Cult Wines of Napa Valley & Allocation

You know the names. Maybe you’ve even gotten your hands on a case or two or managed to get a sip here or there at a wine tasting, but it is rare for wine lovers to have had their fill of the powerful, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines that have elevated California’s global standing in recent … Continued

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More than a Somm

Do you know there are various wine certifications out there besides being a Sommelier? If you do, do you know the difference between them? Sommelier is a familiar term and with the Somm Movies on the rise and wine cultural expanding, this profession is pretty well known. Wine collectors and avid foodies have been aware … Continued

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Clay to Cork

Have you ever wondered about the evolution of the wine bottle and corks? Or how we have gone from storing wine in underground caves and cellars to storing wine in locker storage? We didn’t wake up one day with all the technology, experience and know how to say “This is it!”. We (humanity) have earned … Continued

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Biodynamic Farming and Wine

What exactly does the word biodynamic mean in relation to wine and how does it differ from organic or sustainable? As a society that is becoming more and more health conscious, all of these words are tossed around quite frequently. And as consumers, we eat that up. We love it. It makes us feel better, … Continued

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Pyrazines & Wine

Have you ever smelled or tasted a wine and the first thing you thought of was a vegetable? We know, we know – not exactly a description that you would expect right off the bat – or be interested in tasting for that matter. However, there are several varietals out there that are known for … Continued

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Beaujolais – Why It Should Be On Every Thanksgiving Table

Located in eastern France, just north of Lyon lies Beaujolais. Nestled ever so perfectly between Burgundy and Rhône, this lesser-known wine growing region is slowly but surely gaining more popularity. Beaujolais is geographically divided into two sections by the Nizerand River and you’ll find different soils on each side. This is important to note because … Continued

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Wine Country 101

Planning a trip to wine country? Let us help you! There are a lot of variables that come in to play when planning your perfect getaway. We’re here to give you a few basic tips and recommendations to make your experience easier and more enjoyable! Have a game plan. What specific wineries do you want … Continued

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How To Pick Holiday Wines

Summer is finally coming to an end. As Phoenicians, nothing makes us happier than saying those words. Sure, the days are still creeping up in to the 90’s but where we can really see the break in the heat is in the early mornings and late evenings – it’s crisper, cooler. There is a change … Continued

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The Importance of Wine Storage

Certain wines must be aged to achieve peak quality. This statement is so prevalent in the general public’s consciousness that many consider it common knowledge. Most people also know that wine must be stored in a certain manner. Few people know the details, nor understand the actual science behind aging wine, which may explain why … Continued

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Vinum 55 and AZ Food + Wine!

When Darla Hoffmann, one of the best up and coming Somms in the Valley asks if they can write an article about you for AZ Food + Wine, you say YES. Thank you Darla, we are so honored and grateful to you for writing this beautiful piece! https://www.azfoodandwine.com/somm-insider-vol-9-vinum-55/ Vinum 55 exists to make everything about … Continued

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