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A new VinoVin Blog!

In the coming days and weeks, we will be migrating our blog over to a Wordpress platform.  The blog will still link directly to our site.  The web address for the blog will be blog.vinovinonline.com. We will update this blog on our site with news pertaining to the store, such as new products or announcements, however, all of our wine-related content will be posted to our new blog.    Just like anything else we always like to provide a why to our clients and readers.  In short, this move will help us organize content better and provide greater access content through better search functionality and archives.

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What is Methode Champenoise?

We put up a blog post a few days ago highlighting the sparkling wine producer Gruet in New Mexico, and mentioned that they followed "Methode Champenoise," but what is Methode Champenoise? It is commonly used as the "traditional" sparkling wine making process in many areas of Europe. The method is known as the méthode champenoise for us in the US, however, the producers of Champagne have lobbied the EU (successfully) to restrict the labeling of "Methode Champenoise" in Europe to wines exclusively from Champagne. The first and most well-known distinction in making wine following the Champagne Method requires that the wine go through a secondary fermentation by adding yeast and sugar with a temporary stopper and is subsequently stored horizontally....

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Champagne or Champenoise?

Champagne is from Champagne, France while Method Champenoise is a wine that follows the winemaking methods of the bubbly beverage from that region.  The Gruet family originated from Champagne, France for seven generations.  Their founder, Gilbert Gruet planted the first grapes in Bethon (Marne), which is now renowned for its excellent Chardonnay. Gruet began in the 1950s producing only 5000 bottles per year.  While the number has increased substantially today, the fervor for making excellent wine has not diminished.   After their success through the end of the 1970s, the family had an interest in expanding their wine making operations.  Unfortunately, there was not room to expand in France.  During their travels in the Southwest United States, however, they learned that there...

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California AVA, Dry Creek Valley

The holidays are coming closer, and we've been talking a lot about which wines are the best for this time of year. While the absolute BEST wine is always the one you enjoy the most, one of our favorites for the holidays is Zinfandel.  Dry Creek Valley is one of the best-known regions for Zinfandel in the United States. Dry Creek Valley began cultivating grape vines over 100 years ago, easily making it one of the oldest grape growing regions in California. Dry Creek Valley attracted settlers shortly after the gold rush in 1849. Around the 1880's the valley had several wineries, the majority of which planted Zinfandel for which Dry Creek is best known. Prohibition nearly put an end to grape growing...

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Giving Wine for Christmas

Do a little 'detective work' and find the best wines Here we are one week into December, and with Christmas only two-and-a-half weeks away, it’s time to get some of those last minute gifts for friends, family and coworkers. What better gift than wine? It’s the gift that helps those you love celebrate the holidays. Here is a little guide to buying wine to gift for the holidays. The first element to plan out is how much you want to spend on each individual who is lucky enough to be on your gift list. You might want to spend $50 on your boss’s gift and only $10 on cousin Timmy’s. There are great wines out there for each price range,...

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