Posts by Mark West

This Friday- French Friday

Charles de Gaulle once despaired: ‘How can you govern a country that has 246 varieties of cheese? Hmm…he makes a good point. Besides cheese, the French eat an average of 500 snails each a year, and they consume 11.2 billion glasses of wine a year. What does this have to do with anything? Pretty much…

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Wine of the Week – Backsberg Pinotage 2016

Backsberg Pinotage 2016- Kosher  Pinotage was bred in South Africa back in 1925 as a cross between two french grapes-  Pinot noir and Cinsaut. Since then it’s become their signature grape with tastes of ripe cherry, coffee bean and sweet strawberry, complimented by a subtle reminiscence  of dried herbs- Imagine sharing an espresso and berry…

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Champagne!

(Post by Nanci Hemminger) Awhile ago I lead the Enology Club from Northrup through a tasting of several Champagnes and other sparkling wines. In preparation I researched the wines I would be pouring and also delved into the fascinating history of Champagne. This is what I learned…

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Champagne 101

Sparkling wine is, well, wine that has carbon dioxide added to make it fizzy, during a secondary fermentation.  Of course the most well known example of sparkling wine comes from France (so do French bulldogs but I won’t hold that against ‘em) and is known as Champagne, a sparkling wine that is made in the…

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Baker the bougy wine dog on Chardonnay, Pinot, and Burgendy

The Region: Burgundy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. ‘Nuf said. Unless you’ve been under a rock or drinking Colt 45 since you were 12, you know these two grapes. They are the two main grapes of Burgundy (if you’re lookin’ at a bottle of French wine don’t be confused by the term “Bourgogne”-its’ just the French…

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A Short History of the Universe (of California Wines)

The Spanish were the first winemakers in California-they planted vineyards along with each mission they built. Well, I mean…you need wine for communion, right? For the most part they planted what has become known as the “mission grape”. The Gold Rush (1849) brought an influx of winos and hence a new demand for wine; it…

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Mark’s Paso Trip

We headed out from the South Bay on a beautiful morning in search the perfect zinfandel. Instead of going someplace close like Uncorked, I was headed up to Paso Robles to meet some friends for a weekend of wine tasting, in the town where I first learned to drink wine. Well, I already knew how…

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Friday Theme Nights

    Sign up for our weekly email blast here and don’t miss our weekly specials, events. and information about our our Friday theme nights. It may be a visiting winemaker, a fun wine tasting (Girl Scout cookie pairing anyone?) or maybe a blind tasting. Whatever the event, there will be wine involved!   

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Happy Hour!

Rough day? Boss yell at you? Was the foam on your double macchiato this morning not up to snuff? We’ve got the antidote! Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm we do $10 tastings.

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Wine Wednesday!

It’s Humpday. The week has peaked. It’s headin’ straight downhill to the weekend. Time to get started! $10 tastings from 4-8 pm, and 10% off any purchase.

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