Regale Winery, Santa Cruz Mountains

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0200.It was a real treat to visit Regale Winery up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I’m lucky because I live in an area where wineries are literally just a short drive away. Regale, in particular, was about a 30 minute drive from me. My first impression of the place was how beautiful the location was.  Continue reading

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Make America Grape Again

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Did you know that each and every state in the United States bottles their own wine? Yes, all 50 states. However, it doesn’t mean that each winery is successful. Out of all 50 states, there are 4 states that make up the majority of winemaking in the United States–about 95% to be exact. Here are the top 4 states: Continue reading

Wine of the Week: Merlot

gogw9vatm-q-oscar-soderlundIt’s really fun trying out a new wine a week. I’ll be honest with you guys though, I try out more than one wine a week. I like to think of it as experimenting — a really fun experiment. This week’s wine is a merlot. Merlot is common from the Bordeaux region of France. Sometimes merlot is made into a wine on its own, but other times, it is used as a blender with cabernet sauvignon. Today’s merlot is pure merlot. Continue reading

Grape Varietals Pt. 5

varietals5(Continued..) In the world of winemaking, there are only a few vines that grow the right grape to make wine. About 90% of wines are made from a vine called vitis vinifera. However, within vitis vinifera, there are thousands of varieties of grapes. I’ll introduce you to the major varietals: 20 to be exact.  Continue reading

Grape Varietals Pt. 3

varietals3(Continued..) In the world of winemaking, there are only a few vines that grow the right grape to make wine. About 90% of wines are made from a vine called vitis vinifera. However, within vitis vinifera, there are thousands of varieties of grapes. I’ll introduce you to the major varietals: 20 to be exact. Continue reading

New World

Vineyard in CaliforniaWhen it comes down to it, wine is produced in two major areas of the world. The old world and the new world. These two places have their similarities, but they also have many differences. Once you get to know these differences, blind-tasting a flight of wine can become much easier. Here, I’m going to talk a little bit about the New World. The countries considered as “New World” wine countries are: the United States, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and many more. Continue reading