Old Vines

Earlier this year, a group of California vintners formed an alliance (actually a non-profit company) called The Historic Vineyard Society. The purpose of this group is to bring awareness to Calfornia’s oldest vineyards. Unfortunately, every year, California loses another piece of vinous history; vineyards up to 100 years old get …

American Dreamin

Unless you don’t own a television or radio, and choose not to read anything at all, you surely know about the ‘devaluation’ of the U.S. dollar (formerly known as the almighty dollar). Even if you don’t plan on renting a villa in Tuscany this summer, it will still impact your …

Paper Palates

Wine is a wonderful thing. And taste is a highly subjective thing. These two tenets are what make selling wine fun: there are no finites and virtually every wine made has a potential fan somewhere (and likely a detractor or two as well). Because of this, we find it interesting …

SHERRY, SHERRRRRRY BABY

Sherry is truly one of the world’s noble wines. It has been produced in some form for millennia. Its place in humankind’s history and the colonization of the ‘New World’ is notable: Columbus had Sherry on his sails to the Americas, and it has been written of by the likes …

‘Preserving’ your profits Eliminating waste on wines-by-the-glass increases profits and allows appealing diversity to your wine program

Having a diverse selection of types, styles and price-points of wines by the glass is a particular draw for a growing number of restaurants. Not just high check-average places, but for all manner of restaurants (have you been to an Olive Garden lately?). Depending on the specific type of restaurant …

Biodynamic wines – Although it means different things to different vignerons, the emphasis is on…Dynamic!

If you are serious about serious wine, then you are at least a little bit informed about ‘Biodynamic wines’. BD wines are those produced following the agricultural and philosophical dictums of Rudolph Steiner, a late 19th/ early 20th century agronomist, philosopher, professor, activist and lecturer. Though only a sliver of …

Michigan is a Red State (as are the other 49 states it seems)…

Of course, lots of red wines (and whites for that matter) are a blend of several grape types; Bordeaux and Chianti are two notorious examples of multi-varietal wines. But even ‘varietal’ wines from California, Washington, Chile or wherever frequently have other grapes in the mix. Usually included to ‘soften’ a …

The Wines of Chile (shaking up the wine world)

Wow. Timing is everything. We had planned on doing this feature on the fabulous, valuerich wines of Chile and just before going to print—bang! The strongest earthquake in recorded history hits smack dab in the middle of some of the veryy best growing regions. What this will mean to the …

SAY “YES” TO MICHIGAN!

Yes, we do sell Michigan wines, and we’re pretty sure that 90% of those reading this do as well, so what’s the appeal you ask? A few reasons: Due to our current economic challenges, there is a movement of sorts in our state to support all things Michigan. What better …