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Ordering Wine Out: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone – Whites

Part Two – If You Like Chardonnay, Try A Viognier Using the same “if you like this, then you’ll probably like that” logic used in Part One for red wines, let’s apply that same approach to some of the most popular white wines and suggest some comparable alternatives, that...

Ordering Wine Out: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone – Reds

Part One – If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, try a Carmenere If you’re like me, you know which wines you like and are reluctant to take a chance on an unknown wine, even if you’re out for dinner and can buy it by the glass and not have to commit to a whole bottle. You go back...

Fun-loving, Friendly, Un-pretentious Wine Brands Target Millennials (Part Three of a Series)

The growth of wine consumption in the United States, in part fueled by 70 million (by the end of 2015) legal Millennial wine drinkers, has produced a new wave of wineries with their own ideas about wine and the proper way to drink it. The new rules of wine drinking are a lot like...

How the Newest Wine Drinkers are Shaping the Industry – Part Two

Part Two: Established Brands Reach Out to Millennials Aggressive use of multiple social media platforms, robust interactive websites and special tasting events seem to be the common thread in how savvy, established brands are courting and winning the business of millennial wine...

How the Newest Wine Drinkers Are Shaping the Industry (A Three Part Series)

Part One:  Millennials See Wine Differently According to researchers at a variety of institutions, the youngest wine drinkers in the United States have different attitudes about wine than their parents and even some of their siblings. Those differences are having a profound...

10 More Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Wine

1.  The U.S. is the largest consumer of wine in the world and now has 101 million wine drinkers 2.  Of the wine consumed in the U.S., 57% is from California, 34% is imported, and 9% is from other wine producing regions in the United States 3.  Wine sales in the U.S. have...

A Wine Club* for New Wine Drinkers

In marketing speak, the fastest growing wine drinking demographic is millennials. Roughly speaking, adults in their twenties, who by nature of their age have not had a lot of time to experience different types of wine or wine regions to determine their preferences. For most older...

Can a Low-Class Wine Lover Appreciate a 100-Point Wine? My Turnbull Dilemma.

I got as nice surprise this Christmas from my daughter. A bottle of Turnbull’s 2010 Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that received a 100-point rating from Robert Parker. For someone who normally spends $10 to $20 a bottle for everyday wine and seldom more than $35 or $40 for a...

Friday Night Whites… and reds!

It’s winter in a summer resort town and on Friday night the hottest ticket in town is wine tasting at the Anderson’s IGA. It might seem odd for a town of 788 residents to have a grocery store with a large wine department, but not Glen Arbor, Michigan. Located in the heart of...

Destination Winery of the Week: Castello di Amorosa

This week’s Destination Winery of the Week is very different than our past selections. They offer no on-site lodging. They have no restaurant. Yet despite what they don’t have, Costello di Amorosa is the epitome of a winecraze.com destination winery, with countless amenities for...