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French Wine Gifts

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on August 14, 2018
Megan Mallen [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
 
By any measure,   France   is the greatest   wine -producing country in the world.    France   was the first nation to implement a system of legislation that codified viticultural practices and protected geographical designations of origin, and its laws served as a model for the rest of the winegrowing world.
 
France   is also the original home of the world’s most famous   wine   grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Grenache, and Syrah for red   wines , alongside Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling for whites.
 
No other country produces such a large volume of fine   wine , and at Personal   Wine , we’ve tasted through hundreds of bottles to bring you the very best   wine   gifts that   France   has to offer:
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Italian Wine Gifts

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on August 13, 2018
 
Italy is the world’s largest producer of wine by volume, with a staggering 36 million cases exported to the United States alone in 2016.
 
Italy is also home to over 2,000 indigenous grape varieties, by far the largest number of any winegrowing nation, and each of the country’s twenty regions produces a unique range of wines according to highly differentiated local traditions. 
 
This dizzying variety of Italian grapes and winemaking styles can be daunting to the uninitiated, but at Personal Wine, we’ve tasted hundreds of bottles to find the very best wine gifts that Italy has to offer:
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Wine Gifts from Napa Valley

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on August 6, 2018
Stan Shebs [GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0]. from Wikimedia Commons
 
On the heels of last year’s devastating wildfires in Napa Valley, one of the best ways to support recovery efforts is to purchase wines from the region. What's more, a recent string of outstanding vintages in Napa Valley has yielded wines of extraordinary quality that also represent some of the best values in today's marketplace.
 
For both of these reasons, we strongly recommend wine gifts from Napa Valley for any occasion, and Personal Wine is proud to offer a wide selection of critically acclaimed bottles:
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Our Favorite Red Wine Pairings with Everyday Foods

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on July 23, 2018
J ust as a dash of seasoning can enhance the flavors of a dish, the right wine can elevate a meal beyond the sum of its parts.  You can spend years studying the nuances of food and wine pairing, or you can just give our sommelier-selected wines a try.
 
Bonus: they’re all under $50 per bottle, so they will make excellent everyday wine gifts for the home chef in your life.

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Our Favorite White Wine Pairings with Everyday Foods

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on July 9, 2018
 
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Top Wine Gifts Under $100

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on July 6, 2018
 
Wine is one of the top five gifts for adults in the United States, and with good reason: a bottle of wine is connected to the vintage in which it was produced, and because of this, a wine from a significant year is the perfect way to celebrate an important milestone or anniversary.
 
With Personal Wine, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a big impression, so take a look at our sommelier-curated list of wine gifts priced under $100:
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Wine Gifts from Family-Owned Estates

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on July 3, 2018
 
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Luxury Wine Gifts That Are Guaranteed to Impress

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on June 21, 2018

Taste in wine, as in all matters aesthetic, is inherently subjective: you might love a wine that your friends do not find enjoyable, and vice-versa. Even among professional wine critics, ratings for the same wine can be highly variable, so how do you choose a luxury wine gift that’s guaranteed to impress?

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What is Sweet Wine? (Wine Basics)

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on June 5, 2016

How It’s Made

When a winemaker decides to produce a sweet wine, he or she faces a dilemma: sugar is required to make the wine taste sweet, but the sugars in grape juice are converted into alcohol during fermentation.

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Wine Basics: Rosé Wine

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on May 25, 2016

How It’s Made

There are three basic methods to know about rosé wine production: limited skin maceration, saignée or “bleeding,” and blending.  As we mentioned in our guide on Red Wine Basics, red wine gets all of its color from the time it spends in contact with the skins of the grapes during fermentation.  As such, a winemaker may purposefully craft rosé wine by reducing the maceration to a period of hours or days depending on the desired color, which ranges from pale pink to cherry red.  This is widely regarded as the best technique for rosé production.  The method known as saignée is a variant on this procedure and involves “bleeding” juice from a maceration, creating a rosé wine as a byproduct of red wine fermentation.  Finally, rosé can be made by blending a small amount of red wine into a white wine to give it color, but this practice is prohibited in most wine regions. The notable exception to this is Rosé Champagne - the world’s most expensive type of rosé wine - which is almost always assembled from a blend of red and white base wines. 

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