Winemaster & Pitmaster Advice on America's Best BBQ

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As we head into the summer months, nothing is better than cooking on the open fire with friends and family over a few glasses of wine. It is time to shift into BBQ mode!

Winemasters recommend trying these five wine pairings with your BBQ this season: Sparkling wine and chicken, Chardonnay and grilled shellfish, Tempranillo and brisket, Malbec with b...

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The Art Of The Blend

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Which is better, a single variety or a blend?

Most wine drinkers are familiar with the popular varieties of wine grapes. Some people love Cabernet Sauvignon, but won’t drink Zinfandel. Others dislike Chardonnay but enjoy Sauvignon Blanc. But what happens if a particular wine is a blend of two or more varieties? Should a wine drinker even try a blend...

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Five Winemaking Moms Who Make It Look Easy

0 Comments  |   Posted in Wine Life Wine Features   |  By Anna Cupp

With Mother’s Day just around the corner (May 8), we thought we’d take a moment to celebrate some of the multi-tasking moms in the wine industry who have accomplished so much while still finding the time to juggle the demands of motherhood:

1. Mary Weber Novak (Spottswoode)

In 1977, when Mary Weber Novak’s husband passed away unexpectedly, leaving he...

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WTN Looks Into Customer Analytics

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Partnerships Rock

The Wine Tasting Network teamed up with Washington University's Center For Experiential Learning (CEL) to analyze our customer needs by segment. CEL supports projects that are team-based, faculty-guided, and provide "experimental" but very much data-driven marketing techniques. 

Led by Cassie Galante, CEL analysts Claire Hunt, Want...

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5 Wine Tasting Places You Must Visit In Napa

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Whether you’re one of the many uninitiated wine tasters or an aspiring sommelier, we’ve put together a short list of the best wine tasting experiences in Napa Valley. While there are many wineries that deserve mention, this short list represents a good sample of the many experiences one would expect from other similar wineries.

Even if you haven’t ...

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Hosting a Formal Affair: Recommendations for Serving Our Classic Easter Collection Wines

Comments  |   Posted in Tasting Today   |  By Kristina Palko

Easter Formal Party with WineAs your guests arrive, greet them with a glass of Schramsberg 2009 Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine (Napa Valley). This sparkling wine is an excellent starter wine and also works great for brunch. Think mimosas or oysters.

Next, slip into the Murale 2014 Pinot Grigio (Italy). With a good balance of fruit and acidity this crisp and elegant wine is a perfect...

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Meet Louis de Coninck, Winemaker for Beaucanon Estate

Comments  |   Posted in Wine Life   |  By Kristina Palko

Two Worlds, One Winemaker.

Our team had the pleasure of sitting down with Louis de Coninck, a 7th generation winemaker  originally from the right bank in Bordeaux, whose family’s winemaking roots can be traced back to 1740. Located on an unmarked road just off Monticello Road on the northeast side of Napa Valley, this unassuming property features 98...

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How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget

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How to Visit Napa Valley- Save $, Live & Taste Better

How to Save Money Visiting Napa ValleyWhether you’re planning a day-trip or spending a few days in wine country, with a little insider help from us you can make the most of your time and save money on hotels, wine tastings and dining. With almost 25 years in Napa Valley, this literally is our stomping ground and we are here to give ...

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Grapefruit Mint Bellini Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe

Comments  |   Posted in Wine Life   |  By Kristina Palko

Grapefruit Mint BelliniGrapefruit-Mint Bellini

Serves 6


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 2 – 3 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine (champagne, prosecco, cava…whatever you like!)
  • mint, for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water and mint to a boil. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove from hea...
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Looking at the Health Benefits of Wine

Comments  |   Posted in Wine Features   |  By Kelly J. Hayes, Sierra Sun Times

VineyardThe beginning of the year is when we all begin to consider that perhaps we should drop a pound or two after the holidays. So it was when I found myself at a gathering where weight loss regimes were the topic du jour.

“I love red wine,” said a friend who was holding a glass of what appeared to be a very white wine. “But I’m dieting so I switched to w...

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