Cool climates making cool wines: How cool climates and high elevations became the hottest trend in wine

One thing I have noticed from winemakers to wine writers, and now wine drinkers, seems to be that everybody is hot for cool climate wines. So why is everybody talking about cooler climates? And what does it do for me?

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Unforgettable: Irresistible red wines to drink this spring!

Oh Spring, where have you been! It feels like we have been waiting so long to see the flowers bloom and the birds sing. The air is filled with endless possibilities, good vibes, and just a hint of floral driven allergies. Spring just also feels like the perfect season for drinking irresistable red wines from all over the body spectrum.

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Time to step up your Rose game this Spring!

Yes Rose is awesome, but its time you stepped up our Rose game this spring. Here's how.

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Fight back! Time for small wineries to embrace the term "craft wine"

The time is right for wineries for to start embracing the term "craft wine." With everything happening in the drinks business, the general shift in consumer tastes, and the cultural shift as a whole, embracing the moniker of a craft winery is a perfect opportunity for small wineries to set themselves apart from the big brands, and big companies who dominate the industry. So what are we waiting for, and why is this not a thing?

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What the F*** is unfined and unfiltered wine?

Simply put any unfined and unfiltered wine is a wine that has not gone through fining and filtration. The result is often a wine that looks cloudy as opposed to a translucent liquid we often associate it with. But does that mean it is any better? Or is this just a hot trend in natural wine?

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Drinking craft wines from America's small wineries is one of life's greatest pleasures

Have you ever sat and thought about what are the simple pleasures that keep your spirits lifted? To me one of life's greatest simple pleasures is to drink craft wine from some of the small wineries across America. 

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Can we all just agree to drink more Riesling? 5 Reasons Riesling should be your go-to white wine!

Let's all agree that in 2018 we need to drink more Riesling, enjoy more Riesling, and finally give this wine the credit it deserves!

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Spring forward with these glorious aromatic white wines!

There is no better accompaniment, no better pairing for your spring flings than a glorious, aromatic white wine. What could be better for the bright, floral aromas of the day than a bright, floral white wine?

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What the F*** is the difference between dry, off-dry, and sweet wines?

Would the opposite of a dry wine be a wet wine? Can wine be considered wet? If you are a complete novice to wine this question makes perfect sense! But the answer is, the opposite of a dry wine is a sweet wine. So what are the differences between dry and sweet wines? Thats a great question!

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Hipster wines part deux! How to look cool when drinking and talking about wine

We realized there is something more to being a wine hipster in 2018. Its about what you say, and what you are doing as much as it is about what you are drinking. So here are some key things to remember when you want to look cool drinking wine.

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Why descriptors like masculine and feminine are really outdated

Hello! This is 2018! Are you still assuming that wine's gender? Not to sound like a super woke social justice warrior, but terms like masculine and feminine are two of the worst wine descriptors we have ever heard of.

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The truly exceptional wines that lie on the cusp between medium and full bodied

Wine is not so black and white, or if you prefer, red and white. We try so hard to help people make choices by neatly fitting wines into categories like full bodied, medium bodied, and light bodied. While this can be a great starting point to finding the right wine for the moment, we often fail to see the nuances.

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Rare, mouthwatering medium bodied red wines that will make you swoon

There is a whole world of mouthwatering medium body red wines out there. We are looking a a few rarer varietals that will make you swoon.

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Gewurtztraminer is a rare noble wine in hiding, waiting to be discovered

Hiding behind that Teutonic name is a beautiful, aromatic white wine waiting to be discovered.

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What the F*** are the noble grapes?

What makes a grape noble? One thing we can be certain about is that the noble grapes are the most prevalent grapes grown in the world, and they have inspired winemakers in their global pursuit for great wine. Not only have they captured the imagination of winemakers but they have captured the hearts of wine drinkers around the world

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Will the retail apocalypse hit the wine business (being prepared may not be a bad thing)

All around the world there are signs of an impending retail apocalypse. Seemingly no industry is out of the reach of this doom as more and more businesses shift away from physical retail stores and instead focus on online sales while ramping up their distribution networks. It got me thinking, is the wine industry going to face a similar fate? Or will it be able to survive? 

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How to drink wine like a NBA Superstar (without having to improve your jump shot)

Far from just indulging themselves in expensive bottles, these gentlemen of basketball have become real wine lovers who can pull apart the secrets of red wine blends as effortlessly as they can hit a game winning three pointer. So it got us thinking, how do you drink wine like a NBA superstar and become just as cool as they are?

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Sam Bilbro and Idlewild Wine | A singular, extraordinary experience of Piedmont in California

He listens to David Bowie while he sits amongst his barrels of wine after a full day of work, taking stock as the spectacular quietly ferments in each barrel. You have to ask, how did it all begin? (photo credit Erik Castro)

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Did you know Portland was more than just Pinot? It could be the coolest wine city in the US!

Portland, Oregon might just be the coolest city for wine in the United States!

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The next frontier of direct wine sales is online (and here's how to dominate it!)

We know that online sales are going to be crucial in the not so distant future, especially given business, economic, and cultural shifts in the industry. But for some reason the industry is still shy and in the dark compared to other industries. 

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