Celebrating National Wine Day

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Celebrating National Wine Day

The good things in life are worth celebrating. Don’t you agree?

So, when something brings people together, bolsters the economies of states and communities, inspires art, transcends history and is just really, really tasty, it deserves a day all to itself. On May 25, from Atlantic to Pacific, we celebrate National Wine Day.

As your resident wine fanatics, we’ve got some fantastic ways for you to celebrate, starting with expanding your wine horizons. And, if you're keeping it simple, just pour a glass of your favorite wine on May 25 to participate in National Wine Day

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Novel Wine Concepts

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Novel Wine Concepts

Confession time.

It's nothing to be ashamed of that you might know the standard size of a bottle of wine in both milliliters and ounces. For the record, it’s 750mL and approximately 25 fluid ounces. You might also like popsicles because you literally can’t have enough sugar in this life. and when it comes to summer heat, only icy treats will do.

Lately, I’ve been pleased to learn that each of my neuroses comes with some upsides that just so happen to include wine. Mind if I tell you about them?

Lately, I’ve been pleased to learn that each of my neuroses comes with some upsides that just so happen to include wine. Mind if I tell you about them?

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Mimosa Must-Try Recipes

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Mimosa Must-Try Recipes

What Women Really Want On Mother's Day or Any Day ...

"I want to brunch like it's my job and sip mimosas all day long ..." 

Wondering how to make a mimosa this Mother's Day that will continue to surprise mom? We've curated our favorites to keep the day interesting.  

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Sipping With The Stars

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Sipping With The Stars

Scarcely a day goes by in LA where you don’t come upon someone at least on the B-List (or at least someone who’s been in a minor commercial, at least on their local hometown cable channel, somewhere in rural Idaho). Nevertheless, the stars are the trendsetters and living attractions in the City of Angels.

The posh among us are inspiring for a number of reasons, not the least among which is their ability to access and enjoy some of the hippest and most exclusive clothes, cars, accessories and, yes, wine.

Always aspiring to elevate our style, we cast our eyes to the stars to see what they’re doing, and what they’re drinking while doing it.

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Benefits of Using Red Wine For Skin and Beauty Care

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Benefits of Using Red Wine For Skin and Beauty Care

Wine In Beauty

While it’s not so apparent on the big screen, both of them are right. Wine is full of antioxidants, including resveratrol, whose benefits are lauded by the medical community. But, it takes concentration to make a difference, and cosmetics companies in the business of finding nature’s next fountain of youth are harnessing these qualities.

So what exactly are skincare companies looking at when they go to the vine for cosmetic design? These two potent ingredients give us some hints.

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The Pinot Noir-beque Pulled Pork Sandwich

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The Pinot Noir-beque Pulled Pork Sandwich

Spring has sprung and with the heat those wines that warmed you during the winter need a more practical use. We’ve got an ingenious way to keep red wine around, and it involves some of the tastiest American foodstuffs out there.

For this recipe, we’re recommending a merlot, cabernet or dry pinot noir with plum and vanilla notes, but also some spice.

The Ultimate Pinot Noir-beque Pulled Pork Sandwich

Read on for the recipe...

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Know Your Wine Trivia

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Know Your Wine Trivia

One of life’s most pleasant surprises is arriving at your favorite watering hole only to realize it’s trivia night. You quickly assemble with your friends, come up with some team name that is vaguely reminiscent of the band you almost started in high school.

Inevitably, the first question lulls you into a false sense of security, and within a round or two, the questions have grown so obscure, that unless your team contains a pop culture columnist, a rocket scientist, a historian and an ESPN commentator, you’re struggling a little bit.

As your resident friends in viniculture, it’s our duty to ensure that whenever a question comes up about wine, you have some facts in your back pocket that will make you the trivia MVP.

