Marvelous Meritage

Marvelous Meritage

Meritage is America’s answer to Bordeaux. To avoid stepping on those French toes, wineries outside of Bordeaux, France have turned to the word Meritage to distinguish their “Bordeaux Blends”. These are wines blended with classic grapes from the...
Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Made famous by the movie Sideways about the Santa Barbara wine region, the delicate and versatile Pinot Noir grape calls Burgundy, France home. But now it’s grown across the world. Several regions have emerged as producers of high quality wine from this finicky...
Tempranillo

Tempranillo

Known by many names (see below), the Tempranillo grape has had a long history and impact in Europe – especially in Spain. Today this black grape is being grown in regions all over the world. The name “Tempranillo” stems from the Spanish word Temprano...
Malbec and Carménère

Malbec and Carménère

In 1868 the malbec grape was introduced to Argentina by a French agronomist who brought cuttings from Bordeaux. The grape has flourished in South America and Argentina, especially the Mendoza area has become well known for it’s big bold and distinctive malbec...
BBQ and Wine is just Fine

BBQ and Wine is just Fine

Folks often reach for a beer at a BBQ but we think wine is just fine. And there are many wines that pair great with slow cooked meats and grilled veggies from crisp and light white wines to big bold and fruity reds. Join us at 4e Winery on Saturday, July 9 for a BBQ...

Kiwi wines – New Zealand

Did you know they can grow merlot down below? It isn’t a blunder that cab and syrah bring the thunder down under. And, what the heck? Let’s try some malbec! While New Zealand certainly produces some stunningly good, characteristic sauvignon blanc and pinot noir,...
Blending Grapes

Blending Grapes

Who doesn’t love blended wines? Most wines have more than one grape variety in them even if they only list one on the label. Different varieties provide different components to a wine to round out it’s flavors, aromas and textures. Some of the grapes used...
The Pope’s New Castle

The Pope’s New Castle

Nestled in the Rhone Valley just north of Avignon, France lies the wine region known as Chateauneuf-du-pape. This literally translates to “New Castle of the Pope”. The region is steeped in history and winemaking and produce some of France’s finest...
The Other Rhones

The Other Rhones

France has long been regarded as the source of great wines. While Bordeaux and Burgundy get most of the hype, the wines of the Rhone River are some of the best wines in world. Last November we tasted wines from the most prestigious appellations of the Northern Rhone,...
How sweet it is

How sweet it is

If you love ports, you know how wonderful they can be. I once heard that a nice ruby or tawny port goes well with chocolate, nuts and caramel. So, of course I immediately paired a 20 year old vintage port with a snickers bar and it was a match made in heaven. Ports...