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What Makes Wine "Better"?

At Winestyr, we claim to have better wine than you'll find on any store shelves. But unless you're a winemaker or a connoisseur, you may not know the answer to one very important question: What Makes "Better" Wine?

Dedicated Producers

Great winemakers and wineries aren't in it for the money — if they were, they would have chosen a different profession. Instead, they're in it for the love of the game. These winemakers don't make the same wine two years in a row. 

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Spring wine picnic - wine guide

Welcome to the Winestyr Wine Guide!

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • April 28, 2013

The Winestyr team is very excited to announce the launch of the Winestyr Wine Guide. 

In this guide, we'll be posting some great information - straight from the Winestyr team to you.  You can expect us to include wine tips, thoughts on wine and food pairing, exclusive interviews with our winery partners, recipes from the Winestyr kitchen, things that make us laugh within the world of wine, and our musings on startups and web design!

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Open champagne bottle

How to Open a Champagne Bottle

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • April 28, 2013

The Winestyr team went out to lunch last Friday, and while we were eating, two different tables opened bottles of champagne.  While we applaud the spirit – day drinking on a Friday is a great tradition – neither table knew how to open a bottle of champagne.  How could we tell?  Because in both cases the cork flew off the bottle, nearly hitting the high ceiling of the restaurant – the exact opposite of what should happen if you open a bottle correctly. 

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Open wine the right way with a waiter's corkscrew

How to open a bottle of wine - the correct way

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 17, 2013

With all of the gadgets and different type of wine openers around, we'd like to discuss some of the fundamentals of opening a bottle of wine. Before diving any deeper, however, let us preface this wine tip by saying that if you have a screw cap, just (un)screw it.  This post shows how to open a bottle of wine with a waiter's corkscrew, which is the preferred (and fastest) way to open a bottle of wine.

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Become an expert on the wine term "Body"

What is Body in Wine?

  • Robert Wilson
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  • July 31, 2013

Become a wine expert (Part 4): Body

Now that we have covered serving temperatures for both red and white wine, along with tannin (remember, it's that coating or dryness on your tongue and mouth), we will be discussing another wine characteristic this in this post: Body.

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Oak aging of wine goes back thousands of years

Oak in Wine

  • Robert Wilson
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  • November 8, 2014

Become a wine expert (part 8): Oak In Wine, barrels, and aging - the basics

Without oak, the world of wine wouldn't be nearly as complex or exciting as it is. Oak and wine have had one of the longest and most harmonious love affairs in human history. 

 

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Viognier pairing taste

Introducing Viognier – Taste and Pairings

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • May 14, 2013

Although Champagne may be the classic pairing for oysters (and there is certainly nothing wrong with that), next time try pairing your oysters or other seafood with Viognier-- an intensely aromatic grape that combines aspects of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.

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Wine Growing Cycle

How wine grapes grow - the vine growing cycle

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • May 31, 2013

Last week part of the Winestyr team was fortunate enough to be out in beautiful Napa and Sonoma visiting some wineries.  While there, we got a first-hand look at how the growing season is going.  Most of the winemakers we spoke to were pretty positive on the season so far, so hopefully this year gives us some great wines to enjoy!  But what exactly are the stages of the wine growing season?  Read on to find out more.

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Get a job in wine

Break into the wine industry - how I got a job at a vineyard

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • June 3, 2013

Two years ago, I was just finishing my fourth year as an investment banker in New York.  I knew I was going to leave banking to start business school in the fall, and wanted to do something interesting with my summer.  I always had a passion for and interest in wine, and so I decided to try to get a job at a vineyard. The only issue was that I had no actual wine industry or vineyard farming experience at all!  So how did I get an awesome job at Sullivan Vineyards, a small, gorgeous vineyard right in the heart of Napa Valley?

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Girl holding wine glass under falling corks

Getting Into Wine: A Beginner's Story

  • Jordan Johnson
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  • May 23, 2013

When people find out that I work for a wine startup, they generally have one of two reactions: Option 1) "You are so lucky! You must just drink all day!" or Option 2) They want to have an in-depth discussion about wine and its many nuances. I generally prefer the second reaction because it can lead to great conversation and debate, but it inevitably forces me to make a confession: I know very, very little about wine.

