Pinot Noir 101 with Ellie and Friends

Wine 101 Intro to Pinot Noir with Ellie and Friends My niece, Ellie, and a group of her friends are a couple of years out of college and are interested in learning about wine, with a normal recent graduate budget. I jumped at the chance to lead them through an exploration of Pinot Noir, keeping … Continue reading

A Safe Way, an Expert Way and a FUN Way to open a Bottle of Sparkling Wine

Open That Sparkling Wine With Confidence Opening a bottle of sparkling wine makes lots of people a bit nervous. Even wine enthusiasts are nervous when they hear about sabering, wondering if they should try. It’s not so hard, really!  Let’s go through a few basics on all the ways to open a bottle of sparkling … Continue reading

Sparkling Wine 101 – Bubbly for Every Budget

Sparkling Wine 101 The holidays are upon us, and we have lots of opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. What better time to have plenty of sparkling wine on hand. No matter your budget, there is a delicious sparkling wine for you; read on! (It’s rare to find something worthwhile for less than $10. … Continue reading

Bonterra Shows the Way with Affordable Organic/Biodynamic Wine

Is Affordable Organic Wine an Oxymoron? I associate organic agriculture / viticulture as being better for workers and better for the health of the property, but it comes at higher cost due to more labor to produce a given amount of food/grapes/wine. Many younger consumers I know are interested in a sustainable approach in the … Continue reading

French Wine 201: Affordable Bordeaux

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Wine 201 The Wine 101 series features a no-nonsense, just the facts approach to a wine region. In Wine 101, we stick to key facts plus a firm price cap of $20 per bottle. In Wine 201, we’ll go a little deeper and open up the budget a little, but just a little. Wine 201: … Continue reading

French Wine 201: Burgundy is Not Complicated

  Wine 201 – Burgundy (France) Just the Facts Burgundy is complicated, you can’t possibly understand it.  Many different whole books have been written to try to unravel the mystery. Damn the experts! Burgundy isn’t complicated. It’s perfectly logical: Grapes: Pinot Noir for red, Chardonnay for white 4 levels of officially judged quality potential due … Continue reading

Italian Wine 101: Italian Wine Intro and Chianti!

Italian Wine 101: Intro to Italian Wine and Chianti After spending a few months virtually cruising around France, you have hopefully gained some insight into affordable French wines. In case you missed France, the posts are available here. Ready for more? Let’s jump over to Italy. No time? Jump right to the Cheatsheet here: Italian … Continue reading

French Wine 101 – Beaujolais and Provençal Rosé

French Wine 101: Beaujolais &

French Wine 101: Beaujolais and Provençal Rosé As we move into the summer, you’ll need some warm weather wines to drink. Of course, white wines are a natural, so let’s add Beaujolais as a great warm weather red wine, and this is France, so it’s time to learn about rosé. Quick link to download 1 … Continue reading

French Wine 101 – Loire Valley Wines

Chinon is a beautiful Loire Valley red wine

Wine 101 Series This is one of a series of posts aimed at newcomers to wine with interest but a modest checkbook. Previous Posts Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone Affordable Bubbles- Crémant & More Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace A Few Simple Rules Just the facts, no flowery language Key types of wine from a region Some help in navigating … Continue reading

French Wine 101 – Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace

Wine 101 Series This is one of a series of posts aimed at newcomers to wine with interest but a modest checkbook. Previous Posts Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone Affordable Bubbles- Crémant & More A Few Simple Rules Just the facts, no flowery language Key types of wine from a region Some help in navigating the wine … Continue reading

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