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John Souerbry
 
March 18, 2018 | John Souerbry

Long Day? Try Mira Luna Tough Day Chardonnay.

Mira Luna Tough Day ChardonnayAmazing Mira Luna Tough Day Chardonnay is the perfect elixir to cure any tough day. Unobstructed by oak with wonderful aromas of peach, pear, and melon, with a soft, fruity introduction.

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Time Posted: Mar 18, 2018 at 7:45 AM
John Souerbry
 
December 10, 2017 | John Souerbry

A New Journey Begins - Quillia Red Wine Blend

Quillia Red Wine Blend - the lure of blue horizon, a new journey begins. Imagine.

First snow storms of the season frost north and east as you surround yourself with warm tropic sands. Even if only in your mind, you sip and embrace the lure of blue horizon, a new journey begins. Imagine...  Quillia Columbia Valley Red Wine Blend.

Time Posted: Dec 10, 2017 at 9:08 AM
John Souerbry
 
December 10, 2017 | John Souerbry

Quillia Columbia Valley Red Wine Blend - Imagine...

Quillia 2013 Columbia Valley Red Wine Blend

Quillia Columbia Valley Red Wine Blend - "The sophisticated complement to intellectual curiosity. Imagine..."

Time Posted: Dec 10, 2017 at 8:47 AM
John Souerbry
 
December 7, 2017 | John Souerbry

Holidays Are A Time For Traditions - Join The Revolution!

Hamilton Estates 2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon

Holidays are a time for traditions - pour a glass of Cab and join the Revolution!   #HamiltonEstates #CabernetSauvignon #Wine #HolidayWines #CaliforniaWine #HamiltonEstatesWine

Time Posted: Dec 7, 2017 at 10:26 AM
John Souerbry
 
November 7, 2017 | John Souerbry

International Merlot Day 2017

Happy International Merlot Day 2017! Try our Hamilton Estates 2015 California Merlot. It's a great sip or the perfect pair for hearty meals. Order from www.wine.biz today.

 

Time Posted: Nov 7, 2017 at 10:07 AM
Steve Schepman
 
February 7, 2017 | Steve Schepman

Which is better, a single variety or a blend?

Which is better, a single variety or a blend?

Most wine drinkers are familiar with the popular varieties of wine grapes. Some people love Cabernet Sauvignon, but won’t drink Zinfandel. Others dislike Chardonnay but enjoy Sauvignon Blanc. But what happens if a particular wine is a blend of two or more varieties? Should a wine drinker even try a blend of both a beloved and hated variety?

Many people think blends are inferior wines to single varietals. They learn about wine by learning about varietals, not regions. So they ask for Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, etc Yet one of the world’s most famous, and greatest, wines, Bordeaux, is usually a blend. A fine Bordeaux can be of one or more of these grapes:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.  And a White Bordeaux can be a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Why blend? Why not just make a wine of one particular grape? Doesn’t a winemaker know that people may ask for a “Chardonnay”/ They may turn their noses up if a wine merchant offers a great selection that is a blend Chardonnay and another variety. A great Champagne, for instance, can be just Chardonnay, but could also be a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and possibly some other lesser known varieties.

Blending is an art. A winemaker doesn’t simply take some of this, some of that, mix them together, and voila! a delicious wine. What can one variety add to another that makes the sum greater than its parts? 
Blending different varieties into a single wine can add complexity, aroma, and texture. It can make a wine feel more robust, appear darker in color or give it greater structure. Even adding just 5% of a different grape can alter a wine significantly. A winemaker will experiment using small samples to get the exact wine he is looking for. Then he will make a larger quantity of wine recreating that same formula. Sometimes a winemaker will even ferment different grapes together in the same tank or barrel.
The resulting wine is, well, that’s up to you to taste it and see if you like it.  Many of the world’s greatest red and white wines are made this way.

Time Posted: Feb 7, 2017 at 2:29 PM