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Intimidated by the sheer volume of options when you walk down the wine aisle at your local shop?  You’re not alone! Wine labels are meant to help you figure out what awesomeness awaits inside each bottle but between fancy designs and the variety of industry terms used by producers – they can often add to …

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Wine storage blog

That countertop wine rack proudly displaying the 2004 Dom Perignon your boss re-gifted to you last year for Christmas might look super classy but since it’s sitting a foot from your stove-top, you are slowly but surely killing anything worth drinking in the bottle. The important thing when storing wine (of any price-point) is not aesthetics …

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Master Sommelier Ian Cauble Recommends These Winter Dishes & Their Perfect Wine Pairings

In the midst of winter, the sun sets earlier and allows more time to spend at home with loved ones. Master Sommelier Ian Cauble takes this time to cook hearty winter dishes and pair with his favorite wines. Ian shares his favorite dishes to beat the winter cold. Trust us, you’ll want to make one …

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katy hepburn

Dating back to Ancient Egypt people have been tipping glasses, jugs and bowls of booze over as a means of important offering.  The roots of this tradition are pretty clear – sacrificing something precious (like wine!) to signify or request something auspicious – but the details of the deal have some interesting variations from culture …

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Zinfandel Grapes

 1.  Mystery Solved “Mystery grape” used to be zinfandel’s nickname because it’s origins were unknown. DNA fingerprinting has recently confirmed that Italy’s primitivo and crljenak kastelanski, an ancient Croatian variety, are genetically identical to zinfandel grapes. 2. Unique Character Despite this, United States regulations require that zinfandel and primitivo be identified separately on wine labels. …

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Wine and Fruit - a Perfect Pairing!

This year I decided to host a little post New Year’s shin dig for a few friends that I hold near and dear. But I have to admit, as excited as I was to spend quality time with my besties, I was even more thrilled for the opportunity to repurpose some cheap wine that was …

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Crushed is the premiere mobile wine app to power ZAP!

Did you know there are more than 50,000 acres of zinfandel vines planted in the U.S? You can learn more fun facts about zinfandel this month at the premiere wine tasting featuring zinfandel, hosted by Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) and powered by yours truly, Crushed Wine App. The Zinfandel Experience is an educational (and FUN!) wine tasting at …

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Top 10 kid-friendly things to do in wine country

  My parents dragged my brother, sister and I to Napa and Sonoma countless times when we were kids. We were bored to tears waiting in tasting rooms and did everything we possibly could to show them our displeasure and speed things along. However, had they taken us to a wine castle, on a 4×4 …

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Santa Barbara wine region produces world class wines!

Santa Barbara wine, ‘Wow!’. We have always known this region on the coast of Southern California to be beautiful and sun-filled with a Mediterranean climate. But Santa Barbara is also producing world class wines! With under 20,000 kilometers of grape vines planted (Napa has 45,000), this smaller wine region is home to mostly chardonnay, pinot …

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Keep the Holiday Buzz Going, Beat The Winter Blues

If you are like us, you are in denial that the holidays are over. Instead of moping around and letting the winter blues set in, we’ve decided to keep that holiday buzz going! Try these five tips to stay in the spirit: 1. Dine mid-week at one of you favorite restaurants.  On a whim, we …

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