Wine History

December 11, 2015

Washington State Wine

  Washington State Vineyards   The first commercial-scale plantings began in the 1960s. The rapid expansion of the industry in the mid ‘70s is now rivaled by today’s breakneck pace, where a new winery opens nearly every 30 days.   […]
February 10, 2016


Traditional flat bottomed boats were used to transport wine from the Douro vineyards to Porto.   Invented in the 18th century, the Rabelo boat was once used to transport barrels of port wine from the vineyards of the Douro Valley. […]
February 22, 2016

Oak Barrells

The Oak Barrel and Wine A barrel, cask, or tun is a hollow cylindrical container, traditionally made of wooden staves bound by wooden or metal hoops. Modern wooden barrels for wine-making are either made of French common oak (Quercus robur) […]
February 29, 2016

History of Wine

The Origins of Wine   Nobody knows who “invented” wine. Its discovery was probably accidental. After the harvest, some grapes were left in a container over the winter and the natural yeasts and sugars converted the juice into wine.   The […]
March 7, 2016

Peter Mondavi Sr RIP

Peter Mondavi Sr. 1915-2016   Peter Modavi Sr. who, with his brother Robert, made the Charles Krug winery an early leader in the Napa Valley’s rise to become world renown wine region, died on Saturday at his home in St. […]
July 7, 2016

Wine Bottle Shapes

Meaning of Wine Bottle Sizes and Shapes   A wine bottle is a bottle used for holding wine, generally made of glass. Some wines are fermented in the bottle, others are bottled only after fermentation.    Traditionally, wine is sold […]
January 21, 2017

Wine and the Bible

John 2: Turning Water Into Wine The Gospel of John tells an interesting story near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry: He went to a wedding and turned water into wine. Several aspects of this story make it unusual:   It […]
February 7, 2017

Noble Wine Grapes

  What is a Noble Grape   Why is it important to know about them and what kind of wine do they produce?   “Noble grapes”, a term used to describe the international variety of grapes that are recognized for […]
February 23, 2017

Wine Gods

  The Wine Gods   Dionysos (Roman name: Bacchus) was the ancient Greek god of wine, merriment, and theatre. Being the bad boy of Mt. Olympus, he was perhaps the most colourful of the Olympian Gods.   HOMER DESCRIBES THE […]