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9 Must See Locations in Napa Valley

9 Must See Locations in Napa Valley

Napa Valley. A picturesque town of rolling vineyards and never ending sunsets. There’s a reason this slice of “Europe in America” gets over 3 million visitors a year. With more than four hundred wineries (comprising some eight hundred wine brands) as well as restaurants and shops, a visit to wine country can be a little daunting. Fear not friends! We’ve compiled a list of the top 9 must see attractions to make your planning a little easier! Must See Wineries   1.       Darioush Winery: Located on Silverado Trail road, this Persian inspired winery is a perfect juxtaposition of an ancient...

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Aging Wine Underwater

Aging Wine Underwater

Stick around long enough in the wine world and you'll learn one thing: it's traditionally non traditional. Yes you heard me correctly. The wine world is an oxymoron come to life. A perfect blend of old and new. A melded juxtaposition of old world heritage and new world advances. It's fascinating to watch it all unfold. Why is this the case? Because the wine world is made up of people who see the value in a strong root system, but also the importance of new horizons.  With this concept comes experimentation. Trends that may or may not stick around: wines...

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3 Ideas for Leftover Wine

3 Ideas for Leftover Wine

What to Do with your Leftover Wine        We’ve all at one time in our life experienced the following scenario. Someone at the party mentions the leftover wine they have at home. You, hilarious being that you are, says, “Leftover Wine? What’s that?” And then you congratulate yourself as the crowd laughs at how witty you are. Ok, so maybe this story has some slight exaggerated hyperbole added to it for effect. But the concept stays intact. Leftover wine is not something most oenophiles come across. However, even this Pearl agrees, there are times when you’ve almost poured...

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The Pearl vs The Wine Vessel

The Pearl vs The Wine Vessel

‘Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” If you’re an avid Pearl reader, you may remember this quote from a previous article of mine on Terroir. Is this artistic recycling just sheer laziness on my part? Well probably. But also Chuck Palahniuk really hit the nail on the head in such a succinct statement. We as humans are walking, talking products of our environment. That’s why in a short conversation we can detect through accent and demeanor where a person is from. And if an accent or attitude adds flavor to a...

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Taste of Purple visits Sparkling Pointe

Taste of Purple visits Sparkling Pointe

Recently the team at Taste of Purple traveled to Long Island to investigate the wines of this region. Sparkling Point is the final vineyard in our series. And what better way to end this adventure than an all sparkling vineyard run by two wacky attorneys who love Carnivale as much as they love depositions! Sparkling Pointe is the only all sparkling winery in NY. They stick to the traditional French method for all 47 acres of their vineyard and the end result is nothing short of fabulous. The owners, Tom and Cynthia (who as a side note met at a...

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