Syrah Vs. Shiraz – DING! DING! DING!

What’s the difference between Syrah and Shiraz? This is a very common question and while it may be common wine logic to some, it’s still a mystery to the average wine drinker.  Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape.  The difference between Shiraz and Syrah comes down to style. Shiraz is what “Syrah” is called in Australia; everywhere else around

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Understanding U.S. Wine Laws Part 2 – Quick Breakdown

Here’s a further breakdown of the wine laws from yesterday’s post. If you’re looking at a bottle of California Wine, Washington Wine or Oregon Wine, the more names you see on the label the better. Ex: Andrew Will – Horse Heaven Hills – Champoux Vineyard Producer – Andrew Will Region – Washington State A.V.A. – Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard –

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Understanding U.S. Wine Laws – Know what you’re drinking!!!

What are wine laws? Wine laws can create a higher standard and quality of wine production and tells you what Appellation the wine comes from. Appellation is just a fancy word for a wine growing area. Wine laws differ from country to country. U.S. wine laws are known as the A.V.A. or American Viticultural Area. Why are wine laws important

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The Basics of Tasting Wine

Wine Tasting Terms to Know The Nose:  pretty self-explanatory; it’s what you smell. The Palate:  This is what you taste and feel.  Things you feel would be the body, acidity and tannin. Bouquet:  Smells associated with Fruity or Floral qualities. Aromas:  Smells anything other than Fruit or Floral.  These generally come from the wine aging. Maybe the snobbiest thing associated

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The Truth about Sweet Wine and Dry Wine

Here’s a quick blog to clear up Sweet and Dry Wines. Sweet Wine and Dry Wine is something that many people get mixed up.  I’d say one of more common requests I receive when when a guest orders wine would be, “I’d like a wine that isn’t sweet.”  To give a better example:  Guests might ask for a Chardonnay that

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