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Good wine is not just in the taste of it.

Robert Parker Jr , the famed wine critic, has a list of 8 things that make great wines great. One line on that list states that the wine should be interesting not only to the palate but also to the intellect. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. If a wine not only tastes great ,but […]

Grüner Veltliner

Schloss Gobelsburg – A winery noted for its Grüner Veltliner and Rieslings. This particular Grüner Veltliner is amazing for the price. Clean crisp stone fruits supported by a fantastic fuller mouthfeel that coats and last for an extended time. I love this wine on the patio while talking with friends. Pair it with a fruit salad […]

Washington Wonders- Gems to be found

Washington Wines I recently had the pleasure to sit in on a Masterclass Series with Master Sommelier Matt Stamp. He just recently visited Washington State and was eager to show what gems there are to be discovered in this frontier of wine. Although dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the trend is leaning on experimenting […]

Appellation or AVA? What are these?

When you go to your local wine shop, such as The Bottle Room, you may find wines with references to places like Bordeaux , Alexander Valley, Mosel, Rioja, NAPA Valley on the labels. Where are these places and why are they on the label? Well in the OLD WORLD ,or what is considered mostly Europe, […]

Wine Wonders?

The world of wine is thousands upon thousands of years old. So it makes sense that over this time it has evolved into a seemingly complicated and mystical drink. With different grapes, styles and processes to make wine across the globe, understanding the differences can be at first glance overwhelming. Simplistically speaking wine can be […]

Craft Beer is buzzing

If you read news about the beer industry you find that overall beer sales are down, but craft beer sales are on a huge upswing. New small breweries are coming to life and those that have been in the game are expanding their operations. The American palate is craving flavor in the form of ever […]

Wine Temperature? Why do you chill my red wine?

I am often asked why we serve our red wines at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  My comical response is a reference to a saying by one of our wine reps. ” A red wine should always be served at room temperature, and the temperature of the room should be 60 degrees”. Well why is that the […]

What does “Dry” wine Mean?

Wine presents itself as a bit of a mystery. I often feel that it is this mystery that makes people hesitant to talk about it. One topic is dry wine. What does this mean? How can a wine be dry when it is made of liquid?  Well to put it simply, dry is the opposite […]

Glassware – Does it matter?

As Maximillian Riedel says, the glass is the messenger.  So does it matter who is delivering that message. I certainly think so. So many times I have gone to fine dining establishments with the intention to get a nice bottle of wine to share with the table. The wine list is superb. The bottle looks […]

Say Cheese! A Market of all Markets in France

I had the luxury to visit a quaint little place called Chateauneuf Du Pape, ever heard of it? While at our bed and breakfast stay, run by an Austrian named Andreas, we were directed to a market beyond the scale I have seen in the States. It was Isle sur la Sorgue. With it’s Venice […]

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