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5 pinks to pop
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5 pinks to pop

It’s now full-on summer and I’m sure you’re ready for major rosé time. I’ve already clocked a decent amount, so let the recommendations begin! 1 Made from Grenache, Consult and Syrah, Berne Inspiration ($21) is really light and a perfect Provençal-style rosé. They’re even running a contest to win a trip for 2 to Provence (enter here and bring me if … Continue reading

the spicy cocktail trend of the summer
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the spicy cocktail trend of the summer

New summer/TikTok trend alert: spicy rosé.  It’s simply throwing some jalapeño slices and some ice into your rosé. Usually I’m not into putting stuff in my wine, but with a non-fussy rosé there isn’t much harm. Grapefriend tip: I definitely wouldn’t use a light, Provençal-style rosé which would get completely overwhelmed by the spice. A good Tempranillo-based Spanish rosato holds … Continue reading

a succulent cava
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a succulent cava

Earth Day might be over, but that doesn’t mean wineries stop being sustainably-minded of course. Segura Viudas, cava from Penedes Spain, is part of Wineries for Climate Protection, which certifies Spanish wineries for meeting sustainable criteria. One of the key areas they concentrate on is water management, which sets limits on the amount of watering they do in the vineyards. … Continue reading

mother’s day fizz
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mother’s day fizz

We all love Prosecco for its easy, fruity fizz. You can basically get Riondo Prosecco anywhere, but now it has a new style. They recently created this full spumante instead of its usual frizzante. What’s the difference? Spumante has more effervescence, while frizzante has just a slight fizz. I love getting granular about bubbles. I use Prosecco for … Continue reading

earth day bubbles
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earth day bubbles

Less than 4% of Champagne’s vineyards are certified organic, but Leonardo DiCaprio became in investor in one of the houses that’s going to up that number. Champagne Telmont is on track to convert all estate-owned vineyards to organic agriculture by 2025 and their partner wingrowers’  by 2031. Currently their Réserve de la Terre is already all organic. In addition, they’re going green in many other ways: … Continue reading

more cowhorn
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more cowhorn

Coming off of last month’s International Whisky Day, you may want to spend this month sipping some cool new experiments. Waterford Whisky in Ireland has been exploring how historic farming and growing techniques impact their whisky. Luna is the first single malt ever to be made from biodynamic barley, which has been farmed using techniques that treat the land as a single ecosystem.  … Continue reading