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Wine of the Week: Toad Hollow Mendocino County Chardonnay 2012 (CA) $12

Monday May 26, 2014

This vibrant, unoaked Chardonnay from Toad Hollow Vineyards delights with fresh, pure fruit showcasing the Chardonnay grape in all of its unmasked glory.

Expect plenty of green apple and peach with a decent dose of tangy citrus on the nose and playing again on the palate. †Crisp, clean lines, balanced acidity, fresh happy tropical fruit and the winsome influence of malolactic fermentation all make their mark on this Mendocino Chard.

Perfect for pairing with fresh fish and shellfish options that flatter the wine's dry character and leaner lines.

Sangrias for Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday May 24, 2014

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Slide into summer with a slew of Memorial Day sangria recipes at the ready. Easy to make and even easier to drink, these fresh-faced, wine-themed, fruit-filled sangrias are the quintessential Memorial Day weekend splurge.

Whether you opt for red, white, or rosť wines, there are plenty of ways to plunge your favorite fruit into refreshing wine-inspired summer sipper.

Grab a new sangria recipe here.

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Wine of the Week: Montes Cherub Rosť of Syrah 2013 (Chile) $16

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Montes Cherub

The 2013 Montes Cherub Rosť of Syrah may be the perfect wine for Memorial Day Weekend. Well-priced and well-distributed, carrying strawberry, cherry and the spice-filled profile of a snappy Syrah, this particular rose brings silky textures, bright acidity, and a medium-body to the table.

With a food-friendly nature that will match up nicely with the weekend's grilled veggies, poultry, pork and burgers, not to mention handling the best of smoked salmon, oysters, and bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers, the Montes Cherub is perfect for backyard parties, picnics and poolside.

Wine of the Week: Indaba Chenin Blanc 2013 (SA) $10

Sunday May 11, 2014

The 2013 Indaba Chenin Blanc carries considerable value with a fresh fusion of citrus-laden aromas and vibrant, mouth-watering acidity on the palate.

Perfect for poolside, picnics or pairing with all kinds of finger foods, chicken picks, and summer sandwich options, the clean lines and crisp flavor profile make this white wine a zippy sip for the hotter hues of summer.

At only $10 a pop, this wine is a no-brainer for trying a lesser known grape varietal (Chenin Blanc) from South Africa's Cape wine region.

Mother's Day Mimosas (and more)

Thursday May 8, 2014

Take a turn toasting Mom with a Mother's Day Mimosa this Sunday.

Easy to make and even easier to drink, mimosas count on sparkling wine to add a festive flare to any occasion. Variety is the name of the game and mimosa recipes invite invention and experimentation.

We've rounded up a few of our favorites to get your Mother's Day party started.

The Basic Mimosa Recipe

The Passion Fruit Mimosa

The Mama Mimosa

The Morning Glory Mimosa

The Kir Royale

Super Sangria Recipes

Wine-themed Cocktails

 

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Top 10 Wine-themed Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Thursday May 8, 2014

Three days 'til Mother's Day and we've gathered our favorite wine-themed gift ideas to make celebrating Mom a breeze.

From affordable wine aerators to choose-your-price wine club options and ready-to-roll (and ultra snazzy) wine gift baskets to crafty, keepsake cork kits, there is certainly something for every wine loving mom this Mother's Day.

Take a peek at our†Top 10 Wine Gifts here.

Wine of the Week: Franciscan Equilibrium 2012 (CA) $18

Thursday May 8, 2014

An energetic white wine blend dominated by the crisp clean lines of Sauvignon Blanc, rounded out with a bit of body thanks to Chardonnay and a dash of intense aromatic development from the Muscat grape, the 2012 Franciscan Equilibrium brings an enthusiastic, out-of-the-box blend to the table - fun, feisty and screaming spring!

Expect gobs of white fruit - citrus, pear, pineapple and a swirl of sweet on the palate.

A very pretty wine, the 2012 Equilibrium will partner up well with Asian Fusion themes as well sweet and spicy sauces.

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Wine of the Week: The Prisoner 2012 (CA) $39

Monday April 28, 2014

The 2012 Prisoner is a wild-hearted wine inspired by Napa's "original" blended reds built by Italian immigrants. A gutsy mix of†Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache can make their way into the wine in any given year, with proportions varying from vintage to vintage.

The 2012 leans heavily on Zinfandel (46%) and carries 30% new oak. The nose showcases dark brooding fruit with black pepper spice well-accented by a swirl of mocha and vanilla aromas. The palate is big, bold and fairly feisty with generous dark fruit character, well-handled tannins framing the structure and remarkable integration and overall balance. A top pick wine for all kinds of beef, game, and pork themes.

Wine Bottle Sizes

Monday April 28, 2014

Wine Bottle Sizes

While most are familiar with the standard 750 ml wine bottle sizes, or the split 375 ml, there are actually over ten unique wine bottle sizes made today. †Check out the various bottle sizes and names here.

Wine of the Week: Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava (Spain) $12

Wednesday April 23, 2014

One of the best-selling Cavas on the market, Freixenet's Cordon Negro Brut offers up exceptional citrus and toasted almond notes on the nose.

Built on the region's three dominant Cava grapes: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada, this medium-bodied sparkling wine carries a fresh factor, lively acidity, and unmistakable balance on the palate.

Pair with Paella, shellfish, fresh fish and all sorts of poultry and pork picks!

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