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I Only Drink Pinot...

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  • September 30, 2013

We hear people all the time say that they only drink one wine or one type of wine.  It's a mistake made by countless wine consumers.  Don't feel bad if this is you though - I used to do it all the time.

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What does grenache taste like and pair well with?

Know Your Grapes: Grenache Taste and Pairings

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • September 27, 2013

Grenache (pronounced "gra-nosh") is a relatively unknown grape in the United States, but is responsible for some of the most famous red wines in the world. Grenache is best known in Spain, where in its humblest form produces intensely fruity wines with some good spice notes. It is also the primary grape in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the famous red wines from France's Rhone Valley. Domestic producers have recently achieved some good results with Grenache, which is very exciting.

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What does albarino taste like and pair well with?

Know Your Grapes: Albarino Taste and Pairings

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • September 27, 2013

Albarino (pronounced "al-ba-ri-ño") is a grape that has a special place in my heart - it's one of the first wines that I actually remember drinking and thinking, "okay, there is something interesting going on here..." My boss, a big "wine guy", ordered it while at a business dinner at a Mexican restaurant in New York, and I had never heard of the grape before. Although it's grown in popularity since then, it's still underappreciated which is an absolute shame.

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What does Gruner Vetliner taste like and pair well with?

Know Your Grapes: Gruner Vetliner Taste and Pairings

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • October 2, 2013

Gruner Vetliner (pronounced "groon-er vet-lin-er", and often abbreviated just as "Gruner") is a great grape varietal that has rapidly grown in popularity over the past few years. Most commonly grown in Austria and Germany, it usually comes in distinctive tall and thin bottles. Generally good values, these are wines that are mostly meant for easy enjoyment...don't have to think too much here.

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Over 50% of wine sold in the U.S. is made by one of three wine conglomerates
Don't be fooled into drinking mass-produced wine

What is Craft Wine?

  • Robert Wilson
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  • June 20, 2013

How to drink great craft wine every time

We've all heard of Craft Beer and many of us have proudly joined the Craft Beer movement thumbing our noses at the mass-producers of the world who dominate the shelves.  Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) has become a symbol of indie culture - a brash statement against corporate domination, limited consumer choice, and an increasingly homogeneous population.  In wine, many of the same factors are at play as in the beer industry, big wine is just a lot more clever than big beer.  I can tell you how to drink great craft wine, every single time.

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What does tempranillo taste like and pair well with?

Know Your Grapes: Tempranillo Taste and Pairings

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • October 2, 2013

Tempranillo (pronounced "temp-rah-neel-oh") is probably the most popular grape grown in Spain, where it is used in a variety of wines. If you've had wines from Rioja, you've had a wine that is predominantly Tempranillo. While Tempranillo is not a commonly grown grape in the U.S., it is definitely worth checking out.

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Is Shipping Wine Legal?

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  • August 2, 2013

Great question, and one that I get asked all the time.  The answer to whether shipping wine is legal primarily depends on two considerations: (1) where you are; and (2) who is shipping the wine.

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What does picpoul taste like and pair well with?

Know Your Grapes: Picpoul Taste and Pairings

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • September 27, 2013

Picpoul is an up-and-coming grape variety traditionally grown in France's Rhone Valley. It generally produces acidic, minerally whites, with more citrus notes than a white wine like Sancerre or Muscadet. It's not a wine for aging - instead, this is something you want to drink right away, ideally on a warmer day.

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Red wine gets its color from contact with skins during fermentation - a process called maceration

What makes red wine, red?

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 16, 2013

Become a wine expert (part 7) - So you're saying red grapes actually have clear juice? 
Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.  Many people believe that red wine comes from red grapes and white wine comes from white grapes.  While this is usually the case, it is for a different reason than most would assume.

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Older wine doesn't necessarily mean better wine
Some things get better with age.

Is Older wine, better wine? The truth about aging wine

  • Robert Wilson
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  • February 6, 2015

Does older wine, mean better wine?

Not necessarily.  There are several factors that go into aging wine.  First and foremost, most wines are made to be enjoyed right away.  Translated, this means that most wines are not supposed to be laid down in a cellar to mature - they will get old and spoil.  

