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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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Rosé and Beef Carpaccio

I tried something fabulous recently. Château D'Esclans makes Les Clans and I had the opportunity to taste the 2013 vintage that was barreled in French Oak for 10 Months and a year on lees. Lees. are dead yeast cells and create a creamy, brioche characteristics. There is a marzipan & almond notes that also are expressive in this vintage rosé and it makes for quite an exquisite sipping experience. Most people are used to only drinking current vintage rosé but I would advise laying down any rosé that has been barrel fermented. Not many producers are doing this so it really is a rare treat. One of my favorite Rosé pairings to recommend is to try it with cured meats....

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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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Awesome Sauce

So, cooking with wine advice always says- do not use wine that you don't want to drink. I have always been curious about cooking with one of my favorite wines to drink- Rosé! I am in the mind-set to drink rosé year round so I thought I would experiment with a Buerre Rosé sauce. As an amateur cook, I enlisted a chef for assistance. I have never been adventurous to make sauces, but now that the weather has turned, I felt it was time. (During the summertime I top my dishes with variations of fruit salsas, guacamole, corn salsas, pickled onions etc). As rosé is a relatively new category (10 years) most people drink the current vintage. When I asked...

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