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Adrienne Reiter
April 2, 2018 | Adrienne Reiter

Your Wine Horoscope! Which Wine Defines Your Sign?

Orange Wine; Aquarius - 
January 20 through February 18 

No, it doesn’t come from oranges and it isn’t something new. These wines are centuries old and as unique and rare as this artistic air sign. Orange wines were traditionally made in clay vessels underground with their skins left on longer than a Rose. Consisting of muted notes combined with sweet hints of cherry, this complex unique drink matches Aquarius’ eclectic style.



Malbec; Pisces -
February 19 through March 20

This bold entree pairing drink balances your gentle good-natured personality. Just like a Malbec is to the wine family, this most sensitive sign of the zodiac still takes on bold roles such as rock stars (Kurt Cobain) or professional boxers (Floyd Mayweather). In regards to whether or not it wants to be consumed with or without food, this rich spicy wine changes its mind constantly. Remember, constant debate requires an agile intellect.


Rose; Aries -
March 21 through April 19

Just like Aries, Rose refuses to take a backseat to anything. This chilled semi-sweet varietal inspires passion anytime of the night or day. Get ready for endless intrigue and conversation. Just like this fiery sign, Rose is the next old/new big thing. Have a glass and get inspired.


Pinot Grigio; Taurus -
April 20 through May 20

While crisp and dry, this wine is a reliable delicious masterpiece served best refreshingly cool. You can dress it up or down. It stays just as classy on an outdoor picnic bench and/or a white-gloved fine dining event. It’s reliable and dependable, just like you.

Pinot Noir; Gemini -
May 21 through June 26

Your dualling personalities rarely see eye to eye, until they both consume this temperamental succulent red wine whose flavor is as difficult to combine as your dueling sweet selves. Once it’s done right it gains complexity in rapid form. Both are your favorite qualities about yourselves, my beautiful borderline friend!

Syrah; Cancer -
June 21 through July 22

You’re the most caring and compassionate sign of the zodiac. You’re also the lustiest. This full-bodied tannin filled red is ready for action any time of the night or day. It’s also a great sipping drink to bond over late night talks about your best friend and lover’s hopes and dreams.


Lambrusco; Leo -
July 23 through August 22

This stand-alone varietal is dry yet bursting with fruity flavors. Shake out that lion’s mane and get ready to perform. It’s balanced combo is perfect for bringing people together as a social lubricant. Pop a bottle or five, and with it get ready to take center stage.

Cabernet Sauvignon; Virgo -
August 23 through September 22

Your sweet and sexy zodiac personality fits together with Cabernet Sauvignon like two loving puzzle pieces cradled in the center of a vibrant board. How can you go wrong with both of your rich full-bodied flavor?

Moscato; Libra -
September 23rd through October 22

Your celestial scales are finely balanced with this sweet sparkling white wine. From succulent salmon to a tart fresh rhubarb pie, this beauty goes well with a wide range of delights.

Chardonnay; Scorpio -
October 23 through November 21

As the strongest sign in the zodiac, you’re either a lover or a stinger. You crave excitement and adventure. We recommend you take a glass of this full-bodied buttery white wine before swan diving off that cliff. As usual, you’ll come back unscathed to finish the rest of the bottle later. You always do.

Sauvignon Blanc; Capricorn -
December 22 through January 19

Yes, Capricorn! It’s ok to relax. No. Really. You’ll love this multi-regional varietal wine that originated from the Bordeaux region of France. Dry with low sugar levels, this wine gets straight to the point. A good bottle is sure to satiate your desire for high quality and tradition.

Our sign is just as unique as every bottle of wine. Each body is a life with a beginning, middle and end. So is every bottle of wine as it peaks and gradually begins it’s decline. Let’s grab our bottles and spin the wheel of fortune. It’s never too late!


Adrienne Reiter
March 22, 2018 | Adrienne Reiter

Our Top 3 Myths Debunked


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Ancient Egyptians avoided wine because of its resemblance to blood. They believed it was the blood of Gods who had fallen in battle, and this was why wine drove people to lose their senses and act wild and crazy when under its influence. It wasn’t long until they secretly tried it themselves, loved it, then immediately changed the rules. Talk about a good review.