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Tannin is a term reserved almost exclusively for red wine
Tannin is a term reserved almost exclusively for red wine

What is Tannin in Wine?

  • Robert Wilson
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  • July 19, 2013

Become a wine expert (Part 1): Tannin

Tannins are often talked about as a wine term; however, many people have a hard time understanding what, exactly, tannin is. Without getting too deep into the science behind it, tannins are found in a wide range of leaves, barks, and vegetable products.

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Five Best Places to Get a Drink in Santa Rosa, CA

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  • February 13, 2015

The Rundown

While known as the largest town Sonoma County has to offer, Santa Rosa has also developed an impressive nightlife. What is consistent in all towns with a great nightlife? Drinks. There are a lot of great bars in Santa Rosa, a wide variety of cocktails, wine bars and craft breweries. To make life easier for you I’ve narrowed the drink scene down to five locations with some respected drink recommendations. So here you have it - I give you the top five places in Santa Rosa to enjoy a drink.

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Wine in box ready for shipment

New Year, Better Wine : Part 2

  • Jordan Johnson
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  • January 21, 2014

Part Two: BUY IN BULK

Be The Host with the Most

Always have a variety of great wine to offer guests when they come by — they'll instantly feel more welcomed, and you’ll look a little more sophisticated with minimal effort. Plus, wine is a great conversation starter.

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Acting Like an Adult Around Wine

  • Jordan Johnson
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  • September 18, 2013

Exactly a year ago, I was finishing up my year at the Chicago Portfolio School, designing at super late hours, drinking the cheapest wine and beer I could find, and generally only interacting with fellow students and the occasional ad agency employee. This year, however, I am a working adult who's expected to know a little about wine and attend social functions with *gasp* real adults who have houses and 401Ks and wine collections.

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Sangria Recipe

The Best 3 Sangria Recipes

  • Scott Washburn
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  • August 26, 2013

Sangria is one of our favorite Summer party drinks - and the Summer ain't over yet! Here's a list of our top 3 sangria recipes just in time to blow the crowd away this Labor Day:

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Drink this, not that - reach for healthier alcohol choices and alternatives
What's in your cup of coffee? What's in your alcohol choices?

Drink this, not that - Healthy Alcohol Choices and Alternatives

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 16, 2013

One cup of coffee = one cup of coffee... or so you may think.  What if you were given the choice between two cups of coffee, the first cup of coffee was made with freshly ground organic beans from Colombia and the other was made with coffee crystals whose flavor was masked by non-dairy creamer and two packets of artificial sweetener?

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Romantic Destinations: Wine Regions Around the World

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  • February 16, 2015

Are you trying to find the perfect romantic destination for you and your loved one? If the two of you live for your nightly glass of wine at sunset, there are a handful of places around the world that you must visit. These wine regions provide you with breathtaking views and landscapes, some of the best dining experiences you'll ever come across, and (of course) amazing wine. To help you plan your wine retreat, we've created a short list of romantic destinations where you can experience some of the most unforgettable getaways with the person you love most.

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What does zinfandel taste like and pair well with?

Know Your Grapes: Zinfandel Taste and Pairings

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • September 16, 2013

Note: This post is part of a series on wine grapes that started with Viognier.

Zinfandel - and I mean the real, red Zinfandel as opposed to that "blush" white Zinfandel, is a woefully underappreciated grape. People out in California love it, but many people in the rest of the country don't know anything about it. 

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Wine vs. Beer In America
Do you most often drink Beer, Wine, or Liquor?

Wine vs. Beer In America

  • Scott Washburn
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  • August 6, 2013

20 years ago beer ruled in America. However, recent studies show that Americans are switching to wine at a rapid pace. The stats in this article may surprise you. Here are the quick facts:

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Red wine

What Makes a Good Wine?

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  • October 4, 2013

Many “experts” tend to differ when it comes to what makes a good wine – with each other, and also with the general public. The result is of this disagreement is that the general wine consuming public finds it harder than it needs to be to know whether they are buying and/or drinking  "good wine."  

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What does aglianico taste like and pair well with?

