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  • State of the Wine World - 2016 Statistics

    Global OverviewWine shipments to the U.S. from all production sources — California, other states and foreign producers — grew to 399 million cases in 2016, up 3% from 2015, with an estimated retail value of nearly $60 billion. The U.S.   Read More...

  • Museum of the Rockies Wine and Culinary Classic

    If you haven’t called for tickets to this year’s Museum of the Rockies Wine and Culinary Classic, you’d better move it up the priority list; well over two thirds of the seats have been sold already. This is Montana’s premier wine event and will feature Master Sommelier Richard Betts as Master of Ceremonies and featured vintner. There will be close to 80 premium wines to sample while noshing on hors d’oeuvres prepared by Bozeman’s best chefs and caterers.   Read More...

  • Bringing Wine Home after International Travel

    I know it is getting to vacation season because I got an e-mail recently from a college friend who wanted to know if his 18 year old grand-daughter could bring home a few bottles of wine from Italy for him. First of all, it is not legal for travelers under the age of 21 to import alcohol- even as a gift.Generally, one liter per person may be entered into the U.S. duty-free by travelers who are 21 or older, although travelers coming from the U.S.   Read More...

  • Book review of “Cork Dork”

    Wendy Blake has lots of great things going for her. Smart, pretty, a WineClub member and employee of the Country Bookshelf-- she is a treasure in our community. About six weeks ago she dropped off a copy of Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork with a recommendation that I read it.   Read More...

  • Brush, floss and drink a glass of red wine

    A few years ago, I reported on a study at Oregon State University that showed that white wine was as effective a germ killer as Lysol. I assumed that the alcohol was the antimicrobial agent, but it turns out that de-alcoholized white wine was just as effective in killing germs on countertops and other kitchen surfaces. So what does that have to do with teeth?   Read More...

  • New Arrivals: Wines for June

    We just received our first case of the 2014 Lafage Cotes Catalanes Nicolas. Aged in large oak barrels, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Nicolas is 100% Grenache from the rolling hills and gravel soils in Southern France. It represents an incredible value, boasting fabulous notes of black raspberry, licorice and crushed violets to go with medium-bodied richness, fine tannin and a supple, pretty profile on the palate.   Read More...

  • Get Cultured Locally - 2017 Art Walk at Miller's Jewelry

    Every summer Bozeman hosts its downtown Art Walk on the second Friday of the summer months. The Art Walk officially starts at 6:00 PM  Friday, June 9th. We're anticipating great weather so come to Downtown, see great art and sample some great wines. As is our tradition, I will be at Miller’s Jewelry in the heart of Downtown at Tracy and Main.   Read More...

  • Grill and Chill -- June 2017 Wine Club Preview

    Whether you're taking advantage of the warmer days of June for planting gardens or spending time in the great outdoors, it's the time of year again to get some great grillin' and porch sippin' wines from the Wine Club.Reds2013 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Australia ($17.50) A superlative vintage for this wine, it shows plenty of approachability and supple fruit style. Red cherry and blackberry show up on the nose. Vanilla, tobacco and cherry notes sta...  Read More...

  • Keep Your Cool this Summer -- Chilling Wine Like a Pro

    It bears repeating that ice cold beer is one of the most refreshing and welcome beverages of summer. The cold, bracing feel of carbonation and the dry flavor of malty hops is a just reward for a well mowed lawn or the completion of a round of golf. It also bears repeating the proper method for chilling white wine does NOT come anywhere near the ice cold that makes beer so refreshing. Most white wines will be best at 48-54 degrees F.   Read More...

  • Flying Colors -- Wine Gallery Robustly Passes Health Inspections

    Ready for Inspection, SIR!!Last month, we were inspected by the Gallatin County Health Department as part of our yearly health and sanitation review. This surprise inspection covers all aspects of our public face including our coolers, food storage, restrooms, cleaning procedures,adequate hand sanitizing—the whole gamut. It is a great pride (and relief) to me that there were “no findings”.   Read More...

  • Superstar Standouts from the Extraordinary Tasting

    Last Wednesday a select group of tasters reviewed the 66 wines we presented at the Extraordinary Tasting. For those of you who missed the event (due to the snow?),we have some of the best sellers to report. Eberle Full Boar Red - $18.50Many of you remember this as a Wine Club wine back in 2015. The current version is a medium bodied wine, with juicy fruit flavors of cherry and blackberry,supple tannins and a hint of cola.   Read More...

  • Does Cheap Wine Cause a Bigger Headache?

    Cheaper the wine, bigger the headache? It’s not as if wines that cost less than $10 are always going to make you feel bad, or that wines that cost more than $50 are never going to give you a hangover—which is terrific, because one of my favorite notes in wine is “affordable.” How much wine you consume is the biggest variable.When you’re feeling hung-over, it’s because of a few things happening to your body. You’re dehydrated, you’re experiencing vi...  Read More...

  • Wine Club Options

    Wine Club updateMany Wine Club members are unaware of what our Millennium Club is. Simply put, it is one premium red wine per month. The selected bottle is usually highly rated and has qualities and characteristics beyond what one would expect from everyday wine selections.   Read More...

  • Does Wine Prevent Dementia??

    Does Wine Prevent Dementia?A new analysis of medical research finds that a nightly glass of wine with your dinner could be helping protect your brain from the risk of developing dementia. But scientists have yet to agree on why. Hoping to bring focus to the debate, researchers from Qingdao Municipal Hospital and Ocean University, both in China, conducted a meta-analysis of recent research on the topic. They looked at 11 all-cause dementia (ACD) studies with 73,330 participants, five Alzheim...  Read More...

  • Delicious Wines for Grilling Season

    Delicious Wines for Grilling SeasonI know I am a bit premature to be heralding summer already but doggone it, warm weather here. Summer is grilling season for our household. Grilling is our favorite season because it gives us a chance to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and great views of the Tobacco Roots and Bridgers from the deck while enjoying summer fare and a good glass of wine. One of the benefits of dining al fresco is that everything tastes good.   Read More...

  • Opportunities & Events

    Opportunities and events *On July 8th the Museum of the Rockies will present its Annual Wine and Culinary Classic. Every year members of the Wine Club have volunteered to pour wine for the patrons. This year there are a few new wrinkles that may make the event more enticing for volunteer pourers. First of all, one week before the event, you will be introduced to the wines on your table and given instructions on pouring.   Read More...

  • The May Calendar is FULL.....

    May CelebrationsMy father was fond of saying “There can never be too many celebrations!” It seems like May is full of good celebrations and we are here to make those celebrations memorable.• The week of May 8th is Teacher’s Week. Everyone’s life has been impacted a teacher in some positive way. We all have relatives and friends who are teachers.   Read More...

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