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Storing Wine

One of the things that we get asked a lot about is how to properly store wine. Well, while we may not be expert sommeliers and our wine bottles don’t usually stand a chance of getting stored, we do dream of having that beautiful cave-like wine cellar one day. Until then, we’ve put together a few helpful infographics we came across that do a nice job of breaking down wine storage for us. Cheers!





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End-of-Summer Sale

If you think it’s been a little quiet over here at Vino & Vintage…you’re not exactly wrong. We just got back from a much needed Summer vacation in California. Don’t get it twisted though, it was definitely not all play and no work (though it was a lot of California wine!). Actually, we’ve been getting ready for some fun and exciting things that await us coming this Fall. In preparation, we are having an end-of-Summer sale! Check it out…..

Get your favorite “Winette” shirt and in addition to our sale price, we’ll throw in a free set of of all four “Winette” magnets and stickers and free shipping to the U.S.!


Get a set of our unique and classy “Winette” Charms and we’ll throw in a set of all four magnets and stickers along with a beaded fashion bracelet to decorate your wine bottle or your wrist…plus free shipping!

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Summer Wine Pairings

As Summer winds down in its last month, we thought we’d share another great guide to pairing different wines with some favorite Summer dishes.  Enjoy…Cheers!
Summer Wine Pairings

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Sangria Summer

The perfect Summer cocktail? Sangria of course!  Finding the right blend of wine, fruit and other ingredients can be tricky. A couple of Summers ago we shared some of our red and white Sangria recipe tips. (To read post: Click Here) However, this helpful guide from Wine Enthusiast Magazine breaks down The Anatomy of Sangria so you can easily create your own personal recipe. Experimenting is the best part! What’s in your Sangria? Cheers!

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Spice It Up!

wpid-picsart_1405118793299_wm.jpgWe may be in the middle of a hot Summer, but that’s no reason to prevent ourselves from indulging in some red wine. Even better, why not make it some red spiced wine?! We were recently given the opportunity to sample SPICED Wine from Spicy Vines. While mulled wine may be something commonly found during the holidays, Spicy Vines introduces us to a new kind of wine inspired by ancient traditions that can be enjoyed any time of year. We also happen to love their sexy website and photos. ;)

SPICED Wine is a blend of California Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah and Grenache, combined with Brandy and infused with fruit and spices that are good for you!  Best of all, it is made with all-natural and local ingredients using green and sustainable practices.

The bottle’s instructions recommend sipping it as is from a wine glass, or warming it up and serving it in a mug. As soon as we opened the bottle, the aromas of clove and nutmeg won us over. At first sip, we also noticed notes of fruit and pepper and found it surprisingly smooth. We then warmed up the wine to compare. Immediately we were overwhelmed with feelings of Thanksgiving, craving turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. While we both agreed we preferred the wine at room temperature, the traces of orange and other fruits gave us an even better idea for the future….Spiced Wine Sangria! We’ll let you know how that turns out. ;)

For more info and to get your own bottle of Spiced Wine, visit the Spicy Vines Website, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


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BBQ Wine Pairings

Hope you all had a great Independence Day! In honor of BBQ and Picnic season, we thought we’d share this super helpful guide from Vinepair to make your Summer Wine Pairings are a piece of cake. Cheers!

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Summer of Sauvignon Blanc

This year, May 16th marked the 5th annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day. It also meant kicking Summer off a little early and making the big red to white switch. We toasted the day with a Sauv Blanc from Los Vascos, which we wrote about in our wine reviews last month. (To read: Click Here.) Thanks to Pasternak Wine Imports, this past month we’ve also been enjoying some of their other 2013 selections.


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Domain de la Perriere Sancerre
Loire Valley, France
Vintage: 2013
SRP: $24.99

Winemaker’s Notes: The Sancerre Blanc Domaine de la Perrière is a dry white wine with a pale bright straw color. The wine is rich and full in the mouth and shows white peaches, apricots and exotic fruits aromas. The finish brings all the purity and the minerality with good length.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: A classic Sauvignon Blanc…Crisp but smooth at the same time. A bit more citrus than expected or we would have liked, but overall a good wine. Paired well with our cheese plate varieties and was refreshing. We rated it a 3.5 out of 5 on Vivino.

La Petite Perriere
Loire Valley, France
Vintage: 2013
SRP: $12.99

Winemaker’s Notes: La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely intense and pale gold color. On the nose, there is an explosion of very ripe, yellow and exotic fruit aromas. Clean and refreshing on the palate with notes of melon and a mineral frame. This wine can be enjoyed young but will also age well for 1-2 years after bottling.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: This classic Sauv Blanc was the favorite of the group. It was crisp and smooth, refreshing and full of expected and surprising aromas and flavors…strong notes of pear with floral aromas. We enjoyed it with some soft cheeses, bread and a refreshing Summer salad. We rated it 4 out of 5 stars on Vivino.

Marlborough, New Zealand
Vintage: 2013
SRP: $14.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc style is bright, forward and direct. Vivaciously crisp, it showcases grapefruit, guava, lemongrass, and tropical fruit flavors that linger through the finish.

Our Thoughts and Pairings:  The second favorite in the group, this Sauv Blanc was very crisp, but smooth. While we noted plenty of grapefruit and light citrus, the floral and sweet notes made for a well-balanced wine. We enjoyed it all on its own. We scored it 4 out of 5 stars on Vivino.

To find a retailer near you, visit the Pasternak Wine Website. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Cheers to Summer!


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