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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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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Riesling: A Somm Fascination

RIESLING: THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD AND UNDERAPPRECIATED GRAPE OF THE LAST 500 YEARS We all have our favorite, daily drinker white wines, right? Maybe it’s a crisp Sancerre, perfect on a hot summer day. Or perhaps an easy drinking Pinot Grigio to sip on by the pool. Maybe your favorite is a Chardonnay from Burgundy that … Continued

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Mexico: A Wine Destination

Mexico is a vacation spot known for its delicious food, sunny beaches, and tequila filled spring breaks. But what many travelers have yet to explore is Mexico’s incredible wine country. With three unique regions, providing a wide range of varietals, it has recently become a popular destination for vinophiles. The Spanish started cultivating wine in … Continued

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Wine Tasting 101

We all know how to drink wine but tasting it properly is a whole different ball game. Whether you are blind tasting or simply trying to understand what is in your glass, it is important to learn how to taste correctly. Since white and red wine are completely different animals, we will focus on white … Continued

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The Truth about Preservatives in Wine

  Preservatives often get a bad rap. Although they are essential to the longevity of food and beverages, they are assumed to be unhealthy chemicals. Alcohol, acidity, tannins, and sulfites are the preservatives found in wine. Without these ingredients, the wine you love would turn to vinegar.   Alcohol and Acidity The most fundamental preservative … Continued

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Wine Hacks: How to… Save a Corked Bottle

Scenario You’re on a date and things are going surprisingly well. Unfortunately, dinner has come to an end and it’s time for the check. In an attempt to keep things going you, invite them back for a glass of wine. You get back to your place and, thankfully, you have one bottle left in your … Continued

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