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It’s no secret that in the California Wine Region, Napa Valley reigns supreme. This small plot of Earth receives over three million visitors a year, spending over 1.6 billion dollars a year! And who can blame them? The Napa Valley is ethereal and transporting, it can be easy to fall in love, completely neglecting surrounding regions. But before you tie the knot with Napa, maybe take a look at it’s younger sister, Sonoma.
The hustle and bustle of New York City is simply mesmerizing. People travel from around the world just to experience the energy it gives off. But those who work day to day on those streets know the residents of the city that never sleeps could use a nap! So where do you go when you need to get out of the city and experience some R&R? Why not take a short trip up to the Long Island Wine Region!
Long Island is filled with quaint towns and picturesque houses. But it’s also home to some renowned wineries. These wineries are scatter between the North and South Forks of the Island. So how do you know which are worth the trip? Take a look at our top 5 must see Long Island Wineries and start planning your next trip!
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!
Leftover wine is not something most oenophiles come across. However, even this Pearl agrees, there are times when you’ve almost poured that last fourth of the bottle down the drain (perish the thought). While this remains the cardinal sin of wine lovers, there’s no need to fret. There are other options! Take a look at three things you can do with dreaded extra wine:
So, let’s put wine on the therapist’s couch as it were and talk a little about its home life. Namely, what are the different methods for storing wine? Why do we use oak and does it matter which region the oak comes from? What is the deal with stainless steel? (yes I meant to rhyme. Rhyming is cool, ask anybody.) Let’s delve in and talk about Wine’s earliest childhood memory: It’s home in clay.
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!
Let me tell you a little fact. The Pearl is Italian. What? I’ve already mentioned this 50 or 60 times before? Well it’s true, and it means one very important thing. While most other little girl pearls were off playing with dolls and riding their bikes (can a pearl ride a bike? Not the point…) this five-year-old pearl was touring vineyards in Napa and opening her first bottle of wine (to serve to others, not to drink! Seriously guys, what kind of childhood do you think I had? Shame on you) So you can imagine my chagrin when we flash forward several years in time to the introduction of, queue thunder clap and small child screaming in terror, The Screw Top!
There's nothing we love more at Taste of Purple than a day of "industry research." This of course is just a fancy term for the days we all forget our responsibilities and go run away to taste wines. Recently, in one of our teams many (many) travels to Long Island wine country, we happened across an old staple of the region- Bedell Cellars.
The team at Taste of Purple recently hit the road and explored the wine region in the North and South Fork of Long Island. Along the way we had a lot of laughs, a lot of wine, and a little traffic! One of our absolute highlights was Wolffer Estate.
Our team at Taste of Purple recently ventured out to Napa, CA in search of good wine and better company. Our journey proved to be not only a fun filled adventure with good friends but also an educational experience. Of the many (and trust us many is an understatement) wineries we visited, one of our absolute favorites was Frias Family Vineyards.
At first glance, Channing Daughters seems like any other tasting room. With a simple layout and casual environment, it may appear ordinary to some. The minute we started our tasting it was clear this was far from the truth.
The team at Taste of Purple are on a lifelong quest for the unique. The wine community is a constantly changing organism: always looking for new and innovative ways to enjoy their wine while holding on to the traditions that make the wine culture what it is. It can at times be difficult to strike a balance between the old and the new. We found a wonderful example of that balance at Lieb Cellars.
The team at Taste of Purple recently decided to go exploring the North Fork region of Long Island and were pleasantly surprised with what we found. Amidst sprawling farm land and roaming alpacas were some amazing wineries and even more amazing people. One such winery is Raphael.
Sonoma Valley may have hundreds of wineries, but two stand out as being the oldest, not only in the area, but also in California. While Buena Vista Winery is the oldest commercial winery in the state, Gundlach Bundschu is the oldest family-owned winery. Let's talk a little more about these two fabulous places and learn more about the story of California's oldest wineries.
With hundreds of wineries in Sonoma Valley alone, you're going to have to cover a lot of ground if you want to see even a handful of them. Don't worry, because there are several ways that you can do Sonoma Valley wine tours, and just four of them are listed below.
I have here their Vino2, a very large glass with a notch on the side. What this notch, or indent, does is create a splash when you swirl, giving more contact with the air and opening your wine up more effectively in minutes rather than having it sit in a decanter for an hour. But I'll be the judge of that (he said full of himself).
Below, you’ll find a list of links that lead to detailed reviews of many of our favorite wines. We only discuss wines that we thoroughly enjoy, while at the same time are inexpensive and easy to access. We also only post wines below that we’ve personally tried AND reviewed. Further down the page, you can find a CURRENT list of wine coupon codes and accessories that you can use to get discounts for wines that can be purchased online (where applicable).
Lastly, we list out our favorite (and necessary) wine accessories at the bottom that you should have in your arsenal to maximize your wine drinking experience. Be sure to bookmark this page as it’s updated almost daily with new wine recommendations and reviews.
Experience the unconventional. That is the tag line you are greeted with when you enter the 11|11 website. It is also the feeling that hits you when you walk into their winery. The name itself means something that could not have happened by chance, and it’s no wonder considering this winery’s amazing story of beginnings. We had the chance to visit the winery, taste the wines, talk with the owners, and indeed experience the unconventional.
