To Chill or not to Chill Red Wine

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Chilled Red Wine

One of my favorite wines is WineShop At Home Dolcetto. This red wine is originally from the Piedmont region of Italy. It’s a very fruity wine that is typically served slightly chilled.

Last night, at the wine tasting I led, I poured each person two sips of Dolcetto, one at room temperature and the other chilled. Every person at the tasting preferred the chilled Dolcetto.

Why does chilling make such a difference? Continue reading

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Dolcetto Is a Very Special Red Wine

WineShop At Home’s 2014 Dolcetto

I’m excited to introduce you to Dolcetto, a beautiful red wine that originates in the Piedmont region of Italy. I believe there are 5 CA vineyards that grow this grape, and 10 CA wineries that make Dolcetto wine. I’m incredibly lucky to be affiliated with WineShop At Home, one of those 10 Dolcetto wineries.

We just released our latest vintage, a 2014, under our Milano Cellars label, the label we use for wines with an Italian origin.

Our Dolcetto has somewhat of a cult following and usually sells out within 6 to 8 weeks of being released. So I’m encouraging you to try the wine very quickly. Continue reading

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Exploring Non-Dosé Champagne

Non-Dosé Champagne

Most wine drinkers know that Champagne refers to the bubbly wines only grown and produced in Champagne, France. Other similar wines from beyond Champagne are generally designated ‘sparkling.’ Here we explore another Champagne distinction: non-dosé, or non-dosage Champagne from France.

Non-dosé at its simplest refers to Champagne that has no sugar added. Now let’s back up. Continue reading

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Why Aren’t We Moving to Boxed Wine?

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 11.06.03 AMA friend of mine asked me the other day what I thought about boxed wine. Without having done any research, I said that typically only very bad wine ends up in boxes, giving boxed wine a very bad reputation.

This quick conversation prompted me to do some research, which I will share with you here. Continue reading

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