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How Wine Clubs Work

June 16, 2016 4:07 am Published by

Wine clubs of Napa Valley Wine clubs are an established part of the traditions of California wine. If you’re not familiar with them, they work like book-of-the-month clubs. You buy a certain number of bottles a year, and the club delivers them to your door. You get discounts and other benefits, such as information on the wine and the best foods to pair it with. There shouldn’t be any cost to join, and you should be able to cancel at any time. The most exclusive wine clubs are able to find quality lesser-known wines and bring them to members who... View Article

Visit Napa Valley wineries

June 9, 2016 1:31 pm Published by

Visiting Napa wineries The Napa wineries are something every wine lover should see at some point in his or her life. Every step of the winemaking process, from the crushing of the grapes to the bottling of the wine, is carried out at the winery. Learning about this work from the people who do it for a living will deepen your appreciation of the ancient art of viticulture. If you’re going to a small winery, call ahead of time and make an appointment so they know when to expect you and have someone there to talk to you. Many Napa... View Article

California’s Cabernet Sauvignon

June 8, 2016 1:25 pm Published by

Cabernet Sauvignon famous A classic red wine with blackcurrant, or cassis, notes and strong tannins, the California Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with any sort of red meat. There is a difference of opinion regarding what temperature it should be served at. Some recommend serving the wine at 14 to 16 degrees centigrade (57 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit) to get the full flavor, while others recommend a temperature of 18 degrees centigrade (65 degrees Fahrenheit). If you don’t have a thermometer handy, try putting the bottle in a refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving, or in an ice bucket for no... View Article

Wine Clubs Offer Cave Tours

June 2, 2016 10:28 am Published by

Wine caves of Napa Valley Caves have been used to store wine barrels for a very long time. The wine caves of Napa Valley, many of them built at the same time and by the same methods and workers as the first railroads to reach California, are famous. The air in them, humid and always cool but never freezing, is perfect for storing wine barrels for years or decades, as it minimizes the loss of wine to evaporation through the hairline gaps in the wine barrel. The vineyards that own these caves have turned them into places worthy of exploration... View Article

Barrel Tastings of St. Helena

June 1, 2016 10:24 am Published by

Wine Club One event that wine clubs like the Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards wine club are known for is the barrel tasting. A barrel tasting is a lot like other wine tastings, except that all the wines come straight from the barrel. At these events, you can taste last year’s wines at their earliest stage and try to make a guess as to how good it will be when it’s judged ready to be sold. When you’re going to a barrel tasting, the usual rules of wine-tasting functions apply. Don’t wear strong-smelling perfume or cologne, don’t act like you’re in... View Article