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Beginner’s Guide to French Wines

In general, wines that age on the lees have longer lasting, smaller bubbles, since the lees provide a structure to trap very tiny pockets of air. Coupling this lees aging process with the chalky terroir of Champagne leads to a well-structured wine with fine bubbles and flavors of brioche, apple, citrus, and almond. 

Undiscovered Wines: The Best Values & Tastiest Hidden Gems

There’s something exhilarating about finding an undiscovered wine – one that isn’t being talked about in mainstream wine publications or on wine influencer accounts. When we get comfortable with our taste preferences, we tend to stick to the same bottles, producers, or regions, making it tough to stumble across new bottles.

Wine Trends in 2022

This year, wine trends are expected to veer towards lighter, fresher, and funkier styles. Call it supply chain issues forcing our hand away from the classics, or call it our need to shake up another year of this pandemic. Whatever the reason may be, wine educators, sommeliers, and consumers are expanding their palates in 2022. Up-and-coming wine regions are entering the mainstream wine dialogue, funky grapes are the norm, and the weirder the wine container, the better. However you find your wine tastes evolving this year, there’s something for everyone. 

How to Buy Affordable Wines

Fitting wine into your discretionary spending budget (on top of your various subscriptions and treat-yourself cappuccinos) can seem impossible. Wine connoisseurs know that wine is not a cheap hobby. But clever wine connoisseurs know that finding good deals on great wines is not only possible but easy. If you’re looking to add wine to your list of hobbies, or if you’re just looking to cut back on that monthly credit card statement, here are five ways you can drink wine affordably! 

Wine Pairing Made Simple

Achieving the perfect wine and food pairing is like trying to unequivocally determine the best t-shirt and pants combo; there is an infinite number of combinations and so many of them work! We’re conditioned to think that pairings should be reserved for restaurant sommeliers. Yes, sommeliers are trained professionals, but this doesn’t mean that their methods are intricate and complicated. In fact, these methods are something you can easily replicate at home. Below is a simple two-part wine and food pairing guide that can be used over and over again to find amazing new combinations. 

Summer French White Wine Pairings

Remember the days of summer barbecues and outdoor gatherings? This year, more than ever, the nostalgia is real. We’re all craving normalcy, and if you’re anything like me, a glass of cool French white wine on a hot summer day feels like the perfect kind of normal. Here are five classic summer French whites along with some delicious food pairing ideas to make this summer feel like the good ole days of 2019. Enjoy!