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Don't Judge A Beer By Its Label

Don't Judge A Beer By Its Label

Don’t judge a beer by its label
Since we were kids we’ve been told “Never judge a book by its cover.” Well my friends, as adults we need to learn not to judge a beer by its label. Sanctum Brewing Co in Los Angeles has made a great beer called Death, a 100% Brettanomyces dry hopped Ale. When I opened a bottle of it last month I was amazed by how great it was. Super floral hoppiness up front with vibrant orange zest. The floral component becomes slightly fruity while the spicy yeastiness of the Brettanomyces balances it out on the finish. Such an expressive Beer, all the flavors playing their role perfectly, taking the mainstage when needed, but also willing to take up space downstage when asked.

Alsace Fest 2017!

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Alsace Fest 2017!

“These wines are amazing. Thank you so much for doing this!” when you hear your customers say things like that, with such earnest enthusiasm, you know you are not only on to something, you need to spread the word! I mean clearly there is a thirsty market of wine lovers out there that need to be reminded, or brought up to speed, on some of France’s most food appropriate and all too often overlooked wines from Alsace.

The New Wine Craze: Valle de Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico

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The New Wine Craze: Valle de Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico

Looking for something innovative and exciting from one of the most up and coming wine regions in the world? Look no further than our own backyard: Valle de Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico. The dry, windswept valley sits just northeast of Ensenada, about the same distance to Signal Hill as Paso Robles, and boasts some of the most exciting and innovative wines on the West Coast. The region has a long history of making wine, but it’s only in recent years that the influx of young talent, technological, and viticultural improvements have pushed the quality through the roof here.
Incidentally, the Guadalupe Valley has become a resource of world class cuisine because of its decades-long premium winemaking culture. Watch the delicious documentary Baja Taste on Amazon Prime. It'll give you the itch to get in your car and explore the wine and food of this emerging wine region.

The Finest Merlot: The West Coast and Bordeaux

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The Finest Merlot:  The West Coast and Bordeaux

Merlot: plush and seductive, nuanced spice, plums, mixed forest berry, sage, bay leaf, greens, tobacco, leather, cocoa, espresso, and vanilla. These are a few of the alluring flavor notes that come from one of our noblest grapes. With origins in the Libourne on the right bank of the Dordogne River in Bordeaux, Merlot has also excelled in Columbia Valley, Washington and Napa Valley, CA. When treated properly in the vineyard and in the winery, Merlot can be ethereal. So what happened?

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