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Wine Tasting Tips For The Beginner

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Most folks who experiment with wine for the very first time find that, on first blush, it can be quite sour and tart to the taste. The main reason for this is that many first-time wine imbibers are used to drinking sugary soda pops so, in comparison, the taste of wine seems bitter. Generally speaking, […]

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Collecting Wine in A Wine Cellar

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Collecting wine in a personal wine cellar is a distinctive hobby. Building wine cellars is an excellent way for individuals to store their wine collection and showcase their personality, creativity, and tastes. The wines you choose to be showcased should have links to cultures, regions, and memories that you have cherished throughout your life and […]

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Top 9 Most Expensive California Wines

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California is justifiably famous for its fine wines. So, is California wine expensive? Well, it turns out that some of the Golden State’s most sought after wines are also made in limited quantities. These are the so-called California cult wines, the most famous – and most expensive – of which is Napa Valley’s Screaming Eagle […]

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We’re All Rhone Rangers Now

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The Rhone Rangers first came to prominence in the ’80s, thanks especially to the efforts of Central Coast wineries like Qupe Winery and Bonny Doon Vineyards with Rhone varietals like Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier and of course Syrah. John Alban, of Alban Vineyards, was one of the original Rhone Rangers. He was in fact the first […]

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Wine Tips: Choosing the Right Wine Glasses

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Selecting suitable wine glasses for different types of wine entails six basic points of consideration: size, shape, design, weight, material and aesthetics. The size of the glass is determined by which type of wine you plan to be drinking from it. Generally speaking, red wine glasses are of a larger size than white wine glasses, […]

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Pinot Noir – To Decant or Not To Decant

Joe Davis of Arcadian Winery, in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Rita Hills AVA, is asked the question, When and why would you decant Pinot Noir? He first explains that Burgundy (which is of course made with Pinot Noir grapes) is never decanted, but that, even though Pinot Noir is a delicate varietal, part of the […]

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Nicholas Miller of Bien Nacido Vineyards

This video is one of a series from Wine Taste T.V., where they embark on an “exploration of Santa Barbara’s finest vineyards and wineries, one sip at a time.” In this episode, Bonnie Graves visits Santa Barbara County’s most famous vineyard, the Bien Nacido Vineyards, in the Santa Maria AVA. She explains that “Bien Nacido” […]

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Sideways Wine Tour, Santa Barbara County

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Sideways Wine Tour Video (If you’re interested in booking your own Sideways tour, just follow the link for details.) This group’s Sideways wine tour starts off at Santa Barbara Airport, then takes us, via State Route 154, over San Marcos Pass and into the Santa Barbara wine country nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains–the background […]

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Bien Nacido Vineyard Wines

For some more on the wines from the Bien Nacido Vineyards, Nicholas Miller talks about how the Santa Maria Valley’s two transverse mountain ranges suck in the cool air and fog from the Pacific Ocean, cooling the area and making it one of the longest and coolest growing regions in California–which means it offers very […]

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Santa Barbara – A Paradise for Wine Tourists

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It’s no exaggeration to say that the Santa Barbara wine country is a paradise for wine tourists, and the perfect place to go on a wine tasting tour. It has over 100 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms nestled in the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valleys of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Not only are there […]

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