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The Wine Lover's Wardrobe

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The Wine Lover's Wardrobe

Looking for a wardrobe refresh this spring? Dress it up or dress it down with style that says, “Yes, I love wine” or "Sip Sip Rosé," Whether you’re looking for a new workout tee to wear for a sporty day outdoors running errands or something punchy to coordinate with a blazer for a GNO, these curated finds are great addition to the wine-lover’s wardrobe.

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Wine Picnic Tips 

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Wine Picnic Tips 

Springtime rarely gets credit for being a season fit for romance. The extra vitamin D coupled with longer days for adventure and fresh new blooms speaks of possibility. Even those who would always opt for indoors can’t help but be tempted by the warmth of spring. 

West coast spring is a particularly enchanting time, when parks and seashores beckon friends and “more-than-friends” alike to enjoy an enduring and increasingly posh tradition: the picnic (with wine, of course).

The picnic has its origins in the late 17th century, and emerged from something of a BYOB tradition where folks ferried their own wine to restaurants. Over time, the gatherings became less formal, but maintained the communal element of hosts or guests contributing to food and refreshment. 

Today, the picnic is heralded as a quintessential springtime date, but it is equally as a enjoyable for some personal time to unwind. You’ll find picnics at the top of our list this season for a delightful outdoor activity, and we’ve got some tips to make yours positively wine-spired. 

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A Wine for All Seasons (But Especially Spring)

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A Wine for All Seasons (But Especially Spring)

As the weather warms up and the flowers bloom, it’s only fitting we all sip on something a little softer and celebrate the arrival of spring.

The other day at lunch, my friends and I were having a chat about what our go-to unwinding wine is—that comforting, dependably good bottle that is easy to drink and makes us happy. We were sitting outside and a breeze was blowing, a faint chill kindly reminding us that spring was still making its grand entrance.

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How to Store Wine

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How to Store Wine

Good wine is an investment, and one you should take proper care to maintain. Most of us, however, go about our lives with little concern for our bottles of wine, using them more as decorative props than vessels of viney goodness.

Your wine will last longer and taste better if stored properly. But what does that mean? You have a miniature wine fridge in your kitchen, but that vineyard in Bordeaux had an underground stone cellar—surely these can’t have the same effect, right?

That’s true for the most part, and wine stored for longer periods is treated a little bit differently than wine that will be readily consumed. For our purposes, we’ll talk about storing wine for the casual consumer or novice collector.

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“See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Savor (or Spit)”

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“See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Savor (or Spit)”

How to Smell Wine

Formal wine tasting is an activity rife with opportunity to look absolutely absurd if you’re not doing it right. We don’t want to see any of our beloved wine-loving friends risk making any particularly upsetting mistakes, so we’re offering up a simple guide to one of the five S’s of wine tasting.

As you know, “see, swirl, smell, sip, savor (or spit)” provides a roadmap to enjoying wine with sophistication and finesse. I want to hone in on one step that is exceptionally prone to bizarre interpretation: smelling.

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Careers Working With Wine

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Careers Working With Wine

Working in Wine

If you are a MadMen fan, you appreciate those impeccably tailored clothes and creative quips and most likely, your favorite part was cocktail hour, ubiquitous at the office as lunch hour. Ever watch with envy, wondering how you, too, could become the type of professional who worked and whiskeyed and wined all at the same time.

As it turns out, there’s a whole industry dedicated to its production, distribution and perfection, and much of it even involves a taste or two. 

While owning or working on a vineyard provides an obvious entre working in wine, there are many other more accessible paths. Check out these careers that will keep wine on the mind.

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Dodging Wine Faux Pas

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Dodging Wine Faux Pas

“Don’t hold it by the bulb, hon,” my mom said.

It’s one of the first pieces of advice I remember receiving as a wine-drinking novice.

“Your hand—it warms the wine.”

This was one of the first among many wine faux pas I would make along the way. The education of drinking wine is one gained almost exclusively through experience, and all the missteps are invaluable lessons learned in how to enjoy wine with effortless sophistication and casual confidence.

