Is Rosé Passé?

by Minnesota Uncorked™

It’s never been more popular to drink the pink stuff, and with good reason. You might assume that dainty light pink bottle of wine isn’t for you –– that it’s sickly-sweet, for people who don’t really like wine. Forty years ago you might have been right, but in the midst of the resurgent popularity of dry European-style rosés, pink wines have something to offer almost any wine drinker.Rosés are not only a perfect, refreshing wine to sip in the spring, summer and fall, but pair excellently with many foods. Rosés, especially dry ones, are usually made with red grapes, but…

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Interview with an Advanced SOMM

by Minnesota Uncorked™

There are four levels of certification in the Court of Master Sommeliers. Sequentially, they are Introductory, Certified, Advanced, and Master — with each increasing dramatically in rigor. The average time it takes for someone to complete all four levels? Nine to ten years — for those that make it. The drop-off rate increases dramatically as you rise in certification levels.The program is geared toward professionals working in the beverage and hospitality industry and involves a knowledge of wine regions, wine service and deductive tasting — in addition to being a discerning businessperson in field of wine. While the pillars sound…

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Woodinville: The Gateway to Washington Wines

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

Thirty miles from the bustle and skyscrapers of downtown Seattle is a gateway to Washington’s wine industry. Woodinville is a city in the Seattle metropolitan area and has become known for an increasing number of prominent wineries and tasting rooms. I popped over to Woodinville on my recent West Coast tasting trip, and learned how important this little city is to the history and prominence of the Washington wine industry.Woodinville in the WestGeographically and viticulturally Washington is divided into two sections, east and west, separated by the Cascade Mountain range. The mountains create a rain shadow, blocking precipitation and moisture…

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Top 10 Wine Terms for Beginners

by Steve Baik

A person may know the difference between a corkscrew and a wine key, but that doesn't make them an expert in all things vino. Even if you don't plan on becoming a wine connoisseur, you'll find that learning a few of the most basic wine terms will help you spark up interesting conversations at business dinners, social events or even a trip to the wine aisle. Here are the top 10 wine terms to know if you are just getting started.VarietalIn order to be classified as a varietal, 75 percent of the wine must come from one single type of…

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Who’s the Greenest of Them All? Oregon!

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

Organic, sustainable, biodynamic... these are some of the trendiest yet most confusing terms in the wine industry. There is a place, though, where one can see the proud growers and winemakers who are putting these terms into real practice, crafting quality wines, and restoring the health of the land. This place is Oregon.Every tasting visit has a takeaway, and on my recent Washington-Oregon-California tasting trip, my big takeaway was that Oregon is ground zero for ‘green’ viticulture and winemaking. It was on visits to the amazing producers of Montinore Estate, Sokol Blosser, Holloran Vineyard Wines and Chehalem that Oregon is…

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I say Kee-yah-tee, you say Chee-on-tee, lets call the whole thing off!

by Minnesota Uncorked™

One walks a thin line when trying to pronounce the names of wines correctly. We want to sound like we know what we’re talking about being too pretentious — if you’ve been out with someone who adopts a guttural accent to order Chardonnay, the thought of accurate wine pronunciation might fill you with dread. But it doesn’t have to (and you don’t need to speak with a throat trill, either).Wine Pronunciation 101---------------Many wine names are French, and other Romance languages like Italian and Spanish follow similar pronunciation rules. Unlike English (where words have been adopted from different languages so rules…

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Putting Aerators to the Test

by Minnesota Uncorked™

Like us, wine needs to breathe. It gets cramped living in its bottle for years (or decades), so a good red wine appreciates room to stretch its legs. According to experts, decanting, aerating or oxygenating can mellow sharp tannins, open up the subtler aromas, and accentuate the structure and flavor of wine. It seems, opening the bottle and letting it sit for a few minutes just isn’t going to cut it.Let’s start with some basic info. Traditionally decanting is done for two reasons:The first is to separate the wine from the sediment that forms as wine ages. You’ll only run…

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¡SALUD! THIS SUMMER, GIVE KALIMOTXO A TRY.

by Minnesota Uncorked™

Of groups who know how to get their party on, the Spanish seem like they’d know what’s up, right? Kalimotxo, (pronounced Kal-ee-moach-oh) a drink made up of dry red wine and Coca-Cola, is what Spanish locals actually drink all summer long — they’re too lazy to chop up fruit for sangria!Pioneered in the ‘70s in the Basque country as a way to make low-quality wine palatable — boxed wine is still a popular ingredient— Kalimotxo has an appeal that extends beyond improving sub-par wine, and has spread across the globe, from Eastern Europe to South America and China. Alternatively known…

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