Sneak Peek: Old Vines and Crumbling Castles (Spanish Collection)

Nowhere else in Europe do the echoes of the ancient and medieval ages still reverberate so clearly as in the valleys and plains of northern Spain. In the cellars of Berceo, the oldest winery in the town of Haro, you find the old tunnels of Haro Castle, razed in the...

A History of Spanish Wine

Spain. Most people don’t give it a second thought as a wine region. That’s a mistake. Spain has more acreage devoted to vines than any other country. Its northern regions have produced some of the greatest vintages of all time (e.g. the Pingus ’95 and ’97). When...

Is Wine Alive?

No essay today, as our Wine Explorer is on the road this week (finding some exciting and delicious wines for us, no doubt)... So we'll simply take a moment with Julien Miquel to answer the question, "Where does the alcohol in wine come from?" This week, former...

What’s The Fuss About Champagne?

Note: If you haven’t had a chance to check out our fall sale, you should give it a look. We’ve put together some rich & warming reds, perfect for a cool fall evening…  Click here if you’d like to see our selections for autumn 2021!No essay this week, as we’re hard...

Monsieur Malbeck, revisited

Writing about gauchos these past two weeks has us thinking about malbec. But where does this quintessential Argentine grape come from? For that we return to our essay from earlier this year, about M. Malbeck and the origin of the “black wine.” More on that in a...

Gauchito Gil: Cowboy Saint

On long, dusty roads in the Calchaquí Valley, one occasionally passes a solitary tree or rock heap with what looks like a shrine, shrouded in red fabric, to the Virgin Mary or some other saint. Upon further inspection, the figurine beneath the red shroud is not any...

A History of the Gaucho

If you had occasion to grab a bottle of CUMPA (Agustín Lanús, of Sunal) or Unoaked (Raúl Dávalos, of Mayuco and Tacana) from us recently, you probably noticed that the gaucho – Argentina’s archetypal cowboy – features heavily on both labels. The name CUMPA is even...

How to Rescue an Opened Wine Bottle

First a note: We still have a limited number of cases from our Italian collection available (see inventory here). However, supplies are going fast. Click here to reserve your bottles.Most of the team is on vacation this week, so we’ll take the opportunity to tackle...

The Ram’s Scrotum

This week, we continue our crash course on wine bottle shapes, from a bottle possibly named for a bovine’s nether regions, to fiascos, to the reason that champagne bottles are so thick. More on that in a moment. But first, what’s really in the sediment at the bottom...

Bottle shapes – what do they mean?

Never mind the label… You can tell an awful lot about a wine by just looking at the bottle. But do you know your bottle shapes as well as you should? More on that in a moment. But first... why shouldn’t you drink red wine with fish? In this week’s video, resident...

Our 4 Favorite Wine Books

The Tuscan wines from our Italian Collection reminded us of one of our favorite wine books, A Vineyard in Tuscany. This week, we’re going to run through our four favorite wine books. Our favorite book on Italian wine: A Vineyard in Tuscany, Ferenc MátéWhile more of a...

Julien Tastes Our Italian Collection (chili?)

“When I smell this wine, I am transported to Tuscany – the warm cypress trees… the earth… the hot summer in the hills... it certainly has the signature of the Chianti terroir in it.” But Julien’s not talking about one of the two Chiantis in our Italian Collection. You...

DOC? DOCG? IGT? What?

Attenti: Our new Italian Collection will start shipping next week! This week, in anticipation of our forthcoming Italian Collection (estimated ship date: July 19th), we continue our trip up the Italian Peninsula, from our third Tuscan wine (a Partnership exclusive) to...

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