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Best Wineries in Sonoma for Wine and Food Pairings

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  • March 27, 2015

Whether you're on a tight budget, or want to drop some serious coin, these are the best places for Wine and Food pairings in Sonoma County. Sonoma County, home to over 400 wineries, is like a food and wine playground for adults, but it can be hard to know where to start. Wine and Food make a tremendous pairing and regarless of your budget, this list of wineries can satisfy anyone from broke college students (we know of a *free* wine and cheese pairing) to millionaires. Simple, elegant, and satisfying, the only way you can go wrong with a wine and food pairing is if you don't go to one!

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Malibu Wine: Why (And Where) You Should Be Drinking It

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  • March 16, 2015

The French idea of terroir refers to “how a particular region’s climate, soils and unique aspects affect the taste of the wine produced from that region” (thanks to this post by Wine Folly for the easy to understand definition). This concept may have never rang more true than when drinking Malibu wine. The characteristics in the wine growing region of Malibu include a high elevation, warm temperatures and soil with volcanic material in it. Why does this matter? It matters because all of those things combine to make Malibu wine what it is today: delicious. Next time you're in Malibu, go out of your way to visit the wineries listed below. 

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Wine Etiquette: 10 Steps to a Successful Winery Tour

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  • March 12, 2015

Wine tours are happening all around the world in a vast amount of wine regions, but being aware of your wine etiquette can make or break your experience. Beginner and expert wine tasters will find these steps extremely crucial when they turn to their right and see a friend passed out on a picnic bench at the second winery visit. We all know how hard it is to keep it classy during a long day of wine tasting, but to make your winery tour more enjoyable for both you and the winery employees, there are a few steps you should follow. 

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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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BottleRock Napa Valley: Who to See, What to Drink

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  • March 10, 2015

BottleRock Napa Valley recently released their lineup and it did not disappoint. Big, famous Cabs, refreshing whites, a top-rated Petite Syrah, and even an infamous IPA are some of this year’s beverage headliners at the three day festival taking place at the Napa Valley Expo during the end of May. While it might be important to note that there are big name musical acts at BottleRock (No Doubt and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to name a few), what really makes this festival stand out against that dust-filled party in the desert of Palm Springs is BottleRock’s dedication to offering high-quality wine, beer, and food combined with an insanely great array of musical talent. Put down those flower crowns, fold up the tie-dye shirts, and promptly head up north to BottleRock Napa Valley, a festival so memorable it doesn’t even need a Weekend Two. 

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Best Wine with Salmon
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Best Wine With Salmon: Wine Pairings and Recipes

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  • March 5, 2015

All you party hosts out there are constantly raising the question of, "What dish can I serve that can pair well with any wine?" Salmon is your go-to dish that can be served in so many different ways and therefore match with an array of wines. From whites to reds, and even rosé, salmon is one of the most versatile foods to serve no matter what kind of wine you like - and it's healthy! To find the best wine with salmon, it is important to pick your wine depending on how your salmon is prepared. Here are some tips on how to pair your wine and salmon dish, and some recipes to help you out with the cooking side of things!

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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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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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