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Sip and SUP

​ This evening we invited guests to a fabulous treat: A Wine on the Water Event, SIP ‘N SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board). Guests were given a short demonstration about Stand Up Paddle Boards on a gorgeous evening on Quonochontaug Pond. Actually a coastal lagoon, but commonly called a salt pond. We hit the water and all were very excited. The group were cheering and happy to be out on the water as we paddled to a sandy point about 20 mins from our launch point. We arrived on a beautiful sandy beach and Our Naturalist, Mark Bullinger pulled up with the boat provisioned with cheese & crackers, fruit, and Rosé Wines for the tasting. ​​We tasted gorgeous Rosé portfolio...

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Malolactic Fermentation

Malolactic Fermentation (MLF) ​​Perhaps my favorite of the geeky wine language is teaching wine novices about Malolactic Fermentation. As a wine Professional I enjoy making wine approachable and accessible. It doesn’t have to be intimidating. When a sommelier identifies certain aromas and bouquets there is a reason they are evident. Malolactic fermentation is literally the chemical process where malic acid (picture yourself biting into a green apple) is converted to lactic acid (now picture yourself drinking milk). Both are acids but the palate perceives them very differently. The malic acid will create a mouthwatering effect and a sensation felt in the sides of the cheeks. With lactic acid, it’s softer and felt over the surface of the tongue. When you...

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Gettin' your Hands Dirty- a look at Soil

I had a super cool experience to meet the wine maker and the idea behind the Copper Cain Portfolio, Mr. Joe Wagner. His wine making style is real, his approach is appealing, his portfolio is lovely. The knowledge that was shared and the stoke that was spread was very electric. ​The wines are all very affordable and approachable which is one of their goals. In my opinion, these wines are all “everyday wines” and trustworthy “go-to’s” for entertaining. The Copper Cain team along with Rhode Island Distributing tasted each of his wines in a beautiful setting. Hearing Mr. Joe Wagner share his story on each was truly spectacular. ​​ Here was the line up: •Steorra: delightful NV Sparkling Wine. It...

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Wine Vocabulary T- Letter of the Day

Wine Vocabulary can be intimidating. I will start adding wine vocabulary to the blog to help further your education and introducing common wine words that come up. In my version of adult Sesame Street, the letter of the day is "T". I thought this Thursday would be a good time to start. So here are your wine words for today: TERROIR: Maybe the most all-consuming wine word for wine geeks. This French word means the total impact of any given vineyard site. Soil, Slope, Orientation to the sun, Elevation, Climate (rainfall, wind velocity, frequency of fog, temperature etc). This word is important to understand that every vintage is different due to Terroir. Diamond Creek in Napa Valley is one of...

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Juicy Fruit + Carbonic Maceration

Nerd Alert : Topic: Carbonic Maceration! ​Its almost time for Beaujolais! ‘Tis the season where the French region of burgundy produces Beaujolais Nouveau from the Gamay Grape intended for immediate consumption. So what is Carbonic Maceration? It’s a winemaking technique where whole grapes are fermented in carbon dioxide rich environment prior to fermentation (in an airtight container). Imagine the grapes fermenting and exploding within themselves without being crushed and hanging out on their skins. The result is a fruity wine with very low tannins. When I was learning about wine someone described the candied characteristic as juicy fruit gum and it resonated with me . Juicy fruit gum was a childhood favorite of mine so now whenever I smell juicy...

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