Wine History

June 5, 2015

Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

We say a sad farewell to “The Greatest”. An Olympic Gold Medal winner, three time Heavyweight Champ, the greatest athlete of all time, Muhammad Ali.     Few of us can say we live our lives without compromise, not afraid […]
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

Rabelos

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 28, 2016

Champagne Basics

  Champagne the wine worthy of Kings.   Champagne is a region of natural beauty. The name derives from the Latin ‘campus’, ‘campania’ or field. In Old French this became ‘Champaign’, today, Champagne.   What is the difference between Champange […]
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 5, 2017

What is Wine ?

  Wine is a naturally occurring miracle.   Wine is a fermented beverage that occurs in nature when yeast cells come in contact with ripe, sugarladen fruit juice.   When the skin of a grape is crushed, yeast cells in […]