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Top 3 Bookings For This Weekend!

Top 3 Bookings For This Weekend!

From San Francisco to Napa Highlighted Booking: Napa Valley Winery Tour Venture out of San Francisco to the famous vineyards of Napa Valley. Do you prefer boutique wineries or big-name brands? Or perhaps a mix of the two? Do you have a must-see winery on your list? Our San Francisco to Napa Tour can offer … Continue reading

The Secret of How White Wine is Made

The Secret of How White Wine is Made

Here is a shocker:  White wine is made from white grapes.  (There is an exception.  Black grapes may be used if they’re not crushed and are pressed immediately.) After the sediment in the juice has settled, fermentation follows.  The exact temperature and time varies with the style of wine being made. First, the grapes have … Continue reading

The Best Place to Store Nice Wine

The Best Place to Store Nice Wine

  An environment that gives a constant temperature is the most crucial factor for keeping your wine in great shape.  A cave is perfect.  Fluctuations in temperature can harm wine.  Taking out a nice bottle for company and realizing its gone south is a disappointment, to say the least.

The Secret of Making Red Wine

The Secret of Making Red Wine

The whole process of making red wine is similar to that of making white wine—but maybe a little more complicated.  Here is how it is differs:  The grape skins are kept in constant contact with the fermenting juice.  This gives a much greater depth of flavor and color.  Fermentation, lasting from 10 – 30 days, … Continue reading

How Many Grapes are in a Glass of Wine?

How Many Grapes are in a Glass of Wine?

This is like guessing how many jelly beans are in a jar.  10,000 grapes in a glass of wine?  1,000? 7? The Sonoma County Grape Growers Association has, quite handily, worked it all out for us.  What would we do without associations? Okay, here goes. An average vineyard yields about 5 tons, or 10,000 pounds, … Continue reading

Wine and Food, the Perfect Pairing

Wine and Food, the Perfect Pairing

  Food and wine is like a good marriage.  The best of both complement each other and one does not overpower.  Ask for advice, but don’t be a slave to the experts.  Drink what you prefer with which foods.  That being said, here is a general guide:

Keeping Wine Around the House

Keeping Wine Around the House

Store your wine horizontally, the way it is in a wine store as opposed to the supermarket.  And if you buy cases, stack them on their side.  This keeps the corks moist.  When they are moist they are fat, which means no oxidation.  Ever had a bottle that had turned?  Bleck.  These little tips will … Continue reading