Tag: winemaking

Sommelier wine expert shows expensive wine in wooden box to viewer for consideration.

Is Expensive Wine Really Worth It?

Tired of springing for an expensive bottle only to hate it? Let’s examine the age-old question: Is expensive wine worth it? The answer may surprise you.

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.

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…

#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.…

#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…

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…

austrian hand harvest

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…

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…

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…

Sweet Basil Drink

What We’re Consuming: The Sweet Basil

If you’re looking for a cocktail as refreshing as a breezy summer night, look no further. The Sweet Basil is truly made for summer. It shines a flavorful spotlight on Lillet, a…