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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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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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Olivia Pope with Wine and Popcorn
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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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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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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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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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Where to Buy Wine

  • John Wilson
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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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