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2015: Vintage of Dreams

Photo: Me back in 2016 staging the 2015 red wine barrels to prepare blends for bottling. Every vintner has an unforgettable vintage.     Tucked away in the hallowed spaces where memory pirouettes and swoons with nostalgia for a special time, place, and moment – there are markers of a great vintage that ripple with such distinction […]

WE GET YOU / wine motivations

Some producers may never learn what truly motivates their customers. In our defense, we often get stuck in a loop about trying to distinguish the uniqueness of our products, of our branding, and in creating offers in earnest attempts to motivate sales. What happens more often than not, we’re so focused on our businesses and […]

A Whirlwind Story for the Ages

Let me share a once-in-a-lifetime story.  As many of you probably already know, aside from being a winemaker, I am also a writer and a storyteller.  My undergraduate degree was in Literature and Creative Writing.  I also minored in Classics, Art History and Cultural Anthropology because those subjects were centered around human stories, as well.  On the academic […]

PRO-TIP / decanting older wines

HOW TO AVOID COMMON MISTAKES & DISASTERS There’s nothing worse than opening up a special, rare, older bottle of wine that you’ve been waiting to enjoy, and you accidentally dump sediment right into the decanter after you had carefully and earnestly tried to prevent that from happening. That begs the question – how do you […]

Why You Should Join Our Collector’s List

(AND JUST SO YOU KNOW… A COLLECTOR’S LIST IS NOT A WINE CLUB) A wine club and a collector’s list are two different ways to acquire and enjoy wine. A wine club is a membership-based service that delivers a selection of wines to members on a regular basis. The wines are usually selected by a […]

Happy World Malbec Day!

WORLD MALBEC DAY is on Monday, April 17th and this is our eighth year celebrating! While we are a Cabernet Franc House – it is an absolute joy to include a few other gems in our winemaking portfolio – including not one, but two Malbecs – which I will be pouring at the first ever Malbec […]

PRO-TIP / for new wine collectors

THE COMMON STAGES OF WINE COLLECTING The journey from not drinking wine, to occasionally drinking wine, to obsessing over wine is one of enchantment and discovery. I remember when I first got interested in wine I had no preconceived notions about what I wanted to discover. I just enjoyed trying new wines in the company […]

TOOLS WE LOVE / for wine collectors

FEATURE: VinGardeValise® by FlyWithWine Image borrowed from FlyWithMe, Instagram, August 2022 One of the biggest challenges for wine consumers who travel to wine destinations is having to figure out how to return home with newly purchased wine. In most cases you would have to arrange for tasting rooms to ship your wine. Alaska Airlines got […]

5 Mistakes All Wine Collectors Make

Wine collecting is a hobby enjoyed by many around the world. Whether it’s for personal consumption or investment purposes, collecting wine requires knowledge and expertise. However, even the most experienced wine collectors can make mistakes. In this blog post, we will discuss five common mistakes that all wine collectors make and how to avoid them. […]