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Cater to Everyone with Ariel Vineyards’ Non-Alcoholic Wines

Ariel Vineyards’
10/15/2015

Did you know that 35% of all American adults lead an alcohol-free lifestyle? Just because they don’t consume alcohol, though, doesn’t mean that they don’t want to partake in a fine wine with their meal. In fact, that’s a pretty sizeable market that simply isn’t catered to on the wine menus of typical restaurants. Why not take advantage of this market by including non-alcoholic wines on your restaurant wine menu?

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Creating a Wine and Cheese Party Menu

Wine and cheese
10/7/2015

One of the best ways to promote your restaurant’s new wine menu is to throw a wine and cheese party. By inviting guests, creating an exclusive atmosphere and offering a selection of fine cheeses paired with your new wines, you can introduce your clientele to your restaurant’s wine menu while also building some hype to draw in new customers. In this post, we’d like to make a few suggestions to help you create the best possible wine and cheese pairings.

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5 Tips for Creating a Successful Wine Menu for Your Restaurant

8/31/2015

A successful wine menu is developed over time. Just like the wines it offers, it is the result of dedication, experimentation and years of refinement. From an inexpensive red wine to an extravagant chardonnay, every decision is tactical and imbued with purpose. But where do you start? How can you find a successful starting point for your wine list that will provide your restaurant with a solid foundation for future development? In this post, we’re going to provide you with a few tips that will help in the early stages of creating your restaurant’s wine list.

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How to Pair Your Favorite Wine and Food

Pairing wine and food
8/10/2015

Vintage Wine Company celebrates a massive inventory of international wines and, as much as we love a good wine, we know that wines are at their best when paired with amazing food. Throughout history, it’s been a known fact that certain wines pair wonderfully with specific foods. But, how can the average person be expected to know what works best with fatty fish? Or rich cheese? Or barbecue? Today, we’re going to look at a few common dishes and give you some general advice on how to best pair them with your favorite wines.

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A Closer Look at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Francis Ford Coppola Winery
7/27/2015

If the name Francis Ford Coppola sounds familiar, you may remember him as the director of critically-acclaimed movies such as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now and The Conversation. While his films are a sumptuous visual experience, Coppola’s wines are an equally laudable indulgence of a different kind.

Producing their first vintage in 1979, Coppola’s Inglenook Winery was located in California’s winemaking capital, Napa Valley. Starting small, the director’s family assisted in the production of the label’s first bottles by harvesting and stomping the grapes barefoot in a yearly celebration.

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Wine Tips for Summer Grilling & Gatherings

7/15/2015

Summer is the perfect time for gatherings—to grill and sit out on the patio and enjoy the sunshine. Whether you’re just throwing some hotdogs on the grill or are going all out with a juicy steak, a refreshing glass of wine could be just what you need. Here are some tips for incorporating wine at your next summer event:

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Red Wine 101

7/7/2015

The Basics of Red Wine

With hundreds of varieties of red wine grapes, there is as much red wine information to learn about as there are red grapes planted in all corners of the globe. That being said, you'll likely encounter only a handful of these grapes most often. In our red wine basics section, we cover the flavor profiles and regions of the most common red wine grapes. You can certainly choose to discover more beyond this short list, but for a quick and easy red wine 101, the following will fit the bill:

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Wine Trends of 2015

Wine Trends 2015
6/1/2015

The wine industry is predicted to experience a higher growth in the fine wine category, and some interesting shifts in market tastes.

When the Silicon Valley Bank released its Annual State of the Wine Industry report in January, it saw a continued growth in the wine market driven by a strong U.S. Economy. Fine wines, those priced at $20 per bottle and above, are expected to see a rise of of sales ranging from 14 to 18 percent.

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The History of J Lohr Winery

5/5/2015

The story behind J. Lohr Winery's 40 year history of excellance in winemaking.

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Sweet Today, Gone Tomorrow? The Impact of California’s Drought on the Wine Industry

grape vine
5/5/2015

In the worst of the going-on four year drought, many California wineries may be approaching the end of the vine. Many are predicting that despite how dry 2014 was, the 2015 season in California will be drier than ever. And although grapes are much more drought-tolerant that most other crops, they aren’t invincible. So the time may be at hand to purchase your favorite California wines.

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