A Brief History of Wine in Celebration of National Wine Day

Posted by Kelly Black on May 25, 2018
You know a product has made an impact on society when it has a day named in its honor. Wine has two.

National Wine Day is May 25th. That’s not to be confused with National Drink Wine Day, which is February 18th. Whether that means you’re just supposed to stare at a wine bottle in wonder on May 25, but not actually drink it, remains to be seen. Either way, it’s a day to celebrate the undeniable impact that wine has had on our culture, especially in recent years.

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What You Need to Know About Wine Bottle Sizes

Posted by Personal Wine on May 6, 2018

Ever wondered what that mini bottle of bubbly is called? Or that heavy, over-sized wine bottle you can barely lift? Read below for insider lingo and tips regarding everything you need to know about wine bottle sizes.

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How to Use Magnum Wine Bottles and Why You'll Want 'Em

Posted by Erin Markland on April 16, 2018

Ever wondered how those very large bottles came to be? We break it down for you, so you know once and for all how and when to use large format wine bottles.

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Wine Bottle Ring Toss Game - DIY

Posted by Michael Cousins on November 7, 2016

It can often be difficult to give away bottles of wine in groups. The intimacy of gift-giving is at times lost through this type of repetitive & chaotic exchange.

We created this exciting ring toss game that will challenge your recipients to win their wine prize. This amusing sport can be played at weddings, corporate events and any holiday party.

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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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Wine Basics: White Wine

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on May 8, 2016

How It’s Made 

We love a cool, crisp white wine, especially in the heat of summer. But do you know about white wine's life and it' journey from being a cute lil' grape to getting in your glass?

Here are the white wine basics you ought to know.

As Alanis says: "You... Youuu... You... Outta knooooowww.

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Personalized Corporate Gifts

Posted by Personal Wine on May 1, 2016

Mini wine bottles and mini champagne bottles are appropriate corporate gifts for many occasions. They scale down the cost of a full size bottle, but still retain its classiness. A case of mini bottles is perfect for an event with a lot of people, or it can be saved for the individual bottles to be passed out on your discretion. They can also be customized to showcase your brand on the label.

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Wine Basics: Red Wine

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on April 27, 2016

How It’s Made

When grapes destined to become red wine are harvested, they are brought to the winery to be sorted and crushed.

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Wine Basics: How to Taste Wine

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on April 13, 2016

The ability to accurately describe the flavors of a wine and distinguish between different grape varietals is not an innate gift granted to so-called “supertasters” at birth; instead, it is a learned ability that must be cultivated through study and practice.

There are four steps you can take to become a more effective taster and prove your taste pallet:

  1. 1. Look—observe color, clarity, and viscosity.
  2. 2. Smell—detect fruit, non-fruit, or oak.
  3. 3. Taste—experience sweetness, body, acid, tannin, and alcohol.
  4. 4. Finish—exhale out of your nostrils after swallowing.
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