Nebbiolo: Out of the Mist

May 29, 2014 -

The grape name Nebbiolo comes from the Latin word nebula and Italian word nebbia, which mean cloudy or foggy. This is where we get such words as nebulous. Nebbiolo is thus named because the grapes in Piemonte are typically harvested in late Fall, when a dense fog often sets in off the Italian/Swiss alps and engulfs the Piemonte area […]


Light Bodied Food and Wine

May 28, 2014 -

It’s officially summer. As days get longer and the sun gets stronger, people tend to drink more white, rosé, and lighter bodied reds. This is generally because we switch to lighter bodied foods, which call for lighter bodied wines. The most important rule in wine and food pairing is to match the body of the […]


Just Perfect: Sun and Sangiovese

May 23, 2014 -

Sangiovese is grown all over the world, but has never become as famous and noble as it is in Tuscany. Attempts have been made in California to create world-class Sangiovese, but to no real success. It’s hard to pinpoint why Sangiovese performs so well in Tuscany. The soil in most Tuscan wine regions is particularly […]


Siciliana by the Sea

May 22, 2014 -

The island of Sicily has more vineyard area than any other region in Italy. It’s also a very diverse growing region: mountainous in its center, and sloping down to salt flats at the sea. This diversity creates many different climate types and vineyard expressions. Siciliana is made from Nero d’Avola grown in both the inner, […]


Curious Fact of the Day: Aragon

May 21, 2014 -

Aragon is a region in the northeast of Spain, between Barcelona and Madrid. There are 4 Denominaciónes de Origen in the region: Cariñena (Car-een-yay-nuh); Somontano (So-moan-tah-no); Campo de Borja (Kamp-oh-day-Bor-hah); and Calatayud (Kal-uh-tie-yood). This area is the ancient origin of Garnacha—known as Grenache in France and elsewhere. Bodegas Langa was the very first bonded winery in Calatayud, […]