Nouveau

At one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arriv! "The New Beaujolais has arrived!" One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun.

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Donniella Winchell
Wine tasting 101

During this holiday season, lots of folks will be hosting parties where wine is a part of the festivities. Since wine is somewhat intimidating to many, when the host and guests are comfortable with some simple tasting techniques, it makes for a more relaxed experience for all: hence the purpose behind this article. 

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Donniella Winchell
Wine competitions: what those gold medals mean

For Americas vintners, tis the season to enter wine competitions. San Francisco Fair, Los Angeles, Finger Lakes, Great Lakes, Dallas Morning News, Pacific Rim, New World, Intervin, Tasters Guild International, Indiana State Fair, Eastern International, Grand Harvest Awards, American Wine Society, Florida State Fair, Beverage Testing Institute, the Ohio Wine

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Donniella Winchell
Stainless Steel

Oak barrels are not the only holding tanks youll find onsite at a wine cellar. Some wines are not meant to absorb the woody elements extracted from the barrel and thus the winemakers choice as an alternative is stainless steel.

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Donniella Winchell
Pairing Wines and Spicy foods

Given his geographic proximity to great foods from Mexico and the Southwest, noted master sommelier, Guy Stout, based in Texas Hill Country Wine region, is an expert on spicy food and wine pairings..and his suggestions insights on what goes with hot works very well for our region which produces so many cool climate varietals. 

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Donniella Winchell