Oregon Wine Regions: A Guide

Oregon’s wine regions are distinct and diverse, with much more to offer than just Pinot Noir. Although I think we can all agree that Oregon Pinot Noir is hard to beat. Oregon is typically associated with Pinot Noir because it equates to over 60% of their production, followed by Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Willamette Valley, Oregon’s largest wine region, is often compared to Burgundy, France as it has similar soils and climate. Millions of years of floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions have

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Knowing your intentions allows you to chart your course in both your personal and professional life. Northwest Cellars has humbly received a Corporate Citizenship Award by placing in the top 75 Largest Corporate Philanthropists in Washington State for the last six years in a row. Puget Sound Business Journal has noted that these seventy-five companies gave a combined amount of $169.3 million in 2018 alone. Northwest Cellars stands alone as the only winery on the list. Get to Know Northwest Ce

Wine 101: New Latitude Wines, Low Latitude Wines, High Latitude Wines

Previously, wine regions were part of one of two categories. Old World or New World wines. There are many differences between the two. However, there is now a third category called New Latitude wine regions. This includes parts of Asia, southern United States, northern Africa, as well as part of northern South America. Old World and New World wine regions To begin, let’s define the old world and new world wines. Old world wines are from wine regions where winemaking and wine grapes first origi

Wine 101: Learn How to Taste Wine, Wine Tasting Tips

How to taste wine and train your palate You don’t have to be a Master Sommelier to be able to distinguish the varietal and style of wine you are drinking. It just takes practice. While each varietal and region have specific characters that they give each wine, learning how to properly taste wine will give yourself a foundation to further increase your wine knowledge. Breaking down the tasting into steps will allow you to fully evaluate and appreciate the wine. These tools stay the same whether

Wine 101: The 9 Primary Styles of Wine

There is a style of wine for every taste. Wine has many forms and many styles. Light to full-bodied, aromatic, bone dry to sweet, white to red, sparkling, flat, fortified. Here are the 9 primary styles of wine… No special occasion necessary to enjoy your favorite bubbly drink. Sparkling wine can be made out of any wine grape. The two most popular types of sparkling wine are Champagne and Prosecco. Any variety of grape can be used to make sparkling wines. It is common to use Pinot Noir and Cha

Costières de Nimes: France’s "Lost" Wine Region Makes a Comeback

An expert sommelier shares what’s new from this off-the-beaten-path French wine region Costières de Nimes… never heard of it? You’re not alone. Most people don’t know about this little abandoned wine region of France, but it shouldn’t be considered “new.” Costières de Nimes, located in the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley, has been around longer than France herself, although its wine is just now starting to get people’s attention. Until its AOC adoption in 1989, it was once considered part

Using a Wine’s Story to Sell on Premise

We all have an inert desire to connect. Nowadays, those needs are being met less frequently in an instant gratification and expendable consumer market. Luckily, wine is one of the industries that still allows consumers to intimately connect with the product. I believe this is because wine has a long cultural history. Wine has been a family business across the world for hundreds of years. Most wineries are still family-owned and have important connections with their communities. Wine is more than

Rachel Martin and : Making a Difference.

Learn more about this unique premium wine and the woman leading the change. Oceano Wines makes giving back one of the pillars of their business. Rachel is well-suited for the wine industry lifestyle and possesses the commitment needed to build an award-winning winery from scratch. She began her career at the inception of Boxwood Estate Winery in Virginia in 2005 as the Executive Vice President of Winery Operations. From there Rachel followed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Mus

How to Choose Wine During a Business Class Flight

Airlines have been stepping up their game in recent years by putting in an effort to provide business class flyers with a larger and higher quality wine menu. There are countless tips to avoid jet lag and the usual travel blues, but the only one that really is: enjoy your trip! The best way to enjoy your flight is to sip on a glass of fine wine from 35,000 feet up. For some, choosing wines can be an intimidating task. My advice: don’t overthink it. The joys of trying new wines, especially from

Countries Famous for Wine

So much wine…so little time. For the most part, the level of wine production for a country correlates with its history, amount of viable land, and its popularity…because someone has to drink the wine right? The top 10 wine producing regions have generally stayed the same for some time now. There is some flip-flopping, most notably between Italy and France for the top spot. This can happen due to fluctuations in harvest yields or from the effects of frost or disease. Some of these countries ha

Gamay: The Other Light Red Wine

Gamay is the often forgot about little brother (cousin, actually) of Pinot Noir. While it is hard to pinpoint exactly when this grape began to be cultivated for winemaking, viticulturists are thinking it was centuries after Pinot Noir. Gamay is often deemed as the white wine lover’s favorite red wine. And for good reason. This light-bodied charismatic red wine is a hit with fish dishes, creamy alfredo, or roasted chicken. Okay, so 95% of the world’s Gamay is grown in France. Surprisingly, Swit

Rombauer Vineyards

Born in 1980, Rombauer Vineyards is still family owned and thriving 39 years later in St. Helena, California. The company focuses on tradition and consistency. Combining Old World winemaking practices with New World additions like optical sorters, Rombauer is able to produce consistent and classic wines. Six Estate Vineyards and six additional vineyards designated solely to Zinfandel, the team is able to be hands-on in the growing process year-round. They use a micro-farming technique that mean

Best Sommelier Courses

The wine industry (along with beer & spirits), is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The demand for professionally educated staff is rapidly increasing. The wine industry is formed by a group of diverse, educated, and highly devoted people. It is not uncommon for people to think they get paid to sit around and drink wine all day, even travel to drink wine; however that is just one small perk of the job. The wine industry is made up of winemakers and cellar assistants, viticulture

Which is Better: Napa or Sonoma?

Napa Valley AVA and Sonoma Valley AVA bring in over 10 million tourists each year between the two of them. For decades Napa Valley’s prestigious award-winning wines have drawn in connoisseurs and wine professionals looking to experience some of America’s best wines, while Sonoma Valley spreads across more land and showcases to consumers exceptional premium wines in a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Which Is Napa or Sonoma better? The answer is probably neither and depends entirely on what y
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