Know Your Grapes: Aglianico Taste and Pairings

  • Pooneet Kant
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  • September 27, 2013

Aglianico is a grape that is steadily gaining in popularity in the United States. Mostly grown in Italy, it has gained notice for being a well-priced option on wine lists at Italian restaurants, and when you don't want to shell out $75+ for even a basic wine from Montepulciano, Aglianico can be a great alternative.

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3 Reasons to Buy Wine Online

3 Reasons to Buy Wine Online

  • Jordan Johnson
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  • January 29, 2014

Most people buy lots of things online - such as clothes, food, electronics, and beauty products. We can buy all of those things in brick and mortar stores, so why do we shop for them online? Three main reasons: better selection, convenience, and lower prices. Not many people realize this, but the online wine industry now offers all three of those attractive qualities as well.

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Winestyr Wine Club Selection Grant Family Wines
An interview with Winestyr wine club selection: Grant Family Wines

Wine Club Selections: An Interview With Jon Grant of Couloir Wines

  • Robert Wilson
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  • October 7, 2015

Proprietor and winemaker at Grant Family Wines, producer of the esteemed Couloir Wines and Straight Line Wines, Jon Grant got his start at Turley Wine Cellars under the tutelage of Ehren Jordan who is now the proprietor and winemaker at Failla. His wines have received tremendous accolades (too many 90+ scores to list) and have been selected for inclusion in Winestyr's wine clubs.

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Hold your wine glass the way it feels most comfortable

How to Hold a Wine Glass (Correctly)

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 16, 2013

Become a wine expert (part 5): How to hold a wine glass 
It's a common fallacy that a wine glass should only be held by the stem.  The reasoning behind holding a wine glass this way is to avoid having your body heat affect the temperature of the wine.  If the wine is served at the correct temperature (which you can learn more about for red wine and white wine), then you should hold the glass only by the stem.  

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Acid is a very important factor when it comes to the flavor and mouthfeel of wine
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Acidity in Wine

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 16, 2013

Become a wine expert (part 6):  Acid

Acid is an important wine characteristic to pay attention to.  White wines with high acid (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, etc.) tend to taste crisp and refreshing.  The acid in the wine adds a "mouthwatering" sensation on the finish.  Wines with too little acid feel underwhelming in the mouth and taste vapid.  Wines with too much acid can be sharp, prickly, and tend to produce a sour sensation in the mouth.  Balance, just like most wine characteristics, is the key to acid.  Some wines have so much acid (Riesling) that they are often-times finished with residual sugar to tone down the tartness (similar to how sweet/sour candies work).  Wines with a lower pH will have stronger acids.     

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Terroir is the complete of factors that give each wine its unique flavor

What is Terroir in Wine?

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 16, 2013

Become a wine expert (part 9):  Terroir

What is terroir (pronounced "ter-war") in wine?  Terroir is the complete combination of factors that give each wine its own distinct flavor.  Factors that go into the terroir of a wine are soil composition, environment, weather, microclimates, etc. 

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Liquor laws

Why are there so many liquor laws?

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  • September 30, 2013

To answer a question with a question, who controlled alcoholic beverage distribution before Congress ratified the 21st Amendment and thereby repealed prohibition? Answer: bad guys like Al Capone and their corrupt organizations. It’s not like these people just went away and decided to give up on their huge money-making alcoholic beverage endeavors. They were just legitimized is all.

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Wine glasses

Getting Into Wine: Wine Glasses, Corkscrews, and Gadgets

  • Jordan Johnson
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  • August 1, 2013

Note: This is post three of an "intro to wine" series. If you haven't read part one or part two yet, it might be helpful to read before continuing! 

Before you're able to properly enjoy all the tasty craft wine you're now capable of finding, you need something other than a hunting knife to remove the cork and a coffee mug to drink out of. That said, finding a decent set of glasses and a good corkscrew can quickly get expensive and overwhelming. But never fear! Here's a handy first-timers buying guide.

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Red Wine

Is Red Wine Good For Me?

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  • October 4, 2013

We’re not doctors, but when enjoyed appropriately and responsibly we think it certainly can be.  Here’s my recipe for how red wine is good for me.  I try to practice this as often as possible and did so this past weekend.  Feel free to put your own spin on it.

