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The Truth About Organic Wine

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People today are more curious than ever about what exactly goes into their food. And those who are looking for the “healthiest” food often choose the organic product, because it is free of chemicals, pesticides and often, additives.

The same goes for wine. Wine lovers wanting to “drink green” will reach for an organic wine. However, a few caveats are in order.

First, like all wines, organic wines usually have additives. These can include egg whites or animal enzymes, so vegans be warned.

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From Seed to Grape to Glass: The Vineyard (Part 1)

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What’s involved in bringing a wine from grape to glass? You could write a book (as some have) about the process and still not tell the full story of transformation of seed, soil, vine, and grapes into that elixir we know as wine.

 

The starting point is of course the vineyard. As every winemaker will tell you, wine is made in the vineyard. What happens in the vineyard determines what the grapes will taste like and that is the soul of the wine itself. It’s all about terroir, that French term that means the whole environment embracing the vines — the soil, breezes, rain, day and nighttime temperatures, angle of the sun–everything that influences them.

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Explore Your Palate: Mediterranean Pan Pizza vs. Pumpkin Pizza with Wine Pairings

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Part of our mission as the most loved wine club is to help you discover new wineries, new wine varietals and new wine regions.  When it comes to wine, trying different varietals and discovering new styles can help you determine what characteristics you most enjoy.

The same is true for food.  In our Explore Your Palate series, we challenge you to a tasting adventure featuring contrasting recipes and wine pairings.

This week try pizza two ways—one is a trip to sunny climes with salty olives and anchovies and the other is almost a savory tart featuring sweet, delicious pumpkin.

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How-To Store Wine Properly

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How you store your wines can significantly change what you taste in your glass. Whether you are storing wine for a few months or a few decades, there are some basic rules to help prevent wines from aging prematurely.

In this short video, “How-to Store Wine Properly,” we’ll cover humidity level, temperatures, location and discuss storing cork versus screwcap bottles. You’ll get some easy tips to help keep your wines in perfect condition.

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21 Must-Do Insider Stops in California Wine Country

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This month, our Uncorked feature is “Insider Wine Stops” — those California wine country places favored by seasoned wine tourists, winemakers, wine industry figures and locals.

Here is that feature, along with 8 more places the insiders go.

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Time Saving Tips from Wine Moms

With Mother’s Day approaching, we asked some busy wine moms for their best every day time-saving tips.

Meghan McGrath, mom of 5-year-old
Winemaker, Lucas & Lewellen Winery, Santa Barbara
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“Eating out is a time saver. Here in Santa Barbara, there a many new, hip, locavore type places to buy great fruit. I’ll stop by our local 70-year old organic farm and orchard and pick up kale, carrots. I’ll cook up roasted yams with garlic butter. I often make veggies the star of the meal. I get confused about what to cook for protein–sometimes I’ll just go with beans and greens. Instead of killing myself to make something more elaborate, I save time with lots of oven baking.”

The Perfect Gift For Mother’s Day

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Wine as a gift for Mother’s Day? Seems like a no brainer plus you can get it done online and delivered to her door. You won’t regret treating Mom to handcrafted, award-winning California wines (because it ages better than flowers and it is a gift that will be shared and remembered).
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Explore Your Palate: Pasta Genovese vs Baked Ziti Recipes and Wine Pairings

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Part of our mission as the most loved wine club is to help you discover new wineries, new wine varietals and new wine regions.  When it comes to wine, trying different varietals and discovering new styles can help you determine what characteristics you most enjoy.

The same is true for food.  Over the next few weeks, we will challenge you to explore your palate with a tasting adventure featuring contrasting recipes and wine pairings.

Here are two delicious Italian versions of pasta that are wildly different.  Try both and see what you prefer.  You may wind up with two new favorites!

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TIGER BY THE TAIL AT GNEKOW FAMILY WINERY

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Brothers Rudy and Sean Gnekow, founders of Gnekow Family Winery near Lodi, have a tiger by the tail with their Campus Oaks wines. The wine that roars loudest is their Campus Oaks Old Vine Zinfandel.

How loud does it roar?

Well, their 2011 Campus Oaks Old Vine Zin, now featured in our Premier Series wine club, earned a whopping 95 points and Gold Medal at the California State Fair, beating out big competitors like Gnarly Head, 7 Deadly Zins and Bogle.

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Upcoming Wine Country Events & Festivals (April – June)

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Wine regions and wineries are luring you to pleasure as wine country heats up with visitors. Commune with your inner winemaker at Castoro Cellars’ “make your own dam fine wine” or rock on with “Bottlerock” in Napa Valley. Go from googling the glitteratti at the Napa Wine Auction to having dinner with Louie Lucas and Royce Lewellen, two of the most engaging winery founders we know. There’s something for everyone in California wine country! Here’s a quick glance at some upcoming events. Be sure to check our full listing of wine country festivals and events.

 

April 4
Thomas Henry Wines (Meadowcroft), Sonoma
Stump the Winemaker Series – Part 1
12-3pm
Have questions that you would like answered about different wine making processes, the wine business, etc.? Must be 21 or older to participate. Class size limited to 12 adults. Fee: $25 per person.

 

April 9-12, Pebble Beach Food & Wine – 4 days for epicures in Monterey’s gorgeous Pebble Beach. 60 chefs, 250 wineries, cooking demonstrations.

http://www.seemonterey.com/events

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