, we weren’t always so well versed on the variety of white wines.…

Are You Well ‘Red’?

How well do you know your red wines? Here’s some info to keep you in the tread with that knowledge of red. Cabernet Sauvignon Regions: France, California, Washington State, Australia Flavors: Bell pepper, Green Olives, Black Cherry Aromas: Blackberry, Cedar, Chocolate, Tobacco, Herb Fun Fact: There is such a thing as Cabernet Day! It’s every August…

10 Tips to Pairing Wine with Food

Wine and food go together like a jacket potato and sour cream. Okay, maybe not like that, but wine and food have been paired together ever since its creation. People needed something to wash their cheese down with, duh. Although any type of wine can go with any type of food (red wine and pizza…

6 Wine Terms and What They Really Mean

The wine world is mysterious and vast. There are the experts, the casual wine connoisseurs, the sangria sippers and the “I don’t know, I just drink it” people who make up the wonderful world of wine lovers. Regardless of what type of wine lover you are you have come across wine terms that you might…

The Nonexperts Guide to Tasting Wine Like a Pro

When you think of wine tasting you might think of sommeliers sitting around a vineyard with 10 different glasses of wine all discussing the smell of their wine as the “oak trees of California, mixed with a hint of cherry from the South of Spain.” Is wine that complicated? Aren’t you just supposed to drink…

What’s in Sangria Anyways?

                  We have all been there before. You sit down at a restaurant on a hot summers day with your girlfriends and immediately snatch the wine list from the waiter. Your eye goes straight to the red wine sangria and you order it. Your girlfriend looks at…

Have You Ever Had Orange Wine?

It’s Not Made Of Oranges You may have heard of or seen people drinking orange colored wines. Maybe you’ve tried them. Even though they are orange colored, this wine is made with the same grapes that make white wine. The reason this wine is orange has to do with how it’s made. How Orange Wines Are…

Rotting grapes make great sweet wines!

What is Noble Rot? Yes, rotting grapes can be a good thing! Noble rot is caused by the fungus called “botrytis”. Botrytis affects ripe grapes that are exposed to too much moisture. This is actually the same gray fungus that you often find on strawberries. (Maybe good for making strawberry wine, but don’t eat.) After fermenting the grapes into wine,…

3 amazing grape varietals to try if you love Riesling

We’re all about discovering wines off the beaten path, so we love recommending a wine that expands your wine horizons. Everyone from wine beginners to connoisseurs loves a great Riesling. Great Riesling has amazing aromatics with strong fruit and floral flavors. Riesling is an enticing balance between sweetness and tart acidity. If you love Riesling, here are…