Vinifera is the New Black

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

Congratulations American wine region, you made it!  You’ve graduated from an emerging wine region and you now enjoy commercial success, sales in national and international markets, and the respect you deserve.  How did you do it?  By mastering Vitis vinifera.In the American wine industry, vinifera is the new black.  One might take this for granted, until he or she realizes the bounty of non-vinifera native grapes growing on the American land mass.  Despite this, it seems that only through mastering the imported vinifera that a wine region earns commercial success and respect.  I must ask: why does making it in…

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Crabapple Wine - How'd They Come up With That?

by Minnesota Uncorked™

“They Make a Lot of Fruit Wine There”“Now, when it says notes of peach and apricot, does that mean those were actually used to flavor the wine?” my sister asked the guide on a tour of a California winery.“Ahem, no. Wine in California and France and Italy is made from grapes,” he said, dripping with condescension. “Are you from Wisconsin? They make a lot of fruit wine there.” Though he was one state off about my sister, he was right about the other part. And Wisconsin vintners are proud of it, as well they should be.Misplaced coastal snobbery aside ––…

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Is Barleywine, Wine?

by Minnesota Uncorked™

It’s in a wine-shaped bottle, but capped like a beer. It’s CALLED wine, but wine doesn’t have barley in it, does it? To get to the bottom of this, I talked to Ryan Petz, co-founder and President of Fulton Brewery (Minneapolis, MN); makers of “Patience” barleywine.“Barleywine is an Ale style beer” said Ryan.Wine folks, read on– because it’s not that simple that simple: barleywines can match wine in complexity and character– and can even benefit from cellar aging of up to 5 years!Barleywine is brewed and fermented similar to other ale style beers using primarily barley (whereas true wines use…

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Tips for Removing Wine Stains (Tip #1: Don't Panic!)

by Minnesota Uncorked™

One of life’s great pleasures is having a glass of wine (maybe after doing all the laundry for the week?!)That pleasure shouldn’t be avoided over a worry about spilling, wine is easy to remove from your clothes if you know a few tricks.The first and most important tip is “DON’T PANIC”, we can get it out (and there is no reason to worry, other than you wasted part of a glass of wine!)Cotton, Linen, Polyester (and most fabrics other than wool or silk)In the moment, blot like the devil! You want to remove as much of the wine as possible,…

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The Buzz about Honey Wine (Mead)

by Minnesota Uncorked™

Is honey wine, wine?You may have heard some recent buzz about honey wine and wondered if it’s something new. This tasty drink actually goes way, way back. It’s what Ragnar and Lagertha are quaffing out of horns in “Vikings”. It’s Jon Snow’s beverage of choice in “Game of Thrones”. In fact, honey wine (aka mead) was probably the very first alcoholic beverage people ever made. And we’re still making it today. So, what is mead?Is it just something they used to drink in ye olde timey days to ward off evil spirits? Not at all! Today you can still find…

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Italian Wine Pairings

by Keith Wallace

Northern Italy Wine PairingsItaly is the country of multiplicity and it’s hard to make generalizations. This is especially true when considering the food & wine pairings of  the northern regions. From the borders by the Alps to the northern coastal areas on Ligurian and Adriatic seas, indeed, elevation, climate and landscapes can change radically, and can therefore determine a wide variety of different products.By and large, we can identify four iconic kinds of wine from Northern Italy.From west to east, with some interesting deviation, they are: Full bodied, long-living red wines  Charmat-Martinotti method sparkling wine Mineral and elegant white winesPiedmont red…

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Italian Wine Pairings

by Alana Zerbe

Northern Italy Wine PairingsItaly is the country of multiplicity and it’s hard to make generalizations. This is especially true when considering the food & wine pairings of  the northern regions. From the borders by the Alps to the northern coastal areas on Ligurian and Adriatic seas, indeed, elevation, climate and landscapes can change radically, and can therefore determine a wide variety of different products.By and large, we can identify four iconic kinds of wine from Northern Italy.From west to east, with some interesting deviation, they are: Full bodied, long-living red wines  Charmat-Martinotti method sparkling wine Mineral and elegant white winesPiedmont red…

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Wine is Elemental: Meeting Kerith Overstreet of Bruliam Wines

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

From MD to BU… that is the path of Kerith Overstreet, owner winemaker of Bruliam Wines.All delicious bottles from this California producer displays the Bruliam Wines logo, a riff on the Periodic Table of Elements. The center of the logo bears “Bu”, an amalgam of Kerith’s three children, and a nod to her past career in medical science as an MD. Their motto: “Wine is elemental”.We met Kerith Overstreet during her trip to New York last week and learned of her path from medicine to wine, while tasting one of the most elegant Sonoma Pinot Noir’s we’ve experienced. Kerith, a…

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