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Everything listed under: Wine Varietals

  • About Factory Wines

    About “factory’ wineYou won’t find me griping about a $150 million home being built in Big Sky or the necessity to raise the tax rate to pay for new and better schools. I have a constitution alright to gripe and it helps to vent every now and again.My gripe this week focuses on the wine business, not because I think it is especially important compared with issues such as peace, poverty or education, but simply because this is my bailiwick.I get to taste a lot of wines and it is...  Read More...

  • What is NeuroEnology??

    What is Neuroenology?In his new book, Gordon M. Shepherd expands on the startling discovery that the brain creates the taste of wine. This approach to understanding wine's sensory experience draws on findings in neuroscience, biomechanics, human physiology, and traditional enology.   Read More...

  • April Wine Club Wines

    Preview of April Wine Club (Wines Ready Friday)FI am sure many of you are delighted to hear that we have the 2009 “Tosca” Blend for our first red wine in April. Reininger Winery in Walla Walla has bottled this special wine for the Intermountain Opera Bozeman presentation of Puccini’s “Tosca” next month. We are also pleased to have it in the Wine Club as previous bottling's of this blend have sold out to rave reviews. The label was painted by Bozeman artist Laurel Hatch.   Read More...

  • Everything in Moderation....

    New Definition of Moderation?So we know moderate drinking is okay, but what exactly constitutes as moderate? For years the rule was to one drink per day (which is equal to five ounces of wine) for women and one to two drinks for men. New research (that now applies to me!) has moved the goalposts and the old rules now only apply to those under 65.   Read More...

  • Steals and Deals

    Steals and dealsAn everyday favorite in and around Venice, the wine "Valpolicella" is the blend of Veneto's three most important red varietals: Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. Classically, they are a delightfully "dusty" palate of dried strawberries, raspberries, and sometimes even the bittersweet of rhubarb. We just received the 2014 Giuseppe Lonardi Valpolicella and it is one of the best of this genre we've encountered.   Read More...

  • The Unsophisticated Approach to Pairing Wine and Food

    Lowbrow Know-How: The Unsophisticated Approach to Pairing Wine and Food Many of you have met Allyson Yund. Apart from working at the Wine Gallery, she is a full time civil engineering student focusing on bio-resources at MSU. She also likes to write and has submitted the following article on wine and food pairing: "Everyone remembers their first time--that is, the first time they encountered a combination of wine and food that stopped them in their tracks.   Read More...

  • What to Know About Barbera

    What to know about BarberaOne of the wines we featured for the Wine Club this month is the Lavignone Barbera d'Asti from PIedmont region of Northern Italy. Several Wine Club members were not familiar with Barbera (bar-Bear-eh) as a grape or as a wine so I'd like to tell you a bit about it. Barbera is the third most widely planted grape in Italy. It is especially prominent in the Piedmont area around Turn where the Olympics took place about 10 years ago.   Read More...