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Don't drink hot red wine

The Correct Serving Temperature for Red Wine

  • Robert Wilson
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  • July 31, 2013

Become a wine expert (Part 3): The correct serving temperature for red wine

It is a common fallacy that red wine should be served at "room temperature."  In fact, the correct temperature to serve most red wines is actually just above "cellar temperature," which is 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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A Great Wine Experience

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  • October 4, 2013

As touched on in several previous posts, I firmly believe that a great experience with wine actually depends very little on the wine itself for most people.  Not that the wines on our site aren’t great; they are.  But while great wine is necessary for a great wine experience, it is not in itself sufficient. 

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Wine bottles

What is Your Favorite Wine?

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  • October 4, 2013

Being in the wine business, we often get asked, "what is your favorite wine?"  Sometimes people are want to know a specific bottle while others are more interested in something more general, like our favorite varietal.  Regardless of the specific inquiry, the answer is generally the same; and it surprises a lot of people.  

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Winemaking
Image from UC Davis

How To Make Your Own Wine

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  • February 28, 2015

Everyone’s been to a backyard barbeque or a birthday party when the host suddenly breaks out their “famous” homemade beer, complete with an amusing label and clever name, that makes you feel a twinge of jealousy inside. It’s fun, it’s creative, and sometimes it even tastes good. Who says you have to stand there with your store bought bottle of Pinot, watching the festivities? Learning how to make your own wine isn’t for the faint of heart, but with the help of many wine making kits becoming available online and with some wineries even offering a make your own wine experience, Uncle Hank’s Heavenly Hefeweizen doesn’t stand a chance.

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Where to Buy Wine

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  • November 20, 2014

If you're wondering where to buy wine, then assuming you value quality when selecting your wines, the best route is straight from the producer, which we at Winestyr facilitate.  People often wonder whether there is a difference in quality between the small production craft wine we feature on Winestyr and the "good" wine they think they can buy in stores (bottle shops, liquor stores, Coscto, etc.).  The answer is absolutely yes, and I'll use a comparison below to explain.

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Alexander Valley AVA

Alexander Valley AVA: Everything You Need To Know

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  • March 11, 2015

Viticulture in the Alexander Valley AVA dates back to 1843 and it is likely the most well known AVA in all of Sonoma County. Alexander Valley was officially granted its AVA status in 1984 and is the most northern AVA Sonoma County, with over 15,000 acres planted. It's also the hottest appellation in Sonoma County, meaning one thing: Cabernet Sauvignon. The land and the climate provide the perfect opportunity to grow Napa Valley quality Cab without the Napa price tag which has caused people to flock to the Alexander Valley AVA in search of hidden gem wineries, high quality wines, and beautiful scenery.

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Winestyr Wine Club Selection Friedeman Wines
An interview with Winestyr wine club selection: Friedeman Wines.

Wine Club Selections: An Interview With Brooks Friedeman of Friedeman Wines

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 18, 2015

 

We had a chance to ask Brooks Friedeman, proprietor and winemaker at Friedeman Wines, a few questions about wine, food, music, and life in general. His wines have been selected for our wine club, so get to know Brooks Friedeman and Friedeman Wines a little bit better. They have received some serious critical acclaim: 

Wine Spectator:
93pts 2013 Lancel Creek Pinot Noir
91pts 2013 Dichotomy Chardonnay
90pts 2013 Dichotomy Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast:
92pts 2013 Lancel Creek Pinot Noir
91pts 2012 Dichotomy Pinot Noir
91pts 2013 Dichotomy Pinot Noir
90pts 2013 Lancel Creek Chardonnay
Editor's Choice - 2013 Dichotomy Chardonnay

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Winestyr Wine Club Selection Buoncristiani Family Winery
An interview with Winestyr wine club selection: Buoncristiani Family Winery

Wine Club Selections: An Interview with Matt Buoncristiani of Buoncristiani Family Winery

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 23, 2015

 

We asked Matt Buoncristiani of Buoncristiani Family Winery some questions about wine, food, traveling, and life in general. His wines have been selected for our wine club, so learn more about Matt Buoncristiani and Buoncristiani Family Winery here. Year after year, they receive tremendous critical acclaim (too many 90+ scores to list). In June of 2015, The Wine Advocate's Robert Parker had this to say about Buoncristiani Family Winery, "this winery merits serious attention and I hope it receives it, because it does seem to me to be a producer that's somewhat under the radar. I immensely enjoy the wines from this winery."

