Should you mix wines?

Editor's Note: In case you missed it, the West Coast Wine Event is happening now! We've got a limited number (less than 400 bottles in some cases) of West Coast wines available in our cellar at up to 20% off... We expect these wines to go quickly. Simply click here...

The Coca Cola Wines of Southern Napa

Contents Carneros AVA Bouchaine Estate A Wine Cocktail? You never really know pinot noir. She changes her very DNA as easily as teenagers change hairstyles, mutating incessantly. She takes lovers often and without second thought, spinning off hybrids. In one terroir...

Understanding Wine: Organic Vs. Natural Wine

What You’ll Learn Today Biodynamic Winemaking Organic Winemaking “Low Intervention” Winemaking Natural Wine The year was 1924 and Europe’s farmers had reported their soils seemed less productive, their animals less healthy. Coming after the advent of modern...

Tasting Our New West Coast Wine Collection

“Really dark... like a black hole,” Julien Miquel says while pouring a glass of Tamber Bey, one of the wines in our new West Coast Collection (2018 cabernet sauvignon from Calistoga region in Northern Napa). In his winemaking career, Julien worked all over the world,...

Basement Wine (US Wine History Pt. 2)

American wine was reborn in the basement of the Modesto Public Library in California. There, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo found old instructional guides on winemaking from the University of California. Studying these guides, they remade themselves as winemakers....

American Wine: What You Need to Know

How did America’s wine industry go from rivaling Europe to becoming almost nonexistent by the 1960s? This week we’ll revisit the history of American wine. Editor's Note: If you missed our "wine of the week" email, we have two very unique Argentine wines available......

Napoleon III, A Wine Marketing Genius

With the Wine Explorer out this week, we’ll revisit a classic essay from last year, about Napoleon III, the greatest wine marketer of all time. Speaking of France... a 90pt fruity, organic wine from the historic Cabardès region... an old vine Rhône Red from a...

“Gray” Wines of Languedoc Revisited

For those unfamiliar with the gris de gris, it’s one of the more rare wine styles. Untouched, as of yet, by the industry’s hype machine (which is still focused on orange wine and “all-day rosé”), gris de gris is of tremendous value for the lively, “exuberant”...

The Verdict on Clairet

Finally, it arrived – a bottle of clear, ruby liquid... clairet. If you’ll remember from a couple weeks ago, clairet is a type of Bordeaux, the last vestige of the original Bordeaux style. In the Middle Ages, Bordeaux was a light, quaffable wine somewhere between a...

The wine we love to hate

Regular readers might accuse us of saying some hurtful things about chardonnay – that buttery oak syrup of a wine so often found in cheap magnums on the kitchen counters of the quietly desperate. But really, we like chardonnay. At least some chardonnay. Okay, so maybe...

Aladdin’s Wine (a claret explainer)

The poet Keats said of ‘claret’ that it did not, like other wines, “assault the cerebral apartments,” “but rather walks like Aladdin about his enchanted palace, so gently you do not feel his step.” A century and two-thirds later, advertising genius David Ogilvy...

“a Michelin star wine” (Your French Tasting w/ Julien)

“Feels like a wine you’ll find in a Michelin-starred restaurant” says Julien Miquel of our Domaine Aléofane 2019. In case you haven’t yet received your French Collection, Aléofane comes to us from the village of Crozes-Hermitage, which sits on a terraced vine hillside...

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