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  1. Some Dry Red Wines

    Some Dry Red Wines

    Are you new to the world of wine?  Unsure what wines are considered to be “dry?”  Read on! Quite simply, dry wines have the greatest alcohol content; their juice ferments until almost all of the grape’s sugar is utilized.  Thus, dry wines contain little residual sugar and are not “sweet.”  What common wines are considered dry?  Here’s a little list...
  2. Where Not to Have a Wine Tasting

    Where Not to Have a Wine Tasting

    In an episode of “Frasier,” Doctors Niles and Frasier Crane begin the show with a blind wine tasting... Niles:  Now, now, let’s move on to number seven. Frasier: Ahhh... Touch of oak, hint of currant, whisper of... Frasier’s father enters with his dog, Eddie, on a leash. Frasier:  ...what is that?  What is that?  Oh yes, wet dog! While amusing...
  3. Wine DJ: a Fun app Combining Music & Wine!

    Wine DJ: a Fun app Combining Music & Wine!

    Have a good bottle of wine?  Need the perfect music to set the proper mood?  Have no fear; Wine DJ is here!  Wine DJ is an iPhone app designed to help you build the perfect playlist based on your desired mood, coupled with the Liberty School wine you’re drinking.  Simply enter the type of wine you’re planning to drink, use...
  4. Jake's Corner: Three Days in Wine Country

    Jake's Corner: Three Days in Wine Country

    Our very own Jake Austad, master of custom cellar designs, is an expert at touring wine country, and wants to share his tips and tricks. Jake has insider advice on the best vineyards to visit, the best places to eat, and tourist traps to avoid. So pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of your favorite vino, and hear how...
  5. Tips for Hosting the Perfect Wine-Tasting Party

    Tips for Hosting the Perfect Wine-Tasting Party

    Photo credit: Fast Forward Event Productions Drinking good wine with good friends is one of life's greatest pleasures. If you love to entertain, but hesitate at the work and expense of hosting a dinner party, try a wine-tasting party for your next get-together. With just a few glasses, some bottles of wine, and perhaps a snack or two, you've...
  6. How do I know if my wine's gone bad?

    How do I know if my wine's gone bad?

    You're out to dinner at a restaurant and are served a bottle of wine you've never had before. The waiter arrives and pours you a taste. You take a sip. The flavor is...strange. Is the wine just new and unfamiliar, or is something wrong with it? Unsure of what to do, you tell the waiter it's fine, then spend the...
  7. Jake's Corner: Cabernet Around the World

    Jake's Corner: Cabernet Around the World

    Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on the vine One Monday evening last month, six people sat down for a blind Cabernet (and Cab-based blends) tasting. There were no experts on the panel. There were two people that prefer whites to reds. There was one experienced craft beer person, and there was me, representing Vintage Cellars (and I hold an advanced certificate from...
  8. Five Tips for Flawless Wine and Cheese Pairings

    Five Tips for Flawless Wine and Cheese Pairings

    Wine and cheese is a classic combination. Whether it takes the form of a lavish spread laid out at a cocktail party, or a simple and elegant course at a dinner party, a wine and cheese pairing is something no guest is ever disappointed to see. But making the perfect wine and cheese match can be intimidating. These five tips...
  9. Movies for Wine Lovers

    Movies for Wine Lovers

    In the last decade, wine has become a hot topic for filmmakers. And no wonder: there’s something magical about wine: the beautiful vineyards, the thrill of finding a great bottle, the fascinating — and often obsessive — winemakers. If you’re looking for a great movie that features your favorite beverage, check out our top picks: Sideways The seminal wine movie...
  10. Santa Lucia Highlands AVA and Pinot Noir

    Santa Lucia Highlands AVA and Pinot Noir

    As most wine connoisseurs are well aware, the Santa Lucia Highlands have been receiving a great deal of positive attention over the last ten years in spite of the fact that the region is a relatively small part of California's immense AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). The Santa Lucia Mountains separate the Salinas Valley from the Carmel Valley within sight of...

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