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Friday- Italian Winemaker Hilde Petrussa from Friuli

Friuli lies in the top-right corner of Italy, between Austria, Slovenia, the Adriatic Sea, and Venice. Although the region is known for being among the best for producers of Italian white wines, Fruili has been getting accolades for it’s reds, especially Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso and Schioppettino. This Friday we’ll be pouring wines from the…

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Tuesday Night Wine Classes

Ready to take your wine knowledge to the next level? Sign up for our Tuesday Night Wine Classes with CSW & Certified Sommelier/ Instructor Nancie Hemminger. The series of classes will launch on June 18th, covering the basic techniques for opening your senses and really tasting what’s in your glass- a fun, interactive evening of…

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Wine of the Week- Hillersden Rose’

Vibrant and Fresh- Not unlike Dudamel’s recording of Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain”! Aromas of ripe, red berries and luscious cream are accompanied by hints of orange peel and watermelon rind, not to mention that after rain smell, all rush out to greet you the moment it hits the glass. Think about sipping this while…

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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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