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Wine Harvest

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close – the winemaker can reflect on the nail biting anticipation that goes along with the lead-up to this flurry of activity. Like almost no other business, the year’s toil is wrapped up into this small, highly anticipated window: a culmination of a year in the vineyard, at the hands of Mother Nature. Each vintage brings with it its own personality. In the words of a good friend and winemaker… read more

September Sippers

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Well, folks it’s that time of year… We are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition and Extravaganza!  If you’ve been in the past, you have some idea of how it works and how much fun the Extravaganza truly is. If not, then you are in for a treat.  In any case, we have made some changes this year, so here is the skinny:
As you may or may not know, we are now three stores and with the additional locations, we will… read more

Becoming a Sommelier

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

I have, over the years, had many people ask, “Where did you learn about wine and beer?” My standard response is “I drink a lot….” But in all honesty, I personally have not attended any type of school or classes—my “wine education” is based on considerable amounts of self study, travel, tasting and work experience. However, one of the motivating forces that spurred this “self study” was taking… read more

May New Arrivals

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

It’s the time of year when our presale gems come in, in fact we have added another 30+ labels in the last couple of weeks in addition to our standing reorder presale wines. It’s always exciting when these new wines arrive!
Here are some of our new rosés: 
Chateau Miraval 2013
It’s back! Brangelina’s second vintage from Provence. “The first release of the rosé from their summer residence and wine estate… read more

South Africa

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

I just returned from an incredible trip to South Africa. It is not the easiest or quickest place to go, but I can assure you it is well worth the time and effort.
The trip was organized through Wines of South Africa (WOSA), which is funded by the government of South Africa to help market their wine trade globally. I traveled with four other retailers from throughout the U.S., as well as the marketing manager of WOSA. These trips… read more

Celebration Season

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

It is celebration season: Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick’s Day, NCAA Tournament, Passover and Easter—this is definitely a busy time of year, and when we celebrate, well, we need to toast the event with the appropriate beverage. There are beverages for any and every occasion and ones that match any taste or style preference. Of course with Mardi Gras, I’m sure many of you indulged in the random Hurricane or Sazerac,… read more

Hong Kong

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

I spent a wonderful vacation at the end of January in Hong Kong. It was truly an eye-opening experience with such cultural diversity—I was able to try a mix of cuisines both local and multi-cultural. My traveling companion and I arrived late on Wednesday evening, so our trip really did not begin in earnest until that following Saturday. We were visiting my friend Lee’s daughter, Rae, and her husband, LY, who have been… read more

New Year’s Resolutions

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Well it’s that time of year—resolution time… Ugh.  My resolution this year started out with no resolutions, I just didn’t want to let myself down… again.  But then I started thinking, what I resolve does not have to be painful, difficult or self-sacrificing. In fact, if I’m creative, it should be something self-fulfilling, even allowing for a bit of luxury. So here goes:

Get more exercise and reward… read more

The 2013 Harvest

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

It is a time that every winemaker anticipates—a culmination of a year in the vineyard at the mercy of Mother Nature. Every year brings new gifts, new problems and new questions. For the wine lover and/or collector, it is important to have some knowledge of the vintage to assist you in your purchases.

Here is a quick overview of the 2013 vintage across the world:
In California overall, 2013 was a good, solid vintage.… read more

Turkey Whine…

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year, where friend and family can gather together for a delicious homemade meal, rehash the past and share stories of what makes us thankful for this year. I have found talking with friend and coworkers that traditions for this holiday run the spectrum. Many do the “anti turkey” holiday, many opt for dining out rather than staying home and many have their holiday catered (this… read more