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How To Save Money on Wine

truck.jpg1. Ship to your destination.

Have wine shipped directly to your vacation destination. Imagine going to that special place and having a case of well curated wine waiting for you and your friends and family! Tip: Call hotel management ahead of time.

2. Ask about damaged labels.

Most retailers have a list of cosmetically flawed wines with torn or stained...

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How to Store a Great Wine

Our heritage within our Napa Valley community runs deep. Founded in 1991 as Ambrosia, The Berglund Catalogue of Fine Wine, we were pioneers in partnering with local wineries in Napa and Sonoma to bring consumers library selections to wine collectors across the United States. Today, Ambrosia is part of The Wine Tasting Network and continues to offer...
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Monticello Vineyards: A 2008 Retrospective Tasting

Comments  |   Posted in Wine Life   |  By Peter Downey

Monticello Vineyards

Whenever we visit our Vintner Partners, we ask them the same basic questions:  ‘What do you need? What can do for you?’

Yesterday, while tasting Library wines at Corley Family/Monticello Vineyards in the Oak Knoll appellation (between Napa and Yountville), Stephen Corley had the answer ready: 

Monticello Aged Vintages

“Tell our story.”

The Valley is full of gr...

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Summer Sangria with Pinot

Making sangria with Pinot Noir requires a very appropriate technique when it comes to the mixing process. Make sangria with Pinot Noir with help from Michael La Vardera at The Tasting Rooms of American Estates Wines, Manhattan professional sommelier, beverage director, and wine educator.

Things You'll Need

  •  Mixing container
  •  Chilled pinot noir
  •  Chilled...
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About Your Weight


A few days ago, Steve (Schepman, President of the Wine Tasting Network) sent me a chart that paired wines and food by weight, and said we ought do a quick entry on this topic. This chart categorized Rielsing as light and Chardonnay as heavy. Pinot Noir (light) was deemed less rich than Merlot (medium).  Of course you ask, ‘Waitaminnit, Riesling fro...

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Taste the Mountains...

Comments  |   Posted in Wine Life Wine Features Wine Teasers Ambrosia Wine Just Got Personal   |  By Peter Downey


For millennia, hillsides were preferred for growing wine grapes where each plant has greater exposure to the sun, especially at the beginning and end of a season. At elevation, cooler temperatures, better drainage and thinner top soils make for a more vigorous vine.

In Napa, the Vaca Mountains to the east are pale with browned grasses, composed of...

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Delectus Feature


Here in the Napa Valley, so many new wineries are vanity projects, or investments that start with money in search of “brand equity” or “market share”.  It is comforting to know that men and women of vision can still come to Napa and Sonoma, to receive and reinterpret the life and work of the first producers who established this as a premier winegro...

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Sparkling Wine Popsicles

Mimosa Ice Pops Recipe

  • Champagne or Sparkling wine
  • Fruit purees of your choice (orange, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, etc)
  • Sugar (if needed, optional)


1. Make individual fruit purees in blender and then set aside. If needed, add a tiny bit of champagne to get enough liquid to completely puree your fruit.

2. For the ice pops, add a ratio...

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The Paris Tasting Anniversary

“Not bad for kids from the sticks.”

Paris Tasting

This was the sum total of Jim Barrett’s response to the news that his Chateau Montelena 1973 Napa Chardonnay had triumphed over several of France’s great white Burgundies at the “Judgement of Paris” blind tasting, arranged in that city by Englishman Steven Spurrier to mark the US Bicentennial.

There was one reporte...

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