Despite the value of experience, I’ll spare you a few embarrassing moments with tips on navigating around these generally accepted wine-drinking rules (and exceptions where applicable).

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GaGa for Wine

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GaGa for Wine

Gaga's company has announced this week that they've filed to produce wine, wine coolers, wine cocktails and wine punches under the name Grigio Girls, according to celebrity news site TMZ.com‘Grigio Girls’ is also the name of one of her tracks on the 2016 album Joanne.
 

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Southern California Wine Regions

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Southern California Wine Regions

SoCal Wine Regions

The United States has no shortage of familiarity with California wines. The climate and geography of the Golden State gives west coast wine an enviable terroir across all the varietals grown there, and we’re oh-so-grateful for it.

Names like Napa, Sonoma and even Santa Clara and Santa Barbara are well socialized in wine-loving circles. While these counties are major wine producers, they’re not the only vinicultural regions in California. Wine growing is a statewide industry, and us SoCal folks are here to remind you that LA, Temecula and even San Diego have some phenomenal wine offerings as well.

Take a quick trip with us up the PCH and stay just north of the border as we highlight a few amazing places to explore in Southern California for your next west coast wine adventure. 

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The Perfect Munchies and Wine Combos

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The Perfect Munchies and Wine Combos

Junk Food and Wine Pairings

Last year, we told you about a unique charity event that pairs McDonald’s French fries with wine, offering up a strangely delightful experience that makes giving back taste good.

If we’re being honest, there’s a je ne sais quoi to eating heinous foods and drinking excellent vino. I can’t quite describe the feeling of sipping a glass of good merlot, while also eating Raisinets, but I know I like it.

The suggestion of pairing wine and junk food is a little avant-garde, but to ease you into the idea, we’ve put together a couple of suggestions that just might be too tempting to resist trying (we won’t tell). 

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Homemade Wine Gummy Bears

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Homemade Wine Gummy Bears

Wine Gummy Bears

With Superbowl just around the corner, we all know the highlight of Superbowl Sunday is the food, the booze and of course, the endless possible confectionary temptations.

Skittles, Milk Duds, cookies and the like will be present in pilefuls, but if you're like me, you might head straight for the gummy worms or those adorable little Haribo bears. Delightfully chewy, splendidly fruity and just a little bit sweet, gummies are my go-to.

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Unlikely Pairings: When Coffee and Wine Fall in Love

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Unlikely Pairings: When Coffee and Wine Fall in Love

Wine and ‘Spro

"Life is what happens between coffee and wine." 

For some of us, there's no day without that morning brew.  And for others, if you're reading this, you might approach the end of your day with a favorite glass of vino.  

Many of us love both; some of us can get into lengthy discussions throughout the night discussing the varietals, best growing regions, qualities and characteristics of favorite wines/coffees, complex flavors of both, best pairings of wine or coffee with different foods, and so on. .

Interestingly enough, coffee and wine have quite a bit in common. Both are derived from fruit (wine from grapes, coffee from “coffee cherries”), the flavor and character of which is strongly influenced by growing conditions. Winemakers and coffee growers alike refer to this unique flavor stamp as “terroir.” Both go through an extensive preparation process, resulting in batches as unique as the fingerprints of those who produce them. Some of the earthiest or most citrusy coffees can actually carry notes reminiscent of some wine varietals.

If you get an itch for some vinicultural adventure, check out these caffeinated combos.

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90's Babies Reinventing The Wine Consumer

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90's Babies Reinventing The Wine Consumer

Millennials have found a way to personalize nearly every experience. And, with an excess of personalization comes a world of variety. No product, experience or Starbucks order need repeat itself.

Wine, therefore, is a logical new frontier for this generation. Complex, traditionally dominated by bigger business and requiring a certain “rugged individualism,” wine production will put millennial behaviors to the ultimate test. Studies suggest that wine will take on a new face in the hands of millennials, from the growing number of boutique wineries to the way it’s made (if we can make it “green,” we will) to the way it’s packaged and sold.

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