Wine soon played an important role in ancient Egyptian ceremonial lives. Ever since the Bronze Age, the Egyptian wine industry has seen its ups and downs. Yet, the country’s wine industry continuously expanded until the country’s liberal monarchy was unseated during the Egyptian revolution of 1952.


No. There are four awesome uncorking hacks available in everyone’s home. Take that lovely bottle into the garage, wedge a bike pump into the cork, and with your friend or better half holding the bottle steady pump away to pop that cork out of the bottle.

You can also use a serrated knife. After uncovering any foil, carefully insert the knife into the side of the cork’s edge. The cork will begin to work itself out when you begin turning the knife while pulling up.

Use a hammer. No, not directly. Twist a screw down into the cork, then use the hammer’s wedge (the back of the hammer) to pull it out.

Finding yourself without a corkscrew in the middle of nowhere? Not to worry. Use a shoe. No. Really. Remove any wrapping and place the bottom on the bottle in the heel of your shoe. Holding the bottle in place firmly whack the heel of your shoe against a wall or solid tree, and presto! The cork inches its way out.

Remember, necessity is the mother of invention and physics is our friend.


Screwcapped wines can absolutely be worth cellaring, can age just as well, and some will argue even better than wines sealed with a cork. Screw caps are no longer considered an indicator for cheap vino. Cork bark was considered the preferred choice for closing wine in Europe beginning in the 1400’s because it’s one of the few natural produced malleable enough to hold the contents inside a glass bottle. The pros to this cork alternative are: It’s a more affordable option. There is no TCA ‘cork’ taint. We have documented positive results for longterm aging studies. Screw tops are easy to open. Duh.



Our top three wine myths debunked.

Drink, be merry, and toast with enthusiasm.




Adrienne Reiter
October 16, 2017 | Adrienne Reiter

Why California Wine Is On Lock

It doesn’t take a whole lot to make wine, but it takes a special sensitive environment to make great wine. Have you ever had wine in Egypt? I have. It was as if someone had opened a jam jar and dumped it into a glass. During prohibition, grape juice mix was sold with a labeled warning that stated, “After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water do not store jar because it will turn into wine.”

You can make wine anywhere, and not all wine is even meant for consumption. Prince Charles uses wine to power up his vintage Aston Martin. Vineyards are highly sensitive to their environment, and California seems to have the sweetest spot for grape growing in the world. The proof is in the statistics.

If California was its own country it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world following France, Italy, and Spain. Wine drinkers everywhere pray the ‘big one’ won't hit California in their lifetime. If our fabulous vineyards dropped into the sea the world would truly suffer.

On a blind taste test in France, French wine experts judged a myriad of wines from California and France. Without fail California Pinots, Zinfandels, Sauvignon Blancs, and Chardonnays were voted the best. Viva la Californie!  


Time Posted: Oct 16, 2017 at 7:30 AM
Adrienne Reiter
September 24, 2017 | Adrienne Reiter

Wine Corpses & Antioxidants - Did you know?

Most wine drinkers know once a bottle of wine peaks it begins its steady decline becoming less and less palatable. Those who drink wine on a regular basis typically don’t have rotting corpses hanging out on their wine racks. But did you know the hugh and antioxidants are in the rind?

    Wines are red only because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are fermented sans skins. This is why red wine is more antioxidant than white. It’s also why you sometimes get a wonderful white Pinot, albeit confusing.

    The world’s oldest bottle of wine, still intact far beyond its peak date, dates back to A.D. 325. It was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses. It’s on display at the town’s Historisches Museum der Pfalz. Now there’s a famous corpse.  


Time Posted: Sep 24, 2017 at 7:30 AM
Adrienne Reiter
September 19, 2017 | Adrienne Reiter

French Wine Is Divine

Believe it or not (believe it) the art of fine winemaking stemmed from divine intervention. Twelfth-century monks to be exact. In fact, monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux are still making wine in California today.

