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What Is Natural Wine

Alicia Butler Monday, January 21, 2019

Natural wine has been getting a lot of attention lately. To us, it’s no surprise. The organic food industry pulled in $45.2 billion in 2017. Winemakers are simply responding to the public’s desire for a product with fewer chemicals.

The natural wine craze might be getting plenty of attention these days, but natural wines have been around for centuries. The definition of natural wine? Any wine that doesn’t contain sulfites, chemicals, added yeast or added nutrients. Natural wine also isn’t usually produced by large-scale machines. It’s generally made in small batches by equally small growers.

In an interview with NPR’s The Salt, senior wine buyer Stephen Meuse defined natural wine as best anyone can: “In theory, it's taking fruit that is grown at least organically, then taking it into the cellar and adding nothing, while also not taking anything away."

Many sommeliers agree that this definition is the most accurate when it comes to natural wine.

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How to Drink Cabernet

Alicia Butler Monday, January 14, 2019

Ah… cabernet. This popular red wine is well-loved by wine enthusiasts and novices alike. It’s accessible and even somewhat predictable. Basically, it’s your best friend in a bottle.

Yet, what is the deal with cab? Is there a “right and wrong” way to drink it? Or, can you simply pop the top, pour it in a glass and pass it around the table?

What you might not know about cabernet is that its taste varies based on its region of origin, the soil it was grown in — and even how it’s stored. While cabernet might seem predictable, it’s actually one of the most versatile varietals. Find out where to buy it, how to store it and the best way to serve cabernet sauvignon.

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Best Lunch Spots Near Yountville

Alicia Butler Monday, January 07, 2019

Napa and Sonoma are known for great wine and great food. But with so many options, how do you decide where to eat? Drop your food FOMO and head to nearby Yountville, Calistoga or Oakville (or just stay right in Napa).

You can find just about every cuisine here. The best part? Many of these places have been around forever; when it comes to food, there’s no better test than the test of time.

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Merlot Wine and Food Pairings

Alicia Butler Monday, December 31, 2018

Merlot is a red wine that even predominantly white wine drinkers tend to enjoy. It’s middle of the road on just about everything. It’s medium bodied, has medium tannins and medium acidity. It goes great with meat, fish, cheese and grains. It even works well with veggies and casseroles. It might even boast some health benefits.

Is there anything merlot can’t do?

You might not want to serve it with extremely light dishes, such as raw seafood and light salads. Yet if it has cheese, was baked in a casserole or contains meat, you can bet that it’ll taste great with merlot.

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