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Five Fast Facts: Sauvignon Blanc

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Five Fast Facts: Sauvignon Blanc

One of the fasting growing varietal and popular in the last 10 years has great history and a wide variety of styles. Here are 5 Fast Facts for Sauvignon Blanc. Check out our Sauvignon Selection Here. The Wild Bunch. Sauvignon Blanc takes its name from the French words sauvage, meaning “wild”, and blanc, or “white”—an accurate description of the white grape’s penchant for unbridled, enthusiastic growth. It is often conflated with Fume Blanc, which is a marketing term coined by Robert Mondavi to rebrand the varietal for the American audience. There’s a Sauvignon Blanc for everyone! Noted for its crisp...

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Wine Festivals: How the Rest of the World Celebrates Wine

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Wine Festivals: How the Rest of the World Celebrates Wine

As Americans approach a wine-filled season of festivity, it might be interesting to learn how the rest of the world celebrates wine. Wine festivals date back to the Ancient Greeks’ celebration of Dionysis, the god of wine. The passage of time has led to many variations in these celebrations. Many are still centered around religious observations, but some have jumped into the new millennia with gusto. These observances run the gamut from religious themes to beauty pageants to Bacchanalian wine-soaked parties. But, they have one thing in common: reverence for the grape. This non-exhaustive list of festivals around the world...

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Bordeaux Reimagined: The New Bordeaux are anything but the stuffy cliché

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Bordeaux Reimagined: The New Bordeaux are anything but the stuffy cliché

It’s time to set aside the image of French Bordeaux aficionados as cartoonish wine snobs, whose own age reflects the age of the wines in their cellars, and instead to embrace the new Bordeaux! If you enjoy world class wines of the highest quality, lovingly made by innovative winemakers, and averaging about $20-30 a bottle, you, too, can be a Bordeaux appreciator!  Historically, Bordeaux wines have consisted of six red grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Carménère and Malbec) and three white varieties (Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle). Red Bordeaux contain mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet...

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New Spring Arrivals

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New Spring Arrivals

Toque & Clochers "Saint Joseph" Limoux Chardonnay 2018 Staff Pick! Special wine bottled from a historical auction in France. Only a limited amount available and exclusively from Bottle Shop. Our Chardonnay comes from the village of "Saint Joseph" that was auctioned in 2019 after the oenologists tough selection process and selection of the barrels. Only about 100 barrels are auctioned each year and we are honored to have received the fruits of their labor. Each bottle is individually numbered and wrapped. One of the best barrel aged Chardonnays we have tasted. Staff Pick!   Calibre Mendoza Malbec 2018 90 points A versatile...

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The Life of a Cellar Rat

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The Life of a Cellar Rat

  Cellar workers, or cellar rats, are often romantically portrayed in movie fiction wearing pristine Carhartts and working in immaculate barrel rooms. The reality couldn’t be more different. Most work in the cellar involves liquid and plenty of it. Grape juice, grape must, wine, cleaning solutions, sterilizing solutions, and mass quantities of clean water are the cellar rat’s constant companion. This leads to soggy boots, damp pants and a Jackson Pollock-like display of stains on all clothing. It also involves noise—from a rattling bottle line whizzing by your ear to the endless BEEP-BEEP-BEEP of a forklift in reverse. Most of...

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