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Are You Hypnotized by Wine Brands?

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Are You Hypnotized by Wine Brands?

  This is something I’d ask a customer that came in looking for a brand name that you probably could get at any big retailer. Now of course, this was a lighthearted way to get their undivided attention. Then I might ask… why are you looking for that brand? More and likely they would share some details to help me understand why they asked for that specific wine. And this is when I’d like to share some facts about the mentioned brand. Usually nothing negative, but real, and not to say national brands don’t have some good wines. Plume Ridge...

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At Long Last: American Holiday Wine Pairings

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At Long Last: American Holiday Wine Pairings

  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, followed by the trifecta of winter holidays: Hanukkah (12/18-12/26), Christmas and New Year’s Eve. With the addition of Kwanzaa (12/26 - 1/1/23), the season of gratitude, gift-giving and feasting is upon us. Many holiday hosts are scouring the internet for new takes on traditional recipes — and the best wines to highlight those dishes.How did the United States — a country founded by Pilgrims and molded by Puritans—beget a series of harvest and yuletide celebrations so closely associated with the enjoyment of wine?It turns out that early Americans were, in fact, not teetotallers...

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Why Does My Wine Taste A Little Different Than Last Time?

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Why Does My Wine Taste A Little Different Than Last Time?

A lot of wine drinkers are unaware of how wines can have different effects on the palate. Or is it your imagination? Nope! Atmosphere (or lack thereof) has plenty to do with what your palate can experience. Example: Drinking a full-bodied red wine in the middle of a warm afternoon doesn’t have the same effect as drinking that same wine on a cool evening in low light. Bigger reds can tend to be “chunky” or hard to drink as they warm up with ambient temperatures. Also, white wines don’t always show well in the evening as they are better chilled...

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Wine Styles

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Wine Styles

Photo Credit: WSET Have you ever tried to describe an amazing food experience you have had to another person? How do you include the best points and descriptive words that clearly communicate the feelings and tastes you experienced? It is not easy! Wine, just as food, is complex and faces these same difficulties. But knowing what kind of wines we wish to buy drives our decision. For this reason, wine styles or general designated, identifying terms serve as a guideline. At Bottle Shop, we utilize wines styles based on color (red, white, rose) sparkling, body (rich, elegant, fruity, structured) and...

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How to Develop Your Palate

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How to Develop Your Palate

  I like to try and describe wine related subjects in parables. Example: Ever go the beach in the morning, and when you get there, it is overcast and chilly?  But since you drove all that way (especially if you live in the Inland Empire) wouldn’t you want to see if the weather gets better as the day progresses?  Then again, some people might turn around and leave to go home or maybe go to breakfast or something like that.  Only to miss out on a beautiful day at the beach.  Your palate kind of does the same thing.  You...

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