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Corkage Policy = BYOW
Corkage refers to a restaurant's policy of letting customers bring in a bottle of wine. A "corkage" fee is charged by the restaurant for serving the bottle and using the restaurant's stemware. Put another way, a corkage policy allows you to BYOW - Bring Your Own Wine. So why BYOW? Let's start by putting... Continue Reading →
Is Canned Wine any good? We blind taste a mix of bottles and cans to find out.
Canned wine sales were $39 million in 2017, up close to 70% from the prior year. Boxed wine sales were $1.28 billion in 2017. All of this data is from Nielsen Sales Data. There was even a piece on CNBC recently about canned wine: Wine in new bottles from CNBC. So canned wine is increasing... Continue Reading →
Tasting: Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Louis M. Martini is at the heart of the history of the Napa Valley. Louis Martini came to San Francisco from Genoa, Italy at age 13 in 1900. Martini survived prohibition by making medicinal, church wine and kits for home wine production, which was allowed under prohibition. As prohibition came to an end, Martini... Continue Reading →
Best Wine Apps
You're at the wine shop in front of a stack of wines, most of which you know nothing about. What to do? First, ask someone at the store for a suggestion. Tell them what you have enjoyed in the past. Maybe answer a couple of questions and they should be friendly and eager to assist. ... Continue Reading →
Wine Movies on Netflix
Are you one of the 109.3 million Netflix subscribers on the planet? If yes, there are several entertaining wine movies at your finger tips right now. We've included our favorites here for you. They are a bit documentary-ish, but every bit as entertaining as they are educational. Sour Grapes - An entertaining documentary from 2016... Continue Reading →
Champagne fun facts in case your New Year’s Eve is less than sparkling
"You'll shoot your eye out!" The pressure in a Champagne bottle is usually 70-90 pounds per square inch. That is greater than the pressure in a bus tire. Seriously, be careful. ... Continue Reading →
Tasting : Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015
Here is another wine to take to Christmas or New Year's Eve. It is delicious, widely available, and reasonably priced. I'm often asked about the wines I bring to events and for this wine I'd share the history of the Seghesio Family and their focus on Zinfandel. While we tasted the 2015 here, I would... Continue Reading →
Google it, "Top Wine Gifts for Christmas 2017" and then get ready for information overload. We've reviewed 25-30 of these lists, added several items we personally own or use and produced this Top 10 List for you. We made sure at least half the gifts would not break the bank. We've also indicated the items... Continue Reading →
France Ranked #1 in the premier World Soccer & Wine Ranking by VinoOutLOUD!
Those passionate about soccer/futbol and wine are going to love this. VinoOutLOUD has written a six-factor weighted formula to rank the top 20 countries on the planet for wine and soccer combined. The Ranking Formula The World Soccer & Wine Rankings are published by VinoOutLOUD. The rankings are determined annually by weighting six overall factors... Continue Reading →
Tasting: Sanctuary Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2015
With the holidays upon us, we thought it might be helpful to taste a few wines that VinoOutLOUD readers can easily obtain at reasonable prices. We bought this Sanctuary Cabernet Sauvignon at Costco for $29.99. You might not fire back $30 bottles on your Tuesday nights, but if you’re heading to a holiday gathering and... Continue Reading →
Top 100 Lists for 2017 from Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast has released their 2017 Top 100 Lists. We love Wine Enthusiast's approach with three Top 100 Lists that cover the wine spectrum with a value list, best of the best list and a list of wines for cellaring or collecting. With a combined 300 wines, these lists provide something for everyone. I'd encourage... Continue Reading →
Top 10 Wines of 2017 from Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator has released it's top 100 wines of 2017. The top ten wines were announced over the course of the last week with 1-2 wines announced daily in videos available on winespectator.com. Wine Spectator has been publishing the Top 100 wines each year since 1988. According to the WS website, the selection criteria include... Continue Reading →