ARCHIVE FOR August, 2014

Fun Stuff about California’s Wine Scene


Visiting wine country doesn’t have to be all about wine…there are other fun things to see and do.  Here’s a quick round-up Continue Reading >

The numbers — what the heck do they mean?


Brix, alcohol, T.A., pH … this is wine “by the numbers” — but what do these numbers mean?  What can they tell us about the wine in the bottle? Continue Reading >

Drought Report – On the Frontlines with CWC winemakers

vineyardWherever your vineyard is located in California this year, you’re thinking about water.  Drought conditions have affected every corner of the state, one way or the other.  Northern California growers are generally in fairly good shape, given that there were helpful spring rains and ground water is typically available.  Those in the south aren’t so lucky.  For example, the Paso Robles water table is Continue Reading >

Wine Can Tell a Story — Are you listening?


There are plenty of people who enjoy wine without fanfare.  They uncork the wine, pour it and are happy if it tastes good. They’re even happy if it’s “not too bad”! Then, there’s the rest of us.  We like to know where the wine came from. Who made it?  Is it a family?  How many generations?  Why do they make wine? Did they grow the grapes themselves, or buy them?  Where are those vineyards, anyway?  In an appellation we’ve heard of?  Have they made this wine before?  Did they add other varietals to the wine, or is it a stand-alone 100% varietal?

These are stories wine tells us.  Continue Reading >

What do you get when you pay more for wine?


Well, that depends on the wine. But in an ideal world–and at The California Wine Club — our more expensive wines are handcrafted in every sense of the word. So, what do you get? Continue Reading >

Wine Dogs … Now, Wine Trucks


Dog/wine lovers have their Wine Dogs of Napa and Wine Dogs of Sonoma books. Wine Dogs of Washington, too.

Well, step aside pups … the winery trucks are rolling in.

Wine Country Trucks of Napa & Sonoma Counties by Lisa A. Harris offers truly gorgeous photos of vintage trucks, working or not, at a variety of wineries.  And delightful commentary about each one. Continue Reading >

What Makes A Great Sparkling Wine?


That’s easy.  Methode champenoise, the incredibly labor intensive, time-consuming, traditional French technique for making fine Champagne.  Among many other steps, this involves a second fermentation and at least three to five years aging in the bottle before the final steps of wine making. Continue Reading >

4 Ways to Introduce Newbies to Wine


So, your brother in-law drinks beer. ONLY beer.  Always has and always will, he says.  Can you lure him to the dark (red wine) side?  Maybe not.  However, here are a few strategies that might encourage someone new to wine to try a sip…or 2 or 3. Continue Reading >

Don’t Forget Temecula!


With almost all of California’s vineyards up in the northern end of the state, it’s easy to forget what’s happening wine-wise in Southern California.  It’s easy to forget Temecula.

This vibrant wine region is just an hour north of San Diego, and it has the balmy Mediterranean climate so perfect for Rhone varietals.  You might think it would be too hot for decent grape growing, but there are several factors that make its climate moderate.  Two gaps in the coastal mountains allow cool, moist marine air to drift in.   Also, situated at 1,500 to 2,500 feet above sea level, Temecula is surrounded by mountains ranging from 2,000 to 11,000 feet high. Cold air collects between the peaks and flows down into the valley at night, setting the stage for great acidity in Temecula’s wines.

If you’re thinking of visiting, Continue Reading >

Test Your Wine ‘n Food Pairing Savvy


Are you a quaffer? One of those people who drink wine just by itself?  Or are you a foodie?  A person who finds delight in pairing wine with food? Here’s a quiz we hope will entertain all types of wine and food lovers. Continue Reading >