While wine can be made from many types of fruits and flowers, it is iconically produced from fermented grapes. Wine production dates back at least 8000 years, and today it is produced in quantity in more than 70 countries, with Italy, Spain, France, and the United States the largest producers of wine today. The world of wine is vast and complex, with more than 10,000 grape varietals in existence. This is largely due to experimental cross-breeding and grafting that has taken place for millennia, and such experiments have led to some of today’s most popular grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The primary styles of wine today include red, white, and rose. While almost all grape juice itself is white, red wine is made by allowing the juice from black (aka red) grapes to ferment in contact with its skins, while white wine is usually (but not always) made from white grapes. Rose wine is made from black grapes with limited skin contact, which provides the pinkish color.

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Tasting Report: Pinot Days 2009

By Christopher Null | July 2, 2009 |

Hot weather and worse traffic conspired to make my trip to this year’s Pinot Days a relatively abbreviated one, but I still had the chance to try nearly three dozen pinots from California and Oregon. Favorite: Eric Kent’s entire line (though one 2008 barrel sample wasn’t nearly ready), a perennial Drinkhacker favorite, plus the wines…

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Review: NV Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Champagne

By Christopher Null | June 29, 2009 |

They don’t call it “Brut Gold” for nothing. The bottle of Armand de Brignac is, for real, plated with gold. The bottle is then placed in a velvet bag and a black lacquered wooden box, just for good measure. All the labels are stamped out of pewter. There’s no paper on the bottle at all.…

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4th of July Cocktail Recipes, 2009

By Christopher Null | June 27, 2009 |

Every time a holiday rolls around, the spirits makers commission all manner of cocktails from their in-house mixologists and professionals in the field. Independence Day is no exception, and this post full of selected recipes is drawn from what is arguably the biggest bumper crop of cocktail ideas I’ve seen since starting this blog. Hope…

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Review: 2008 Quivira Sauvignon Blanc Fig Tree Vineyard

By Christopher Null | June 26, 2009 |

Quivira, in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, is known for its Sauvignon Blancs. (It’s also a fun winery to visit. Take the kids. They have goats.) This 2008 release is no exception to the winery’s string of quality releases. This Sauvignon Blanc, grown biodynamically, fermented with wild yeast, and aged six months in stainless steel, is…

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What Web Users Want to Drink…

By Christopher Null | June 25, 2009 |

Today I did a fun comparison, checking out historical Google search trends for the terms gin, vodka, whiskey, tequila, and rum. While vodka‘s win (based on average search volume since 2004) is no surprise, the fact that tequila was right behind — and has led search volume since late 2007 — was quite a shock.…

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Review: 2005 Snows Lake One and Two

By Christopher Null | June 24, 2009 |

Snows Lake certainly isn’t going to run out of names for its wines. Named simply “One” and “Two,” what Snows Lake lacks in complexity it makes up for with generally high quality. Snows Lake is in California’s Lake County, an area north of Sonoma which generally gets little respect as a winemaking region. There’s a…

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Review: 3 Williams & Humbert Sherries – Don Guido, Dos Cortados, and Jalifa

By Christopher Null | June 21, 2009 |

I’ve said before that I am not much of a sherry drinker, but seriously, Harvey’s Bristol Cream is about the only sherry that America knows: You even see it on the dessert wine list at some of the finest restaurants… despite the fact that you can nab a bottle for about 12 bucks. Following up…

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Tasting Report: Napa/Sonoma Wineries, 2009

By Christopher Null | June 17, 2009 |

Finally getting organized following four long (yet too short) days in Napa and Sonoma, with wine galore to talk about. We didn’t make it to as many wineries as we normally would have — an inner ear infection and two typically angsty children kept our winery-touring plans less ambitious than we might otherwise have undertaken,…

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Review: 2005 Dievole Chianti Classico Riserva Novecento

By Christopher Null | June 16, 2009 |

Quite a surprise from this Chianti Classico, super-priced at 50 bucks a bottle but rather staid in the glass. Dievole imbues this Tuscan wine with a dusty, chalky texture, and it’s extremely young on the palate. Decanting helps, bringing out flavors of roasted meat, red peppers, fig, and tobacco — but the finish is too…

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Review: 2006 Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin

By Christopher Null | June 15, 2009 |

Straight outta Livermore, the quirky wine nuts at Bonny Doon have turned their eyes to zinfandel, with this “Cardinal Zin” (get it? GET IT!?) now hitting the market. Grapes are sourced from “Beastly Old Vines” in the Oakley area (the far outer suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area; the wine bears only a “California”…

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