What do Wine “Legs” Indicate?

What are the "Legs" in Wine? Legs? Love 'em! Wine Legs? The thought may conjure up the image of a sea of men in tuxedos, sipping and swirling the finest of wines, and concluding that yes indeed, "The wine is deep and pronounced with incredible legs," as they all concur, "Yes, indubitably." Fancy wine speak and flowery terms such as "wine legs" are ...

Which of Your Wines are Worthy of Cellaring?

ARE YOUR BOTTLES OF WINE WORTH CELLARING? Should you be cellaring and saving your wine? You might be surprised to know that age worthy wines are not common. Most wine (as much as 99% produced) is meant to be enjoyed young. Only a tiny fraction is designed to stand up and improve with aging. So if most wines should be enjoyed young, what ...

What is Rhone? A Region, a Grape or a Wine?

WHAT DOES RHONE WINE REFER TO? Maybe you have heard this in a tasting room somewhere on the Central Coast, "We specialize in the Rhones." Let's be honest, does that word mean anything to you? If not, we are here to help. If you guessed region, you are correct! Rhone refers to the warm and sunny Rhone Valley in Southeastern ...

What is Malolactic Fermentation?

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION - NOT AS COMPLICATED AS IT SOUNDS Remember learning about tannin? Likely, the second most common term that savvy wine drinkers like to use is Malolactic Fermentation. Malo-what? If this word has stopped you in your tracks, read on. Malo or MLF are both nicknames for Malolactic Fermentation. It is a natural process that occurs when a certain natural ...

Improve Your Ability to Identify Wine Aromas

IMPROVING YOUR SENSE OF SCENTS Do you ever go wine tasting and wonder why everyone smells aromas in wine and you don't? We've all have that friend. "Oh, this is delicious! I'm getting pineapple - but I would say more cooked than fresh, like the crust of an upside-down cake." So, you just nod and smile while casually looking for ...

Why Smell a Wine Before you Taste?

SMELLING WINE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF TASTING Why smell a wine before you taste? The simple answer is because it will enhance the experience. Would you believe it is the most important part of wine tasting? We can only perceive 4 or 5 flavors, but the average person can identify over 2,000 scents, 200 of which can be ...

What are Tannins? Learn in Two Minutes

DON'T LET THE TOPIC OF TANNIN RUIN YOUR TASTING Classic scenario - you're out wine tasting and having a great time with your friends. You are swirling, smelling, sipping and chatting when someone has to ruin the moment by mentioning tannin. Immediately the group is divided and your confidence in talking about wine is gone. Are you ready to be ...

Why do Winemakers Foot Tread Grapes?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT FOOT TREADING GRAPES? It's one of our favorite things to talk about at the winery, but the purpose is often misunderstood and the ancient practice near extinction. This article will answer all of your questions about this superior method of winemaking. Winemaker Angela foot treads (also called pigéage) every lot of grapes that arrive at ...