Category Results for: General Wine Information


Spotlight On: Campo Viejo

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Campo Viejo was founded in 1959 by two winemakers from Rioja, Spain, Bernardo Beristain and Jose Ortigüela. The winery name, Campo Viejo, was inspired by the land in El Villar de Arnedo where Jose Ortigüela spent his childhood. Directly translated from Spanish to English, “Campo Viejo” means “old field”. Situated in the heart of Rioja […]

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Wines of Chile: An Overview

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Spanish settlers first planted wine grapes in Chile around 1550. However, the Chilean wine industry really got its start in the 1980’s when Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres arrived in Chile and began making wines in the Curicó Valley. He ushered in a new era of modern winemaking and was the first in Chile to use […]

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Thank Goodness Wine is Gluten Free

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

“What is gluten, and why do I keep seeing Gluten Free options on restaurant menus and grocery store shelves?” These are just some of the questions you may be asking if you are not among the growing number of people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Gluten is the generic name […]

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Improving the Tasting Room Experience for Wineries and Visitors

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Over the past five years, I’ve written several posts giving tips for visiting wine country which included advice on being friendly and polite and respecting the time of the people working in a tasting room and on areas needing improvement in tasting room operations. Today, I want to update those posts as a result of […]

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Another Great Wine Party Idea: Bottle Swap

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Over the years here on Wine Peeps, we have shared with you a number of our best wine party ideas: wine tasting dinners, digging into the cellar parties, and our wine tasting group activities. Today, we’re going to share another great wine party idea: a bottle swap. A friend of mine who read about it […]

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QPR: How is it calculated and what does it really mean?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Getting right to the point, a high QPR Rating here on Wine Peeps means that the wine has a great price compared to wines of similar quality [i.e. same Quality Rating] within the same varietal/type. But there’s much more to the story. When we started publishing QPRs for all the wines we reviewed, there weren’t […]

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Three Unique Wine Clubs

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Today many wineries have some kind of a wine club. In fact, not too long ago we wrote a post entitled Should I join a Wine Club? in which we concluded that you should only join the wine club of a winery whose wines you already know and like, not just for the 15 to […]

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Improve Your Tasting Skills: Taste, Taste, Taste, and Enjoy the Journey

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Are you one of those people who are somewhat uncomfortable when opening a wine menu at a restaurant (especially in front of others whom you wish to impress), accepting an invitation to attend a wine tasting dinner (because you don’t believe that you are a sophisticated enough taster), or even walking the aisles in a […]

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Sparkling Wine Tutorial: Helping You Avoid Confusion at the Store

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

More than any other time of year, this is the season for bubbly. There are just so many opportunities to enjoy sparkling wines during the holidays. Whether you are looking for an aperitif to enjoy before Christmas dinner, celebrating your team’s big win in a bowl game, or ringing in the New Year, a good […]

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URBAN enoteca: A Wine Country Experience in Seattle

Monday, December 6th, 2010

When I first heard that a new wine, food, and special events venue was opening in Seattle, I was intrigued especially given the high quality of wineries that were on board to have tasting counters. Last week, we attended the grand opening party for URBAN enoteca, and I am thrilled to report that my expectations […]

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