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Rosé All Day

Rosé all day

Rosé wine is a versatile and refreshing choice of wine that deserves a spotlight. This delightful wine dances the line between the robustness of red and the crispness of white wine, giving us the best of both worlds. Its charm lies in its diversity, as it comes in a range of hues and flavors, from subtly dry to deliciously sweet. The journey of Rosé starts in the vineyard. Winemakers carefully select red grapes, often Grenache, Syrah, or Pinot Noir. They then crush these grapes and let the skins mingle with the juice for a short time, imparting a blush of color that can vary from a light pink to a vibrant ruby. The duration of skin contact determines the color, aroma, and flavor profile of the final product. While we often associate Rosé with Provence in the South of France, it is truly a global wine. Winemakers from regions as diverse as California, Spain, Italy, and Australia all craft their own unique versions of Rosé. The sun-soaked vineyards of Provence typically produce dry Rosé with notes of red fruit, citrus, and melon, while a Spanish Rosado might offer deeper flavors of cherry and orange peel. In recent years, Rosé has […]

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Three Best Wines for Mother’s Day

glass of white wine on a brunch table

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and appreciate the mothers in our lives. While flowers and chocolates are traditional gifts, why not surprise her with a bottle of fine wine? Here are the top three wines to make her day extra special. First on our list is the Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label. This outstanding champagne from the renowned French vineyards is the perfect toast to Mother’s Day. An elegant blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay, it offers a bouquet of white fruits, vanilla, and brioche. On the palate, it reveals a harmonious balance of complexity and freshness, making it a versatile choice to pair with a celebratory brunch or dinner. Next, we recommend the Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay, a sophisticated white wine from Napa Valley. This Chardonnay shines with its rich, buttery notes and hints of apple, pear, and citrus. Its creamy mouthfeel and long, smooth finish make it an excellent companion to a Mother’s Day seafood feast or a simple cheese platter. Plus, its full-bodied and vibrant flavors are sure to make any mom feel cherished. Finally, for the red wine aficionados, the La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is an impeccable choice. Originating from California’s […]

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Wine Cocktails Are All The Range This Summer

Aperol Spritz on the beach

Wine cocktails have become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. These drinks are a delicious and refreshing way to enjoy wine, with a variety of flavors and styles to suit every taste. Let’s take a closer look at wine cocktails and some of the latest trends in this exciting and growing category of drinks. Mixologists combine wine with spirits, juices, or fruits to create wine cocktails, which can be enjoyed as an aperitif, a digestif, or as a refreshing beverage on a hot day. While any type of wine can be used to make these drinks, red and white wines are the most popular choices. Additionally, new and exciting wine cocktail recipes are being created all the time, reflecting the current trends in this rapidly evolving category of mixed drinks. Here are some of the latest trends in wine cocktails that you should know about: Spritzers are a type of wine cocktail that has been around for a long time and are currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. These drinks typically combine white wine with sparkling water or soda, and sometimes a splash of liqueur or fruit juice. Spritzers are light and refreshing, making them […]

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Wines of Argentina (Part 2)

Wines from Argentina

Argentina proudly boasts its position as the leading producer of world-renowned Malbec wines. Originating in France, the Malbec grape found its true home in Argentina, where it flourishes in the high-altitude vineyards of Mendoza, Salta and San Juan. The unique terroir and ideal climate lend Argentinian Malbecs their distinctive characteristics. Deep purple in color, Argentinian Malbecs tantalize the palate with a rich, full-bodied profile. Aromas of ripe black fruits, such as blackberries and plums, intermingle with notes of vanilla, and chocolate creating an unforgettable sensory experience. Moderate acidity and velvety tannins contribute to the wine’s smooth, balanced finish. Malbec wines pair wonderfully with grilled meats, like the traditional Argentine asado, as well as robust dishes featuring earthy flavors, such as mushroom risotto. The versatility of Malbec allows it to complement a wide range of cuisines, making it a go-to choice for many wine enthusiasts. Bonarda, Argentina’s hidden gem, has gradually gained recognition as the country’s second most cultivated grape variety after Malbec. Originally from Italy, Bonarda found a welcoming home in Argentina’s fertile wine regions, where it thrives under the nurturing South American sun. Typically presenting a vibrant ruby red color, Bonarda wines offer an inviting medium to full-bodied taste. […]

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Wines of Argentina (Part 1)

Argentina, the fifth-largest wine producer in the world, offers a rich and diverse range of wines that reflect the country’s unique terroir, traditions, and innovative winemaking techniques. Blessed with a variety of microclimates and altitudes, Argentina’s wine regions span from the sun-soaked plains of Mendoza to the high-altitude vineyards of Salta. Malbec is Argentina’s flagship grape and it reigns supreme, producing full-bodied, fruit-forward wines with flavors of ripe black fruits, chocolate, and vanilla. The country’s wine portfolio extends beyond Malbec, showcasing other noteworthy varietals such as Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and the aromatic white grape Torrontés. Mendoza and Salta are two of Argentina’s most renowned wine regions and each offers unique characteristics and flavors that reflect their distinct terroir and winemaking styles. In contrast, Salta is located in the far north of Argentina and is a smaller, lesser-known wine region that has been gaining recognition for its exceptional high-altitude wines. The Calchaquí Valley, Salta’s primary wine-producing area, has some of the highest vineyards in the world, with elevations reaching over 3,000 meters. This extreme altitude results in a significant temperature range between day and night, which contributes to the development of complex flavors and vibrant acidity in the […]

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Napa Wines: “Oso Malo”

3 bottles of red wine from napa california

Made by Alta Winery in Napa, California, “Oso Malo” Cabernet Sauvignon is an exquisite red wine. The Alta Vineyard sits on Atlas Peak at 1,7000 feet in elevation. Typically, more direct sunlight and more extreme temperature changes grapes impact the grapes grown at higher elevations. The fruits’ thicker skin, which leads to stronger tannins and higher color concentration is a result of this direct sunlight and temperature swings. “Oslo Malo’s” deep rich, purple color and bold flavor represents this grape growth pattern well. The tastes of of oak, bittersweet dark chocolate and black cherries are the most noteworthy aspects of its bold flavor. Atlas Peak sits on the east side of Napa Valley in Northern California approximately 65 miles north of San Francisco and 12 miles east of the city of Napa. To learn more about the wine, please visit Alta Winery. For more wine reviews and recommendations from Fancy A Drink, please visit our wine page.

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