Wine trends that will shape how we drink in 2019

As we listen to what our winemaking friends are telling us and the people who buy and drink wine are talking about, we put our heads together, looked into the crystal ball, spun the amulet and looked into the infinite outcomes of the year and have determined that these are the wine trends that will shape how we drink in 2019. At least we think so, nobody is perfect.

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Our favorite wines of 2018 - The American Edition

Truly great wines are the wines that you will remember for a lifetime. They stand out, they make you feel better, and they have a way of making moments in your life more special. These are some of the wines that have stood out to us as the truly great wines; our favorite wines of 2018.

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You need this wine in your life - David and Nadia Pinotage

This was a look ahead to what South Africa can really do. The David and Nadia Pinotage had instantly become a wine I needed in my life, and you need it too.

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You need this wine in your life: Raventos i Blanc de Nit

What do people think, that I’m a snob who just drinks Champagne all the time? I don’t. I just don’t have the budget for it.  And besides, I recently found something that blows Champagne right out of the fucking water. 

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The Best Wines for Thanksgiving 2018 - Interesting New Wave Alternatives

You could do straight forward pinot noir and chardonnay for Thanksgiving. OR! You could do something different, rad, and awesome. Try a wine from off the beaten path that will blow make this a turkey day to remember.

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The Best Wines for Thanksgiving 2018 - The Classics!

Thanksgiving is all about family and tradition, and what is wrong with tradition? These amazing wines have long been the perfect pairing to this annual feast, and with good reason! We also believe that as an American holiday, it only makes sense that we talk about some real American classics when it comes to wine.

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You need this wine in your life: Envinate Albahra

Through the masterful minds and hands of Envinate we are introduced to two grapes and a place that has been hiding in plain site. This wine, amongst many that they have crafted, is Albahra.

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You need this in your life: Occhipinti SP68 Rosso

Ariana Occhipinti has been one of the hottest winemakers in the world for almost ten years now and if you have not heard of her yet, well, we are happy to introduce you.

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America Uncovered: the wine regions in the US flying under the radar

When we talk about American wine, we usually talk about California. We also mention Washington and Oregon in the same breath, but it is often forgotten that wine is made in 49 states. Yes, that includes Utah!

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Carbonic Maceration - Wine goes pop, but is it a hit or a miss?

While they can be delicious, they sometimes follow a pattern that seems a little bit too familiar, as if you are hearing a song over and over again and thinking "Wait, am I listening to this summer's massive hit, or is this last summer's massive hit? Is that Pharell? Again?" Fear not though, there are still a few good artists...I mean winemakers...who are doing some great things with carbonic maceration and making it an art form that can be the foundation for some truly exciting wine.

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American wines missed the point. A new generation of winemakers gets it though!

Wine is a different beast in this country. It is a massive industry, dominated by great barons of viticulture like Mondavi, EJ Gallo, and Constellation. They make brands, not wine. They create products to be consumed, not art to be loved.

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Dear Cabernet Sauvignon: I love to hate you, and yet I hate that I love you

Stag’s Leap Artemis is a wine I would seldom, if ever but for myself. I’m not really a big Cab Sav kind of guy. At times I have even stretched so far as to say I was “over” California’s most well known varietal. I was wrong…

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The glories of ultra light-bodied red wines - Your new go-to wines

You can chill them, drink them at a barbecue, or crush them on the porch. They refresh, they excite, and they are way more interesting than rosé.

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Are we ever going to Fall in love with orange wine?

In the past few years since I started drinking and appreciating it, I begin to wander if we will ever “Fall” in love with orange wine? Orange wine has the charm, it has the character, and the color makes it a dead ringer for your seasonal harvest spread, but will it ever capture our imagination in the same way that other wines do?

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There has never been a better time to try a (obscure) new wine!

I think we should just call them..ok now bear with me for a second because I'm going to sound a little crazy... "grapes" and "wines". Whoa! Somewhere some writer for a stuffy old wine magazine just got a nosebleed, but I think its time to stop calling these wines obscure. Let's just call them what they are, delicious!

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What the F*** is Frizzante?

What is a Frizzante wine? You might see this in a few places but not really understand what it means. The term frizzante is generally used in Italian wine to describe a wine’s effervescence, or how much it sparkles.

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Wines that Rock: Saint Laurent - A high fashion take on wine

Saint Laurent wines are easy to drink, refreshing, but also have this refined and sophisticated quality that just seems to put them on a whole new level.

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The hottest white wines of the summer

Its as though summer was made for white wines, or maybe white wines were the genius invention of a winemaker who ached for his favorite grapes to quench his thirst on a hot day. You just cannot deny that summer and white wine make for the perfect pairing.

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The resurrection of California’s lost vineyards and grapes

More often than not, when I am listening to this music I am drinking wines made by new, modern producers in the new world. Their stories seemed to run similar courses. These new winemakers, these young upstarts, are doing something very different to anything that has come in the last 40 or so years since the Judgment of Paris and Robert Parker’s influential shift of the entire industry. They are going back to a point in time and where everybody turned right and kept going, instead now they are turning left. 

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The hottest red wines you need to drink this summer

Its hot out, and those stuffy wine fools are trying to get you to put away your Syrah's and your Cabernets in favor of blushes of pink and crisp white wines. We know you though, you almost exclusively drink red wine don't you?

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