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Yes they make killer wines in Contra Costa County

Yes they make killer wines in Contra Costa County

Wine country snobbiness is easy to fall victim to when you live in or close to Napa Valley or Sonoma County. Sure, the wines from there are mostly very well made and some of them are among the best in the world. But the excellence of Napa and Sonoma wines in no way cast a … Continue reading Yes they make killer wines in Contra Costa County

Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

We read an article recently in a reputable publication that proclaimed Zinfandel as California’s “heritage grape,” and went on to describe this grape varietal as “a quintessentially American phenomenon.  It’s zesty, rugged and loud, challenging to rear, a lover of barbecue.”  This characterization of Zinfandel is not uncommon and we have even heard more casual … Continue reading Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape

Ten Best Wine Travel Bags

Ten Best Wine Travel Bags

We recently traveled to Portugal and Spain to look for new wines and wineries to import to the United States and offer in our web wine store.  We criss-crossed Iberia for 17 days, visiting a number of different wineries and sampling their offerings.  As always, we found some great wines and some, well, not-so-great wines.  … Continue reading Ten Best Wine Travel Bags

The best Albariño this side of Spain

The best Albariño this side of Spain

Most people associate Albariño - the grape or the wine - with Spain, and for good reason.  This white wine grape grows is indigenous to Spain (although some Portuguese argue that their "Alvarinho" is the original) and there are some truly fantastic wines that come from the wine regions in Galicia.  On our last trip … Continue reading The best Albariño this side of Spain

Stunning Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC

Stunning Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC

Back in mid-2016 we connected via Twitter with The Vinum, an Italian winery located in the small town of Ortona in the Abruzzo wine region.  As it turns out, my husband was planning a surprise Europe trip for the two of us and he arranged for us (to my total surprise) to meet the husband … Continue reading Stunning Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC