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Varietal Exploration IV: White Pinots

Last week we found out that the French word for pine cone is “Pinot”. This refers to the pine cone-like shape of the grape clusters for this classic Burgundian vine. “Noir” is black in French so the translation is “black pine cone”. What about Pinot Gris, or Pinot...

Varietal Exploration III

Hello all! I want to report that I have received a lot of positive feedback regarding the Varietal Exploration emails from customers and employees alike. Great news! With that in mind we offer VE III, Pinot Noir. I must confess this is probably my most favorite...

From Auckland to Edina: Nigel Avery and Sileni Wines

Graeme Avery founded the Sileni Winery in Aukland, New Zealand in 1997. The Sileni were in Roman Mythology, the companions to Dionysis and were said to be schooled in winemaking and “goodtimes”.  Mr. Avery is a keen business man and had the idea that fine Kiwi wine...

Desert Wines not Dessert Wines: Indian Wells

Standing in the vineyards that Chateau Ste. Michelle uses for its Indian Wells wines, you feel as if the only green things in the world are grape vines. Patches of green in a sea of brown, you realize it is located in the middle of a desert, yet here the vines thrive...

Frico Fun Wines & Frico Crisps

Bobby Stuckey, Master Sommelier, and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson met while working at the world renowned restaurant The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Stuckey was the sommelier, wine director and multiple James Beard Award winner, while Lachlan was the much...

Varietal Exploration II: Cabernet Franc

Last week’s Sauvignon Blanc really hit the spot. We tried wines from three different continents andthere were some similarities and some very distinct differences in the group. Week two of our exploration is upon us and this one figures to be a tasting exercise not to...

Varietal Exploration 2015!!!

Hello all! I’ve been thinking I need to use this weekly dispatch to present some basic wine education going along with the weekly tastings we have on Saturday afternoons at all of our stores. Why not start with a little varietal exploration? This week we’ll start with...

All American Family Wineries for the Fourth

Happy Fourth of July to you all! I hope you all have a spectacular and safe holiday.One of the best things about my job is getting to meet many families in the wine business. Growing grapes is farming no matter how you look at it and these folks are farming families....

Shannon Ridge Part II; Don’t Miss Them!

A few weeks back we introduced the wines from Shannon Ridge to you with much fanfare and a few typos! This week we are back with more from this wonderful Lake County winery.Clay and Margarita both grew up in wine country and worked in the wine industry but it was an...

For Dad on Father’s Day

For taking me to hockey practice at awful times of day, and not getting upset when I didn’t want to go anymore: for putting up with a full on, hardcore rock band blasting away in the basement while you were trying to watch the Twins broadcast: for driving out to a bar...
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