Although wine was already being made in Europe during Roman times the first people to develop French vineyards were monks from the eleven hundreds. Monastic wine tours are some of the most popular tours in France.

The most famous champagne is named after a monk, Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715 AD). An advocate of everything organic, Dom Perignon improved on viticulture and developed techniques that are still used now.

Benisse ce vin.

Time Posted: Sep 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Adrienne Reiter
September 11, 2017 | Adrienne Reiter

Wine Improves Your Love Life!

An Italian study showed women who drank two glasses a day have a higher sex drive. In men wine actually increases testosterone circulating in their bodies by inhibiting the way they excrete the hormone. 

Ladies, remember being told to watch out when it comes to drinking calories? Not to worry. The risk of becoming overweight was thirty percent lower in women who drank two alcoholic beverages a day.

There, it’s settled. Wine remains the most potent aphrodisiac to keep our population going. Cheers!

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM
Adrienne Reiter
September 7, 2017 | Adrienne Reiter

Who Invented Wine?

No, the French didn’t invent wine. Le sigh.


While scientists have dated fossilized grape vines at sixty million years old, the oldest archeological evidence of wine was found in modern day Iran. What is widely considered the best evidence of winemaking is now referred to as, The Haji Firuz Tepe wine jar.


According to the ancient Greeks their god, Dionysus invented wine while living in Mount Nysa in an attempt to seduce the lovely nymphs surrounding him. Guessing those were his college years? Not a surprising action from the son of Zeus.


There are conflicting theories to who and what actually invented wine. I’m going to throw out the suggestion it was more discovered than invented. From Greek mythology to biblical stories let’s just say wine remains an enigma both surreal and wonderful.


Time Posted: Sep 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Adrienne Reiter
September 5, 2017 | Adrienne Reiter

Cheers! Why We Toast

Egyptians, Persians, and Saxons all pledged honor with a cup of spirits. Toasting was so important to the Romans the Senate made it law all diners drink to Emperor Augustus before each and every meal. In ancient times up until today the toast is and has been a third person expression of goodwill and honor.


It’s been speculated toasting began as a sacrificial libation to the gods, back when blood or wine were offered in exchange for a wish granted or prayer answered. Perhaps this is why we say things like, “To a long life.” and “To your health.”


The term toast came into fashion during the seventeenth century when flavoring drinks with spiced toast was popular. A toast has always been a show of reverence and appreciation.


So raise your glasses!


“May you live as long as you want, and never want for as long as you live.”


Time Posted: Sep 5, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Adrienne Reiter
August 10, 2017 | Adrienne Reiter

Life’s A Beach!

The best outing to slow down and take in that overdue dose of rest and relaxation is the beach, a good book, and a bottle of wine. Whether you’re traveling to the coast, or truckin to your final beachy destination be sure to pack one of these tried and true combos. Just click on the links below and sadal up!

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson is the perfect match for this sweet smoky Pinot. It boasts a well balanced acidity allowing for ripe fruit to tease your senses. Devour the now famous true story of how journalist and public figure, Jon Ronson had his identity stolen and his hell raising laugh out-loud adventures getting it back.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
Ano Verde 2014 Pinot Noir


Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson pairs deliciously with this cool beach wine. Take Lawson on your White Zinfandel revolution with this crisp zanny rosé made from one hundred percent old vine grapes. This fantastic memoir is gut bustingly hilarious. The cover alone makes it a fantastic beach read because the demented taxidermied racoon in front of your face looks awesome.

Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson
2016 Red Thread Howell Mountain White Zinfandel Napa Valley


Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid is as exotic and poetic as a 2015 Blackbird Dissonance Sauvignon Blanc. This wine lingers on the palate with bright acidity exuding mysterious aromas of peach, apple, and white flowers. Challenge your palate while Mohsin Hamid challenges the concept of love and borders.

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
2015 Blackbird Dissonance Sauvignon Blanc

With this no hassle bargain to fun and exciting books and wine you’re just mere clicks away from a perfect summer!


Time Posted: Aug 10, 2017 at 8:01 AM

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