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Olivia Pope with Wine and Popcorn
Image from Step Up and Dress Up

A Guide to All Things Olivia Pope and Wine

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  • February 19, 2015

She’s having an affair with the President of the United States, her dad was the head of the country’s most secret Special Operations unit, and she was recently kidnapped only to be sold on the black market.  If anyone deserves a glass of wine then it’s America’s favorite fixer and star of ABC’s hit series Scandal, Olivia Pope, played by the amazing Kerry Washington. Olivia Pope and wine are the most dynamic of duos, a love affair that has lasted four seasons, one that has weathered the trials and tribulations of dating the most powerful man on Earth and realizing your own mother was a terrorist.  After a long day of fixing political scandals and visiting her boyfriend, the President, at his home, the White House, without anyone ever finding out (ah, television) Olivia Pope unwinds with a glass of … well, what wine is she drinking exactly? And how amazing is that glass? Is that ever present bowl of popcorn actually the perfect wine pairing? This Guide to All Things Olivia Pope and Wine will answer your burning questions as fast as it takes Huck to hack into the CIA’s database.

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Organic Red Wine
Image from Bodahome

Organic Red Wine: Everything You Need To Know

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  • March 4, 2015

For more than a decade organic foods have gained popularity because people have become increasingly conscious about the foods they choose to put into their bodies. Even large fast food chains like Chipotle are investing heavily into supporting local, sustainable farmers in an effort to put forth a healthier, better product as shown in this eye opening video they produced in 2014. Whole Foods and local organic stores are popping up everywhere and we know all about the benefits of organic foods, but what about organic red wine? What makes an organic red wine? How do we know if the wine is organic and what qualifications must the wine have in order to be considered organic? The purpose of this post is to answer these questions by providing a brief definition of organic red wine, the farming practices, and where organic wine is made in the United States. 

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Winestyr Wine Club Selection Weatherborne Wine Corp
An interview with Winestyr wine club selection: Weatherborne Wine Corp

Wine Club Selections: An Interview With Cris Carter of Weatherborne Wine Corp

  • Robert Wilson
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  • September 30, 2015

 

We had a chance to ask Cris Carter, proprietor and winemaker at Weatherborne Wine Corp, a few questions about wine, life, and his influences. Weatherborne has been selected for inclusion in the Winestyr wine clubs and the wines from this new producer are already garnering serious critical acclaim (sorry, at this time Weatherborne's wines only ship to California):

2012 Pinot Noir: 92 points from Wine Enthusiast -  "Distinctly wet-earth aromas of mushroom surround a line of graphite with touches of red fruit in this impressive bottling from young winemaker Cris Carter. The umami-driven flavors of shiitake and dried figs are elegant and soft in the mouth, a great fit for lovers of earthy, savory Pinot Noir."

2013 Pinot Noir: 93 points from Wine Enthusiast - "Brewer Cris Carter, who works at Golden Road Brewery in Los Angeles, also makes stunning wines, in this case from John Sebastian Vineyard, showing a lush cherry-vanilla nose that’s tightened with iron, iodine and earth. It’s soft on the palate, with violet and rose petal florals and plum-skin tartness in the midpalate." 

 

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Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley
Photo from www.drycreekvalley.org

Dry Creek Valley 101

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  • February 20, 2015

The History & Landscape

Dry Creek Valley is one of California's oldest AVA’s (American Viticultural Area). Over 140 years old, spanning 16 miles long and 2 miles wide, the appellation has over 9,000 acres of vineyards planted. Dry Creek Valley is the epicenter for Zinfandel in the world. This is the perfect microclimate for Zinfandel to thrive in - located only twenty miles from the coast and running through the middle of the Russian River, Dry Creek Valley receives plenty of cool fog and mist in the mornings. By noon the fog has burned off and the sun’s rays shine brightly on the Dry Creek vineyards. The cool evenings in Dry Creek Valley truly make it an ideal situation for the Zinfandel grape.

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