Few people know this, but one of the attractions of Long Island is its vast expanse of vineyards, which is known as Long Island Wine Country. The area boasts of dozens of vineyards that produce different varieties of wines. So it comes as no surprise that Long Island is repeatedly named as the premier destination when it comes to wine tasting. Whether it is your first time or whether you have a refined tasting palette, the following are some Long Island wineries you have just got to visit at least once.
. If great wine truly starts from the ground up, what kind of soil grows a great wine? The answer varies on the type of wine you’d like to produce. Soil has the ability to produce a nice stable home life for the vines, based on a variety of factors. First, it needs to be consistent. It’s not uncommon for vineyards to consult with analysts to lay out the soil patterns on their land before mapping out their vines. Next, consider granulometry. It’s a big word for what it’s describing. Basically it’s the study of grain sizes in sedimentary rock. And it’s a large factor in our soil. Soil texture effects water runoff and infiltration. And then you have the organic properties of the soil to consider. Its materials determines it irradiance, or how much sun and heat will be reflected. Now factor in your soil PH levels. If the soil is too nutrient rich it will overproduce grapevine vegetation and put less effort into the production of quality grapes. But too little nutrients and you’ll have a lack of foliage, leading to the possibility of scorched grapes. Is your head spinning with soil specifics yet? You could devote a lifetime to the study of soil and its effects on wine, but since we all can’t quit our day jobs and start a life of farming, let’s break it down into some of your most common soil types:
The number of Long Island wineries have steadily increased in the past few years, which has led to a fantastic selection of delectable wines to be enjoyed. While touring vineyards in Long Island is the way to go, that’s not the only way you get to enjoy some of the best vintages in Long Island. The following is going to be your guide to some of the best wines to come out of Long Island.
There’s nothing like a good back story. Your favorite characters come alive through the eyes of their childhood. What made them who they are today? How did they become the complex, intricate person you know and love? People are products of their environment and as it turns out, wine is not so different. You’re probably thinking I’ve gone round the bend, but stay with me here! To understand a great wine we must go back to its very beginning as a tiny cluster of grapes. We must see what it lived through, how it was influenced, what factors made it what it is today. And if the wine is our heroine, then the grape is its metaphorical younger self. This makes the vine its childhood and Terroir, its origin story.
...we need to consider our five S’s when tasting wine: See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip, and Savor. An integral part of the process is the sniff, or the aromas we perceive in our wine. The purpose of an Aroma Kit is to enhance our detection of different scents and train our senses to pick up those aromas more readily. Most commonly they are used by sommeliers looking to increase their palate, but they can be useful for the novice wine enthusiast as well.
There may be no better way to describe South African other than diverse. It has been referred to as the Rainbow nation due to all the vast cultures and languages (eleven to be exact) that have settled and made it a home.... But amidst all this diversity lies a vast viniculture that produces some quality wines.
We live in a day and age where technology is advancing at a rate that has never seen before. While many of these tehcnological advances are aiding in improving society as a whole, let’s not forget about how wine accessories can aid in improving our personal lives too. I think it was Ernest Hemingway who put it best when he said…
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
Thank you, Ernest. Any discerning wine enthusiast should have an arsenal of items geared towards enhancing the enjoyment that comes with each bottle of wine. With that being said, let’s take a look at some affordable wine accesseries that will aid in enhancing you and yours wine drinking experience.
These accessories range from bottle openers, wine aerators, wine savers, bottle stoppers, self-aerating wine glasses to decanters and even wine that travels! All of these wine accessories are great to keep around the house or give away as gifts for special occasions.
What is the Dominant Nostril? The concept that everyone has one nostril that is more adept at picking up scent. Several communities refer to this as Nostril Rivalry, similar to Binocular (eye) Rivalry or even having a dominant hand. For example, if someone throws a ball at you most likely you will reach up to catch it with your dominant hand without giving it a second thought. Your nostrils, while similar in theory, are slightly different. How so?
The next time you are dining out, take a quick gander at the "by the glass" wine list and you might see something quite surprising: a "wines on tap" list. Now beer drinkers around the world have hailed the almighty tap for quite some time. It's fresher! It's more flavorful! The handles are cool! (Ok that last one was me). But having learned to uncork a bottle at the mature age of 5, my mind was reeling at the idea of wine being pushed through a tube out of a tap! Where is the charm? Where is the tradition? Throwing my conventional notions aside however I decided to give it a try, and found myself pleasantly surprised.
Orange Wine: Not made from Oranges. It may be better described as “Amber Wine” “Golden Wine” or “Skin-Contact Wine.” In the simplest of terms, it is a white wine, made from white-fleshed grapes, that is left in contact with the skin for days, weeks, or months. This leaves the wine with an increase in tannins and color. The end result being a white more similar to a red and an overall more complex wine.
Grapes are tiny beings, but quite smug. It takes roughly 600 of them to make a bottle of wine, and they are all too aware of their power in numbers. Now, hang around the wine industry long enough and you learn there is much more to the complexity and flavor of the wine then the grape. What type of soil was the grape grown in? That can change the color, aroma, and acidity of the wine. Was it fermented in a barrel or stainless steel? Perhaps you’ve heard of wine with hints of vanilla, smoke, or oak. These all come from the barrel. Even topography effects taste. Are the vines located on a hillside, or valley? This can have a major impact. Still we wouldn’t have this nectar of the gods we love so much without one tiny singular factor: The grape itself.